The classic reference work on the arcades, passages, and galleries of late 18th- and 19th-century Europe and America, Arcades opens with an account of the architectural and social history of the arcade and a discussion of its typological development. The core of the book is a descriptive catalog of nearly 300 arcades, listed alphabetically by city, and illustrated with some 200 plans and drawings and 265 photographs.
Johann Friedrich Geist is a practicing architect who teaches architectural theory and history at the School of Art in Berlin.
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"Long rows of elegant shops and offices in the Burlington Arcade in London suggest aristocrats promenading under glass skylights on tesserated indoor streets where windows are filled with silver, leather and silk. Yet the Burlington would fit many times into the Galleries St. Hubert in Brussels, the first of Europe's grand arcades, and the St. Hubert could be folded into a transept of the great GUM complex in Moscow. . . . But to see the St. Paul's and St. Peter's of arcades one has to go to the Galleria Umberto I in Naples or the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan whose tiers of arches ... rest on classical orders and statuary pediments, rising to such a height that the glass canopies and domes soaring over them are called 'lights of heaven' by the Milanese.... This extraordinary book reminds one of how much more than shopping centers these cathedrals of material culture were and how completely they embodied the complex idea of the industrial city."
- The New York Times Book Review
. . . a superb scholarly and visual analysis of one of the most important building types of the 19th-century city."
- Anthony Vidler, Princeton University
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Book Description The MIT Press, 1985. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110262570629