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How Architecture Works: A Humanist's Toolkit.
Rybczynski, Witold.
How Architecture Works: A Humanist's Toolkit.
In How Architecture Works, Witold Rybczynski, one of our best, most stylish critics and winner of the Vincent Scully Prize for his architectural writing, answers our most fundamental questions about how good-and not-so-good-buildings are designed and constructed. Introducing the reader to the rich and varied world of modern architecture, he takes us behind the scenes, revealing how architects as different as Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, and Robert A. M. Stern envision and create their designs. He teaches us how to "read" plans, how buildings respond to their settings, and how the smallest detail-of a stair balustrade, for instance-can convey an architect's vision. Ranging widely from a war memorial in London to an opera house in St. Petersburg, from the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., to a famous architect's private retreat in downtown Princeton, How Architecture Works, explains the central elements that make up good building design. It is an enlightening humanist's toolkit for thinking about the built environment and seeing it afresh.

Category: Architecture, History & Theory
Binding: Cl.
Pages: 368 pp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Year: 2013
Publication Place: New York,
ISBN: 9780374211745
Book Id: 96705

Price: $27.00

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