How Architecture Works - 9780374211745

Un libro in lingua di Witold Rybczynski edito da Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2013

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An essential toolkit for understanding architecture as both art form and the setting for our everyday lives

Modern architecture runs the gamut from fantasy to engineering to retro. In How Architecture Works, Witold Rybczynski, whom Library Journal called “one of our most original, accessible, and stimulating writers on architecture,” introduces the reader to the rich and varied world of contemporary design. Taking us behind the scenes, he reveals how architects as different as Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, and Robert A. M. Stern work their magic.
How Architecture Works moves effortlessly from a war memorial in London to an opera house in St. Petersburg, and from Alice Walton’s museum in Arkansas to a famous architect’s private retreat in downtown Princeton. In the process, we learn how to “read” plans, how buildings respond to their settings, and how even a detail of a stair balustrade can convey an architect’s intentions.
Rybczynski, who was awarded the Vincent Scully Prize for his architectural writing, takes us on a voyage of discovery and offers a humanist’s toolkit for understanding our built environment and seeing it afresh. “Architecture, if it is any good, speaks to all of us,” he writes. This provocative book is his summa on architecture today.

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