Architecture Books

With these two books, you will discover architectural wonders. While The Story of Architecture provides an overview of everything from the Egyptian pyramids to modernist apartment buildings, A Living Architecture examines Frank Lloyd Wright's organic architecture. See below for more details and how to order.

Story of Architecture, TheStory of Architecture, Thepadby Jonathan Glancey

How did the pyramid evolve during its journey from Luxor to the Louvre? Why can the Parthenon be compared to a Greek fighting ship? What connects Hadrian's Villa to the Getty Center in Los Angeles? In The Story of Architecture, Johnathan Glancey brings a fresh approach and unique personal insights into the continuing story of 5,000 years of world architecture.

From the ziggurat at Ur to the Buddhist temples of Southeast Asia via Romanesque arcades, Gothic steeples, Baroque palaces, and Modernist apartment buildings, this accessible and lively narrative reveals the geographical, historical, and cultural influences that permeate these structures. Significant stylistic developments in architecture are also highlighted, while the structural and technical innovations that enabled architects to progress are skillfully introduced and clearly explained.

Throughout this richly illustrated history, special features are devoted to the world's most influential and innovative architects, from Palladio to Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright. These features showcase the architects' masterpieces and offer absorbing glimpses into their lives.

Lavishly illustrated, stylishly presented, and written with both authority and flair, the exceptional book is guaranteed to appeal to the informed enthusiast and curious newcomer alike.

--from Dorling Kindersley

Each page of this historical treatise features brilliant color photographs and illustrations, along with floor plans of some of the greatest structures built since about 2100 B.C. Having journeyed to almost every site highlighted on these pages, Glancey spotlights the extraordinary architectural elements that reflect the structures’ culture and times. Arranged chronologically and then by region, Glancey’s synopses define the emerging technical prowess of builders. Featured structures include the Ishtar Gate at Babylon, the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, the Taj Mahal, and the Bauhaus buildings.

--from Science News

DK, 2000, 240 p., color photos/illus., 8 11/16" X 11 1/8", hardcover
Story of Architecture, The
Living Architecture, ALiving Architecture, Apadby John Rattenbury

Frank Lloyd Wright is perhaps the most influential figure in modern Western architecture. A truly American artist, Wright was inspired by the newness of his nation and the beauty of its terrain to take a radical approach to architecture. His innovative designs grew from a concept based on natural forms, which he called "organic architecture." Its goal is to create beautiful structures that suit the environment, serve people's needs, and lift their spirits higher.

Over two hundred books about Frank Lloyd Wright have been published, but little has been written about the continuation of organic architecture-until now. A Living Architecture explores the philosophy and principles that underlie organic architecture, explains why they endure, and illustrates how they may be applied. Through lavish photos and illustrations, the book presents an in-depth look at forty-seven design projects undertaken by Taliesin Architects, including residences, office buildings, hotels, concert halls, urban plans, a factory, and a palace in the desert.

Founded by the author and other architects who studied and worked with Wright, Taliesin Architects has remained true to Wright's ideas to the present day. In a span of four decades, the firm has designed over 1,300 projects worldwide. The representative projects in this book demonstrate the breadth of the firm's work and confirm that adherence to principle does not necessarily limit the creativity of an architect. A Living Architecture is a revealing and inspiring exploration of the legacy of America's greatest architect.

--from Pomegranate

Since Wright's death 40 years ago, many of the architects who studied and worked under his tutelage continued within the firm Taliesin Architects. Rattenbury cofounded the group after Wright's death and perpetuated designs based on organic architecture-defined by Wright's belief that structures must not only meet the needs of people, but also suit the environment in which the structures stand. This retrospective expands this concept and illustrates how William Wesley Peters, Stephen Nemtin, and other architects at the firm have implemented this philosophy in nearly 50 structures featured here-a fraction of their portfolio. Profiles of residences and public-use structures feature stunning color photographs of the final product and text detailing the buildings' unique features.

--from Science News

Pomegranate Pr, 2000, 296 p., color photos/illus., 10 3/4" x 10 3/4", hardcover
Living Architecture, A
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