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"Architecture begins to matter," writes Paul Goldberger, "when it brings delight and sadness and perplexity and awe along with a roof over our heads." He shows us how that works in examples ranging from a small Cape Cod cottage to the "vast, flowing" Prairie houses of Frank Lloyd Wright, from the Lincoln Memorial to the highly sculptural Guggenheim Bilbao and the Church of Sant'Ivo in Rome, where "simple geometries... create a work of architecture that embraces the deepest complexities of human imagination."
Based on decades of looking at buildings and thinking about how we experience them, the distinguished critic raises our awareness of fundamental things like proportion, scale, space, texture, materials, shapes, light, and memory. Upon completing this remarkable architectural journey, listeners will enjoy a wonderfully rewarding new way of seeing and experiencing every aspect of the built world.
The book is published by Yale University Press.
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By Petrie on 09-01-15
Reading too mechanical
The writing was a passionate depiction of a valuable force in any culture: architecture. But the narration was spoken as if the words had no meaning. Cut through that flaw, and the subject is worth hearing over and over again.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Michael Kwok on 11-21-10
Good Read, for professionals and regular readers
Reminds professionals the fundamentals and purpose of our profession. Regular readers not versed or familiar with subject will find their views realigned and see great works of architecture around in a different light with more profound appreciation.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful