The Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius declared firmitas, utilitas, and venustas-firmness, commodity, and delight- to be the three essential attributes of architecture. These qualities are brilliantly explored in this book, which uniquely comprises both a detailed survey of Western architecture, including Pre-Columbian America, and an introduction to architecture from the Middle East, India, Russia, China, and Japan. The text encourages readers to examine closely the pragmatic, innovative, and aesthetic attributes of buildings, and to imagine how these would have been praised or criticized by contemporary observers. Artistic, economic, environmental, political, social, and technological contexts are discussed so as to determine the extent to which buildings met the needs of clients, society at large, and future generations.
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(292mm x 220mm x mm)
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Author Biography - Marian Moffett
Marian Moffett is a Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Tennessee. Michael Fazio, AIA, teaches architectural history in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University. Lawrence Wodehouse taught architectural history at the University of Dundee and various American universities. He died in 2002.