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Architecture of Democracy Hardcover – July 25, 2006
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More About the Author
Greenberg, as so many immigrants are, is an ardent devotee of the blessings American offers. He has written several books, linking politics and architecture - The Architecture of Democracy (Rizzoli, 2006) and George Washington Architect. His clients include Harrison Ford, Carolyne Roehm, and Martha Stewart. He has built major buildings at Rice University, Princeton University, and the University of Delaware. Allan Greenberg, Architect built Tommy Hilfiger's flagship store in Beverly Hills, that has since become Brooks Brothers. He is the first American to win the Driehaus Prize in Classical Architecture (2006). Architectural Digest just named Greenberg to its AD100 for 2014 -the magazine's top 100 choices for "the world's preeminent architects and designers." This is his third consecutive year on the list.
Top Customer Reviews
In this book he uses an eclectic set of photographs of buildings that in his mind help to define the American democratic experience. These pictures vary from simple one room school houses to big ornate Government buildings. The pictures are combined with a description that explains what he sees in the architecture of that building.
Mr. Greenberg came to this country in 1964, fleeing the apartheid system in South Africa. Perhaps this has given him an insight that we natives don't have, or perhaps he just sees with an artists eye what eludes us.
Not all of the buildings shown are American. He brings in foreigh designs from time to time to illustrate the points he is making. It's a fascinating book that shows a different side of the art of architecture.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Greenberg's hypothesis that American public architecture is based off of the American house is persuasive, but the book pretty much ends there and does not investigate further. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Erik M. Anderson
Allan Greenberg is one of the most sophisticated practitioners of the western classical tradition today. But this homage to America is sloppy, simplistic, and sentimental. Read morePublished on August 20, 2012 by akroterion