A classic examination of superb design through the centuries.
Widely regarded as a classic in the field, Experiencing Architecture explores the history and promise of good design. Generously illustrated with historical examples of designing excellenceranging from teacups, riding boots, and golf balls to the villas of Palladio and the fish-feeding pavilion of Beijing's Winter PalaceRasmussen's accessible guide invites us to appreciate architecture not only as a profession, but as an art that shapes everyday experience.
In the past, Rasmussen argues, architecture was not just an individual pursuit, but a community undertaking. Dwellings were built with a natural feeling for place, materials and use, resulting in a remarkably suitable comeliness. While we cannot return to a former age, Rasmussen notes, we can still design spaces that are beautiful and useful by seeking to understand architecture as an art form that must be experienced. An understanding of good design comes not only from one's professional experience of architecture as an abstract, individual pursuit, but also from one's shared, everyday experience of architecture in real timeits particular use of light, color, shape, scale, texture, rhythm and sound.
Experiencing Architecture reminds us of what good architectural design has accomplished over time, what it can accomplish still, and why it is worth pursuing. Wide-ranging and approachable, it is for anyone who has ever wondered what instrument the architect plays on.
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Experiencing Architecture by Rasmussen Steen Eiler (1964-03-15) Paperback
By Steen Eiler Rasmussen - Experiencing Architecture (2nd Edition) (1962-12-16) Hardcover
(Experiencing Architecture ) Author: Steen Eiler Rasmussen Jan-1962
What Architecture Means: Connecting Ideas and Design
What Architecture Means introduces you to architecture and allows you to explore the connections between design ideas and values across time, space, and culture. It equips you to play an active and informed role in architecture either as a professional or as a consumer, client, and citizen. By analyzing famous and everyday buildings while presenting and questioning the positions of important architects and theorists, this book will help you to evaluate and decide what qualities, ideas, and values you believe are important in architecture.
-How various definitions of "architecture" establish different relationships with all buildings, and even non-buildings;
-How buildings express and accommodate ideas of the sacred, the family, and the community;
-What an architect is, and what priorities they bring to design and construction;
-How an architects expertise relates to that of the engineer, and why these are distinct disciplines;
-About values like beauty, originality, structural expression, and cultural memory and their purpose in architectural design;
-About the interests and ethical values that architects, and architecture, serves and promotes.
Topics include sacred spaces, the house, the city, architects and engineers, aesthetics and design, originality and method, technology and form, memory and identity, and power and politics.
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