- Paperback: 218 pages
- Publisher: Writers and Readers Ltd (Oct. 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0863160417
- ISBN-13: 978-0863160417
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Architecture for Beginners Paperback – 1 Oct 1988
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Looks at the development of architectural style, discusses influential architects, and examines the social impact of architecture.
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Essentially, the theme is that most buildings oppress because we live in an oppressive society, and architects, whatever their claims to vision, do nothing to challenge this. The end of the book disappoints a little, though, as Hellman fails to offer an alternative way of envisioning the built environment, other than as low-impact rural communities, and she idealises unconscious vernacular architecture a bit too much. The real challenge is to envision the planned cities of the future that we might happily and peacefully live in.
Architecture is how to build pretty and pleasant buildings to live in? Think again. This satirical look at architecture points out another almost Marxist view. All power to the workers and I'd like to read the one they do one Art History please, if they do one.
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