- Paperback: 245 pages
- Publisher: The MIT Press; 2nd edition (March 15, 1964)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0262680025
- ISBN-13: 978-0262680028
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A book of great charm and broad understanding.(Architectural Forum)
...so lucid and clear that every layman and beginner will be able to understand and to enjoy it.(Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism)
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Profusely illustrated with fine instances of architectural experimentation through the centuries, Experiencing Architecture manages 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 by-ways of designing excellence.
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Originally published in Denmark in 1959, and therefore lacking some of the more contemporary and postmodern design trends, this is an invaluable analysis of primarily European design through the mid twentieth century. This book is profusely illustrated with black and white photographs (most of which were taken by Rasmussen himself) and a fair number of drawings, all of which greatly assist the reader with his understanding of the material.
Specific buildings mentioned are too numerous to list, but the run the gamut from St. Peter's basilica in Rome, to the haunting and sinister Palazzetto Zuccari (also in Rome), to the ultramodern Johnson Wax Company building in Racine, Wisconsin by Frank Lloyd Wright, and the very modern study in open spaces found in the Copenhagen Police Headquarters (one of my personal favorites.)
This would be a useful guide to architects, and is the single best introduction to historical architectural style that I have yet found. Anyone with even a passing interest in architectural design or history would love this book.
The organization/progression of the book is impeccable, and inspires you to read quickly.
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The subject matter is so imbedded, hidden, submerged, in the stream of conscious dialogue, that you can easily miss it and give up reading for the...Read more