The Look of Architecture

3.89 avg rating
( 193 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780195156331: The Look of Architecture

What is style in architecture? "Style is like a feather in a woman's hat, nothing more," said Le Corbusier, expressing most modern architects' low regard for the subject. But Witold Rybczynski disagrees, and in The Look of Architecture, he makes a compelling case for the importance of style to the mother of the arts.
This is a book brimming with sharp observations--that form does not follow function; that the best architecture is not timeless but precisely of its time; that details do not merely complement the architecture--details are the architecture. But the heart of the book illuminates the connection between architecture, interior decoration, and fashion. Style is the language of architecture, Rybczynski writes, and fashion represents the wide and swirling cultural currents that shape and direct that language. The two--style and fashion--are intimately linked; indeed, architecture cannot escape fashion. To set these ideas in sharp relief, he shows us how style and fashion have been expressed in the work of major architects including Frank Gehry, Mies van der Rohe, Charles McKim, Allan Greenberg, Robert Venturi, Enrique Norten, and many others. He helps us see their works anew and ultimately to look afresh at our surroundings.
Style is one of the enduring--and endearing--aspects of architecture, Rybczynski concludes. Furthermore, an architecture that recognizes the importance of style would not be as introspective and self-referential as are so many contemporary buildings. It would be part of the world: Not architecture for architects, but for the rest of us.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:


Witold Rybczynski is one of America's best known writers on architecture, the author of the bestselling One Good Turn: A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw, Home, Waiting for the Weekend, The Most Beautiful House in the World, and A Clearing in the Distance. He has also written on architecture for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time, and The New York Review of Books. The Martin and Margy Meyerson Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania, he lives in Philadelphia.

From Publishers Weekly:

With his refusal to hide behind the jargon and hype endemic to the profession, and his ability to puncture its pretensions without mean-spiritedness, Rybczynski (Home: A Short History of an Idea) has become a leading writer on architecture. This concise survey of style in architecture is derived from three lectures the author gave in the New York Public Library, and the intimate, conversational tone he adopts manages to convey a lot of information in a very agreeable way. Indeed, Rybczynski's emphasis on style is itself provocative in a profession that has traditionally given such considerations short shrift. ("Style is like a feather in a woman's cap, nothing more," he finds Le Corbusier observing.) Add to this Rybczynski's referencing of interior design and fashion, and one has a book as iconoclastic as it is readable. Another great strength of the book is its delightfully discursive set pieces, including one on the buildings around Bryant Park this will have visitors to New York clutching this trim and portable book as they peer upwards at the rich mosaic of buildings so beautifully contextualized within. The range of the book is impressively wide, with many less familiar buildings (the Canadian Parliament buildings, the solidly elegant cottages of Alan Greenberg) given due consideration, and recent superstars such as Frank Gehry's Bilbao Guggenheim crisply observed. The author's deeply informed enthusiasm is infectious, and his removal of architectural writing from an airily theoretical discourse to the realm of practical experience is empowering for the lay reader. We all have to live in buildings, after all. (July)
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Rybczynski, Witold
ISBN 10: 0195156331 ISBN 13: 9780195156331
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Big River Books
(Powder Springs, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New! We ship daily Monday - Friday!. Bookseller Inventory # 1EY82M009RYE

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 5.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.49
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Rybczynski, Witold
Published by Oxford University Press
ISBN 10: 0195156331 ISBN 13: 9780195156331
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Orion Tech
(Grand Prairie, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0195156331 . Bookseller Inventory # LWM1084MYLVPB100917O0181P

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.22
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Rybczynski, Witold
ISBN 10: 0195156331 ISBN 13: 9780195156331
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2003. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VU-9780195156331

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Witold Rybczynski
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (2003)
ISBN 10: 0195156331 ISBN 13: 9780195156331
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. What is style in architecture? Style is like a feather in a woman s hat, nothing more, said Le Corbusier, expressing most modern architects low regard for the subject. But Witold Rybczynski disagrees, and in this book, makes a compelling case for the importance of style to the mother of the arts. This is a book brimming with observations - that form does not follow function; that the best architecture is not timeless but precisely of its time; that details do not merely complement the architecture - details are the architecture. But the heart of the book illuminates the connection between architecture, interior decoration and fashion. Style is the language of architecture, Rybczynski writes, and fashion represents the wide - and swirling - cultural currents that shape and direct that language. The two, style and fashion, are intimately linked - indeed, architecture cannot escape fashion. To set these ideas in sharp relief, he shows us how style and fashion have been expressed in the work of major architects - including Frank Gehry, Mies van der Rohe, Charles McKim, Allan Greenberg, Robert Venturi, Enrique Norten and many others. He helps us see their works anew and ultimately to look afresh at our surroundings. Style is one of the enduring and endearing aspects of architecture, Rybczynski concludes. Furthermore, an architecture that recognizes the importance of style would not be as introspective and self-referential as are so many contemporary buildings. It would be part of the world - not architecture for architects, but for the rest of us. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9780195156331

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.62
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Witold Rybczynski
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (2003)
ISBN 10: 0195156331 ISBN 13: 9780195156331
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. What is style in architecture? Style is like a feather in a woman s hat, nothing more, said Le Corbusier, expressing most modern architects low regard for the subject. But Witold Rybczynski disagrees, and in this book, makes a compelling case for the importance of style to the mother of the arts. This is a book brimming with observations - that form does not follow function; that the best architecture is not timeless but precisely of its time; that details do not merely complement the architecture - details are the architecture. But the heart of the book illuminates the connection between architecture, interior decoration and fashion. Style is the language of architecture, Rybczynski writes, and fashion represents the wide - and swirling - cultural currents that shape and direct that language. The two, style and fashion, are intimately linked - indeed, architecture cannot escape fashion. To set these ideas in sharp relief, he shows us how style and fashion have been expressed in the work of major architects - including Frank Gehry, Mies van der Rohe, Charles McKim, Allan Greenberg, Robert Venturi, Enrique Norten and many others. He helps us see their works anew and ultimately to look afresh at our surroundings. Style is one of the enduring and endearing aspects of architecture, Rybczynski concludes. Furthermore, an architecture that recognizes the importance of style would not be as introspective and self-referential as are so many contemporary buildings. It would be part of the world - not architecture for architects, but for the rest of us. Bookseller Inventory # AAV9780195156331

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Witold Rybczynski
Published by Oxford University Press Inc, United States (2003)
ISBN 10: 0195156331 ISBN 13: 9780195156331
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press Inc, United States, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.What is style in architecture? Style is like a feather in a woman s hat, nothing more, said Le Corbusier, expressing most modern architects low regard for the subject. But Witold Rybczynski disagrees, and in this book, makes a compelling case for the importance of style to the mother of the arts. This is a book brimming with observations - that form does not follow function; that the best architecture is not timeless but precisely of its time; that details do not merely complement the architecture - details are the architecture. But the heart of the book illuminates the connection between architecture, interior decoration and fashion. Style is the language of architecture, Rybczynski writes, and fashion represents the wide - and swirling - cultural currents that shape and direct that language. The two, style and fashion, are intimately linked - indeed, architecture cannot escape fashion. To set these ideas in sharp relief, he shows us how style and fashion have been expressed in the work of major architects - including Frank Gehry, Mies van der Rohe, Charles McKim, Allan Greenberg, Robert Venturi, Enrique Norten and many others. He helps us see their works anew and ultimately to look afresh at our surroundings. Style is one of the enduring and endearing aspects of architecture, Rybczynski concludes. Furthermore, an architecture that recognizes the importance of style would not be as introspective and self-referential as are so many contemporary buildings. It would be part of the world - not architecture for architects, but for the rest of us. Bookseller Inventory # AAV9780195156331

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.25
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Rybczynski, Witold
Published by Oxford University Press (2017)
ISBN 10: 0195156331 ISBN 13: 9780195156331
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2017. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used! This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # 0195156331

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.23
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Witold Rybczynski
Published by OUP USA 2003-02-20, New York |Oxford (2003)
ISBN 10: 0195156331 ISBN 13: 9780195156331
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description OUP USA 2003-02-20, New York |Oxford, 2003. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780195156331

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.91
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Rybczynski, Witold
Published by Oxford University Press, USA 1/9/2003 (2003)
ISBN 10: 0195156331 ISBN 13: 9780195156331
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, USA 1/9/2003, 2003. Paperback or Softback. Book Condition: New. The Look of Architecture. Book. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-9780195156331

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 20.61
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Rybczynski, Witold
Published by Oxford University Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 0195156331 ISBN 13: 9780195156331
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Oxford University Press, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. PRINT ON DEMAND Book; New; Publication Year 2016; Not Signed; Fast Shipping from the UK. No. book. Bookseller Inventory # ria9780195156331_lsuk

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.10
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book