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Architecture for Beginners Paperback – 1 Oct 1988

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Product details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Writers and Readers Ltd (Oct. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863160417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863160417
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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It may look a bit complicated and zany but when you get into this book it points out some salinent points that we could do well to make note of.
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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There are a lot of pretty pictures and drawings in this book. Just the kind of thing for beginners and idiots like myself. I would recommend it to anyone just starting out and who wants to know exactly what Architecture's all about.
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Il libro, anche se molto vechhio è in condizioni eccellenti, e venduto ad un prezzo molto ragionevole..La spedizione non è stata velocissima
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By A Customer on 10 Aug. 1999
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About twenty pages in, the biting tone of this book begins to grate a little and you wonder whether it will be worth reading on. It is. Louis backs up her polemic about architecture and power with enough solid history and information to enable you to understand where the thrust of her argument comes from. From knowing more about Marxism than architecture, I now have a framework within which I can develop my thoughts about the buildings that surround me and enclose me on my way to, and at, work.
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.
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A pre loved book in very good condition, exactly as described.
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