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A history of architecture in 100 buildings / Dan Cruickshank.

By: Cruickshank, Dan [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookDescription: 352 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.ISBN: 9780007575589.Other title: History of architecture in one hundred buildings.Subject(s): Architecture -- History | Buildings | Buildings -- HistoryDDC classification: 720.9
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Featuring over 200 photographs, this stunning book by renowned television historian Dan Cruickshank tells the history of architecture through the stories of 100 iconic buildings Journeying through time and place, from the ancient Egyptian pyramids to the soaring skyscrapers of Manhattan, renowned architectural historian Dan Cruickshank explores the most impressive and characterful creations in world architecture. His selection includes many of the world's best-known buildings that represent key or pioneering moments in architectural history, such as the Pantheon in Rome, Hagia Sophia in Turkey, the Taj Mahal in India and the Forbidden City in China. But the book also covers less obvious and more surprising structures, the generally unsung heroes of an endlessly fascinating story. Buildings like Oriel Chambers in Liverpool and the Narkomfin Apartment Building in Moscow. Dan Cruickshank has visited nearly all the buildings in the book, many in locations that are now inaccessible and under serious threat. A History of Architecture in 100 Buildings is an eloquent and often moving testimony to the power of great architecture to shape, and be shaped by, world history.

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Includes bibliographical references.

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This engaging volume describes the cities and buildings that art historian and author Cruikshank visited for over 35 years on his own and since 2000 while working on television programs for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC): most notably Around the World in Eighty Treasures (2005) and Adventures in Architecture (2008). The book's inner covers display excellent maps, but the text is not scholarly at all-simply chatty-and major works by some of the greatest architects, such as Michelangelo and Frank Gehry, aren't included. The mass of material is organized idiosyncratically into individual chapters: "Pioneers" and "Sacred" comprise half the book, while "Big + Beautiful" and "Lost and Found" take up small sections. The "Material Matters" chapter is most provocative, and the Middle East is heavily covered owing to the past 15 years of warfare in the region. VERDICT Though many monuments aren't featured, this book is solid reading for worldwide travelers and a younger audience.-Peter S. Kaufman, Boston Architectural Ctr., MA © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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