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The Architecture Reader

The Architecture Reader

Essential Writings from Vitruvius to the Present

Edited by A. Krista Sykes


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  • The Architecture Reader brings together for the first time texts written by architects of international esteem
  • Already a popular architecture text at prestigious universities
  • Each essay is introduced by a helpful commentary that contextualises the author and the salient issues covered in the piece
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Encompassing two thousand years of building history, The Architecture Reader includes 40 key texts from Alberti, Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Gropius, Venturi, Gehry, and many more. The writings address persistent concerns in architecture and design, including the role of the architect and the relationship of architecture to nature, art, and science.    

The carefully chosen texts provide a taste of the multiplicity that characterises historical and contemporary views of architecture. Krista Sykes organises the selections chronologically and introduces each with a helpful commentary, contextualising the author and the salient issues covered in the piece. The excerpts appear in a variety of formats, including interviews, manifestos, lectures and treatises, and are representative of the varied sometimes conflicting approaches to building and design. In combination, they provide a fascinating overview of significant concepts within the field of architecture.

About the Author
A. Krista Sykes holds a Ph.D. in Architectural Theory and History from Harvard University. She is the author of Constructing a New Agenda for Architecture and was Managing Editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.
George Braziller Inc
20th Jan 2016
Paperback / softback
World excluding USA & Canada
228 mm x 177 mm
304 Pages
20 b&w
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