Gothic: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting
These substantial volumes on art periods vividly portray the most important achievements from the areas of European architecture, sculpture, and painting. The impressive photographs of works from all visual arts movements are at the center of these richly illustrated volumes. The books successfully provide an overview of the artistic diversity of the individual periods, and they couldn’t have been written and illustrated any more clearly. The informative and interesting texts have been written by renowned authors from the fields of history, architecture and art history, providing a multifaceted view of each period. These books are a real pleasure for anyone with an interest in art.
Mary L Myers
French Architectural and Ornamental Styles
A catalogue of 125 architectural and ornamental drawings from eighteenth-century France.
Towards a New Architecture
For the Swiss-born architect and city planner Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, 1887–1965), architecture constituted a noble art, an exalted calling in which the architect combined plastic invention, intellectual speculation, and higher mathematics to go beyond mere utilitarian needs, beyond “style,” to achieve a pure creation of the spirit which established “emotional relationships by means of raw materials.”
The first major exposition of his ideas appeared in Vers une Architecture (1923), a compilation of articles originally written by Le Corbusier for his own avant-garde magazine, L’Esprit Nouveau. The present volume is an unabridged English translation of the 13th French edition of that historic manifesto, in which Le Corbusier expounded his technical and aesthetic theories, views on industry, economics, relation of form to function, the “mass-production spirit,” and much else. A principal prophet of the “modern” movement in architecture, and a near-legendary figure of the “International School,” he designed some of the twentieth century’s most memorable buildings: Chapel at Ronchamp; Swiss dormitory at the Cité Universitaire, Paris; Unité d’Habitation, Marseilles; and many more.
Le Corbusier brought great passion and intelligence to these essays, which present his ideas in a concise, pithy style, studded with epigrammatic, often provocative, observations: “American engineers overwhelm with their calculations our expiring architecture.” “Architecture is stifled by custom. It is the only profession in which progress is not considered necessary.” “A cathedral is not very beautiful . . .” and “Rome is the damnation of the half-educated. To send architectural students to Rome is to cripple them for life.”
Profusely illustrated with over 200 line drawings and photographs of his own works and other structures he considered important, Towards a New Architecture is indispensable reading for architects, city planners, and cultural historians―but will intrigue anyone fascinated by the wide-ranging ideas, unvarnished opinions, and innovative theories of one of this century’s master builders.
Expressionist Architecture in Drawings
The freehand sketch is of particular importance for the understanding of Expressionist architecture – even more important, it might be argued, than the finished building. For Expressionist architects were above all concerned with the spontaneity of the initial idea, a quality that only rarely survived the transition from drawing to reality, and that was often too fantastic even to attempt.
The purpose and functions of libraries require particular consideration from architects and designers. How they address such design such issues as access, storage, atmosphere, temperature and sound as well as local integration of the library building are among the topics considered in this interesting and practical reference.