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Manchester: An Architectural History Hardcover – 25 May 2000

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press; First Edition edition (25 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719056063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719056062
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 19.7 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 615,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Hardcover
Here is a detailed review of just about all the buildings of any importance in Manchester, and how they got to be there. Coverage goes up to publication in 2000, and also discusses several buildings under construction or planned at that time, including the Imperial War Museum, Urbis, the extended City Art Gallery, and the Eastlands Stadium. Illustrated with over 190 black and white photos and drawings, plus 60 excellent colour plates, the book is organised in coherent sections, such as "Housing in the Nineteenth Century", and "Bidding for the Games and a Bomb". The relationships between historical periods, Mancunian commerce and industry, architects, developers, and city planners are explained throughout, and there is a wealth of intriguing anecdotes, facts and figures. The only disappointment is the lack of maps, both to illustrate the development of Manchester and also as a guide to the reader, who is surely going to want to get out into the city with this book in hand (probably in both hands). The gazetteer listing the important buildings street by street is a partial recompense.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is great coffee table reading, with lots of lovely glossy colour photos of things to look out for in the city of Manchester. I have only lived in the city three years, yet after reading this book it made me want to go to town (the book is based on the city centre), and look up at all the hidden gems and details of buildings that you would normally just walk on by. The first few chapters really set the scene of Manchester's industrial history, pointing out what's left to see of the city from bygone days. It goes a bit dry in the middle where you may lose interest in the architecture and get caught up in the politics. I was quite looking forward to the last few chapters, which really set Manchester in its place today, talking about the up and coming sites and quality of life now available. Also, it leaves you feeling that there's some great architecture on its way to the city (which there is), so it's a city worthy of a visit.
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Format: Hardcover
I loved this book but found it quite a hard read. To me it is aimed at the student and not directly at the person who is just interested. I also found that I had to keep an A-Z handy as I couldn't place all the buildings mentioned. I learnt so much about my home city. I thought the history around the industrial revolution was very informative. I have put it on my list to read again. This time I will make notes....
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Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book, whether you read it for pure pleasure or in support of your academic studies. John Parkinson was my tutor at university; he was an inspirational gentleman and this shows!
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