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How Architecture Works: A Humanist's Toolkit by [Rybczynski, Witold]
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Starred Review. Prize-winning architectural writer and University of Pennsylvania emeritus professor Rybczynski (A Clearing in the Distance) follows in the spirit of Steen Eiler Rasmussen's classic Experiencing Architecture to supply an ideal layperson's handbook on the fundamentals of modern and contemporary architecture. Focusing on the functional and aesthetic considerations that define a building, and often calling upon his experience as an architect to illustrate major concepts, Rybczynski vividly explains particulars such as how to read architectural plans and how sunlight figures into designs, as well as discussing issues of style, history, and taste. While the book tends to address structure after structure at a speedy clip, the upshot is a commanding view of the field for beginners. An especially rich example is the walk-through of several designs submitted to the competition for the National Museum of African-American History and Culture: this not only illustrates how different architects respond to constraints, but also how such competitions function. Rybczynski is not a polemicist, but he effectively argues certain basic principles, and makes a cogent analogy to typography to show how the past always influences the present. Here, architecture is treated as craft executed with prudence and conviction. The author doesn't care much for theories, or buildings that fail to be practical, but welcomes a variety of design approaches, all of which make him a model teacher. 140 b&w illus. (Oct.)

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*Starred Review* “Architecture, if it is any good, speaks to us all.” With this maxim, the first of many clarifying observations in this conversational and invigorating treatise, Rybczynski deepens our understanding of all that goes into the design and construction of buildings. An architect, emeritus professor, and outstanding and prolific architectural writer, Rybczynski takes palpable pleasure in throwing open the doors to reveal the complex, often contradictory demands of architecture, illuminating “the practical as well as the aesthetic.” His “toolkit” contains 10 fundamental topics, from ideas to structural matters, the difference between a building’s setting and site, and the importance of such seemingly prosaic details as balustrades. As he instructs us in the implications of the fact that “new buildings almost always have old neighbors,” for example, he describes how Frank Gehry dealt with this challenge in funky Venice Beach, and the diverse approaches taken by top architects competing to build the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the Mall in Washington, D.C., and a new ballet-opera house in St. Petersburg. With fluent analysis of buildings by architects ranging from Louis Sullivan to Louis I. Kahn, Mies van der Rohe to Renzo Piano, a sweet absence of “isms,” and an invaluable glossary, Rybczynski’s expert, holistic, down-to-earth guide awakens us to architecture’s profound humanness. --Donna Seaman

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  • File Size: 10026 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 8, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C2RVQ0W
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