Looking Around

Looking Around

A Journey Through Architecture

Book - 1992
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Baker & Taylor
Using examples from the giants in architecture, a history of the art demonstrates how architecture actually works in corporate headquarters, private homes, and special buildings to represent our civilization

Blackwell North Amer
From the opening sentences of his first book on architecture. Home, Witold Rybczynski seduced readers into a new appreciation of the spaces they live in. He also introduced us to "an unerringly lucid writer who knows how to translate architectural ideas into layman's terms" (The Dallas Morning News). Rybczynski's vast knowledge, his sense of wonder, and his elegantly uncluttered prose shine on every page of his latest meditation on the art of building.
Looking Around is about architecture as an art of compromise - between beauty and function, aspiration and engineering, builders and clients. It is the story of the Seagram Building in New York and the Wexner Center for the Visual Arts in Columbus, Ohio - a museum that opened without a single painting on view, so that critics could better appreciate its design. But what of the visitors who want a building that displays art well? What of those who work in the building?
Looking Around explores the notion of the architect as superstar and assesses giants from Palladio to Michael Graves, styles from classicism to high tech. It demonstrates how architecture actually works - or doesn't - in corporate headquarters, airports, private homes, and the special buildings designed to represent our civilization. For all its erudition, Looking Around is also bracingly straightforward. Rybczynski looks closely and critically at structures that may once have dazzled us with their ostentation and expense, and sees them as triumphs or failures - of aesthetic ideals and of lasting function. This is a fascinating and illuminating book about an art form integral to our lives.

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Using examples from the giants in architecture, a history of the art demonstrates how architecture actually works in corporate headquarters, private homes, and special buildings to represent our civilization. 35,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 1992
ISBN: 9780670844210
0670844217
Branch Call Number: 720 RYBCZ
Characteristics: xviii, 301 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: A journey through architecture

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