Experiencing Architecture

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/15/1964
  • Publisher: Mit Pr

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Profusely illustrated with fine instances of architectural experimentation through the centuries, Experiencing Architecturemanages to convey the intellectual excitement of superb design. From teacups, riding boots, golf balls, and underwater sculpture to the villas of Palladio and the fish-feeding pavilion of the Peking Winter Palace, the author ranges over the less-familiar byways of designing excellence. At one time, writes Rasmussen, "the entire community tool part in forming the dwellings and implements they used. The individual was in fruitful contact with these things; the anonymous houses were built with a natural feeling for place, materials and use and the result was a remarkably suitable comeliness. Today, in our highly civilized society, the houses which ordinary people are doomed to live in and gaze upon are on the whole without quality. We cannot, however, go back to the old method of personally supervised handicrafts. We must strive to advance by arousing interest in and understanding of the work the architect does. The basis of competent professionalism is a sympathetic and knowledgeable group of amateurs, of non-professional art lovers."

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
Basic Observationsp. 9
Solids and Cavities in Architecturep. 35
Contrasting Effects of Solids and Cavitiesp. 56
Architecture Experienced as Color Planesp. 83
Scale and Proportionp. 104
Rhythm in Architecturep. 127
Textural Effectsp. 159
Daylight in Architecturep. 186
Color in Architecturep. 215
Hearing in Architecturep. 224
Indexp. 241
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