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4.1 out of 5 stars
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on November 28, 2014
I like this book a lot.

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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on August 1, 2014
A diverse selection of previously published articles by some of the nation's foremost critics accompanied by thematic essays compel readers to think about architecture and its impact on communities more deeply. The book assembles, deconstructs, analyzes, and explains in a manner that encourages readers not only to look at buildings and landscapes more critically but to write about them in order to create better communities.
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on October 7, 2015
OK, but predictable
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on January 12, 2015
Good book, recommend to students and teachers of architectural history
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on April 4, 2012
An excellent textbook comparing well known architectural critics (Huxtable, Mumford, Muschamp, Jacobs etc) with each other by looking at their different approaches, themes styles etc. I am a layman and got a lot out of it. It is extraordinarily well written, clear and concise.
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on May 1, 2012
I expected it to be a different format, but it still seems informative to have the critical essay, and then an elaboration of the view point that the exemplified critical essay covered.
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on March 13, 2013
This is a very good book I would recommend to all architecture students... and to some professionals as well!!! Digital copy is a must have!
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