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The Old Way of Seeing: How Architecture Lost Its Magic - And How to Get It Back Paperback – September 15, 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
Architect Hale's manifesto describes the grace that old buildings possess and contemporary architecture lacks, along with his ideas for how this older ideal can be reclaimed.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Intended for the lay reader, this primer on design explores a number of interesting byways, from symbolism to scale, context, regulating lines, and pattern languages. Practiced New England architect and architectural writer Hale offers a paean to the past, more specifically a preindustrial past when, in his words, "one could walk down any street and be surrounded by harmonious buildings." It all began to fall apart in the 1830s, according to Hale, when the Greek Revival replaced substance with symbol. Hale revolts at the prospect of a rampant industrialism and everything else Modern Architecture implied: internationalism, uniformity, and universalism. Gentle, wise, and perceptive, he is a child of postmodernism. Recommended for public libraries.
Peter Kaufman, Boston Architectural Ctr.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
comparisons of old and new buildings, and reinforced his premise
that missing regulating lines and the lack of attention to the
arrangement of elements are responsible for much of the
decline in architectural quality.
However, much of the rest of the book devolves into a disjointed
grabbag of architectural topics, along with comparisons of how
the human face or maple trees match the golden section with very
little concrete in the way of design guidance or examples.
I'm sure Hale is a good architect, and I would hire him in an instant,
(especially after my architect put windows randomly all over our house
and didn't understand why I didn't want 4 styles of windows),
but this book is poorly organized, doesn't make his point properly,
and wanders far off topic.