An ambitious introduction to the history of architecture from the neolithic age to the present day
From ancient and classical masterpieces to contemporary, cutting-edge buildings, architecture has defined our world throughout history. Drawing its examples from all around the globe, Architecture: The Whole Story is a richly illustrated and comprehensive account of the architects, plans, designs and constructions that over the centuries have most engaged our minds, inspired our imaginations and raised our spirits.
This in-depth study of the key architectural periods and movements ranges from Early Islamic to High Gothic, from Late Renaissance to Imperial Chinese, and from Early Organic Modernist to High-Tech. Organized chronologically, each style in specific regions of the world and highlight its most significant architects. Landmark buildings that best exemplify the style or approach are examined in photographic close-up, with comments on their inspiration, construction, use of materials and key features. From Imhotep and Leon Battista Alberti to Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright and Zaha Hadid, this engrossing book reveals the people who have influenced and inspired others with their vision and technical ingenuity. The authors also provide a comprehensive examination of how architects, engineers and builders have revised and recycle elements from disparate movements throughout centuries of innovation.
Architecture is am universal art, and our relationship with it is both public and personal. For everyone who has ever wished for greater insight into the art of buildings design, Architecture: The Whole Story provides the analytical tools to appreciate the huge variety of architectural achievement and its impact on the built environment in the world.