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The Story of Architecture

Milo, Francesco; Boni, Simone

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ISBN 10: 0872265285 / ISBN 13: 9780872265288
Published by Bedricck Books, New York, 1999
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Title: The Story of Architecture

Publisher: Bedricck Books, New York

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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This book explores the story of architecture from prehistoric pile dwellings to the Millennium Dome. It shows how the buildings of each historical period and culture are an expression of the spirit of their time, and how styles of architecture result from the materials that are available and the techniques that are understood. Representative buildings of each period are studied in fine, detailed illustrations: for example, Stonehenge, the Parthenon, the Colosseum, Chartres Cathedral, the Rialto Bridge, Versailles, the University of Virginia, the Crystal Palace, the Flatiron Building, the Sydney Opera House, and the converted Gare d'Orsay. The pyramids of Giza, Hindu temples in Khajuraho, the Badshahi mosque in Lahore, the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, a Japanese imperial villa, and the Chinese emperor's Forbidden City are the focus of chapters on the architecture of other cultures.

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Grade 4-7-Milo attempts to introduce 8000 years of construction technologies, covering a multitude of continents and cultures. Although he does a good job of organizing the information and the book doesn't have a crowded appearance, it is difficult to cover so much ground in detail or depth. He explores important styles, periods, building materials, and purposes. This sets the book apart from Philip Wilkinson's Amazing Buildings (DK, 1993) and Mike Corbishley's The World of Architectural Wonders (Peter Bedrick, 1996), both of which offer a hodgepodge of interesting structures. Instead, this text is arranged somewhat chronologically, beginning with primitive wood shelters and ending with London's Millennium Dome. For each example, the author looks at the factors that influenced architecture and construction at that time. Many of the structures are those commonly examined, including Stonehenge, the pyramids, and the Roman Colosseum. Others, such as the Flatiron Building in New York City, the Crystal Palace, and the Palace at Versailles, are less frequently included in children's books. The full-color illustrations are competently done and are supplemented by small photographs, site plans, sketches, and maps. Occasional sidebars provide biographical information about an architect or historical background. While the book does include a detailed index of locations, names, terms, and materials, readers must search for buildings by city, so "Parthenon" is listed only under "Athens." If books on buildings are popular, this one will serve your collection needs.
Jeanette Larson, Texas State Library, Austin
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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