Heavenly Mansions and Other Essays on Architecture

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1998 - Architecture - 253 pages
A classic of architectural history and theory, Heavenly Mansions interprets architecture as a reflection of the age in which it flowers, and it traces the alternating themes of fantasy and functionalism as exemplified in various styles and in the works of a number of influential men, including Christopher Wren, Viollet-le-Duc, William Butterfield, and Le Corbusier. It gives an account of John Wood and the unique English Town-Planning Tradition begun early in the eighteenth century, and of J.M. Gandy, whose two curious books of designs paralleled the Romantic Age of literature and were yet unmistakably prophetic of cubism. Succinctly summarizing 800 years of viewpoints about architecture, it ranges from Gothic architecture to the Renaissance to the influence of modern abstract art on twentieth-century architecture. This work is invaluable to students of art, architecture, and the humanities in general.

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Contents

AN INTERPRETATION OF GOTHIC I
1
ANTITHESES OF THE QUATTROCENTO
29
THE MIND OF WREN
51
JOHN WOOD AND THE ENGLISH TOWNPLANNING TRADITION
87
THE VISION OF J M GANDY III
111
VIOLLETLEDUC AND THE RATIONAL POINT OF VIEW
135
WILLIAM BUTTERFIELD OR THE GLORY OF UGLINESS
159
ARCHITECTURE PAINTING AND LE CORBUSIER
177
THE MISCHIEVOUS ANALOGY
195
THE PAST IN THE FUTURE
219
THE PLATES 1XLIX following
242
INDEX
243
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The late SirJohn Summerson taught at Oxford and Cambridge.

Kent Bloomer teaches at Yale University.

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