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Adventures In Architecture (edition 2008)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 029784444X, Hardcover)
Dan Cruickshank, whose Around the World in 80 Treasures sold more than 70,000 copies, presents a compelling, maverick history of architecture. Richly photographed, it navigates the globe to take us to the buildings Dan believes have changed the world. As he reveals each choice, he also shows exactly how a great edificeâ€™s function, material, and purpose connect to all other areas of life.Â What he sees is the work of man at his most inventive, defying or accommodating the forces of nature in a variety of civilizationsâ€”examples of beauty, power, paradise, and dreams: the Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg; the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan; the Hanging Temple in Shanxi, China; the Teatro Amazonas in Manaus, Brazil; Pompeiiâ€™s Lupanare Brothels; and the building of an igloo in Greenland.
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"Dan Cruikshank travels the world telling the story of the buildings that have impressed, astonished or delighted us. Dan examines the motivation and aspirations behind each building: was it designed to create shelter from the elements, to demonstrate power, to build heaven on earth, create a world of pleasure, evoke a sense of community or build a utopia. Across time, civilisations and cultures, he finds connections in how man has responded to these basic but powerful themes."--BOOK JACKET.
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