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Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities (Architecture Briefs) Paperback – February 29, 2012
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"In Writing About Architecture, Lange recognizes the stakes inherent in the act of describing place. While she certainly is pushing writers, readers and her students to aim for clarity in criticism, Lange goes much further, arguing that architecture critics be invested intellectually and emotionally in the world that surrounds them. The iconic critics Lange celebrates enliven the spaces they write about - whether they love them or hate them. They notice things. They're steeped in history, in context and provenance. They take their time. They make the reader want to experience the spaces described." --- Allison Arieff, The New York Times
"It's not only a delight to read - Jacobs' vivid 1961 description of the everyday ballet on Manhattan's Hudson Street alone is worth the $24.95 price of admission - but an instructive treatise on how great criticisms come to be." -- Architects + Artisans
"Lange analyzes her key texts with great care and perceptiveness, and happily she is wide ranging in her taste... She understands that the purpose of writing about architecture is to build a constituency for better design, to help people see, to help them feel more agency over the built environment-and to help them take joy in architecture's great moments. She's good at doing that herself, and this book will help others do it, too." --- Paul Goldberger, The Architect's Newspaper
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Top Customer Reviews
The book has three weaving threads that bind interesting issues.
The first thread is introduction of multiple writers (Mumford, Huxatable,
Muschamp, Goldberger, Sorkin, Kamin, Sullivan, Jacobs, etc);
The second thread is introduction of diverse urban and architectural perspectives;
and the third thread is, in showing first and second, Prof. Lange was able to show
how each writer's perspective shaped the style of ones writing and
the constructs of ones writing.
I guess good writings help us to shape a new perspective about the subject matter.
This book does this job diligently. Not only does this book help us to write
clearly about architecture, but also it helps us to categorize viewpoints of each writer
and their writing style.
By selecting a certain piece of writing of each writer,
Prof. Lange illustrates her ways of seeing physical environment and
effective ways (paragraph constructs, sentence tones, and vocabulary selections, etc)
of delivering that perspective.
If a prospect reader is an avid architecture reader, all the sample writings
are pretty familiar, hence, such reader will enjoy more about Prof. Lange's
analysis on each critics' viewpoints and their corresponding writing style.
That is the real beauty of this book.
I personally enjoyed Prof. Lange's writings more than the great writers of
past and present.
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Good book, recommend to students and teachers of architectural historyPublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer