Architecture - David JacobsNewsweek Books, 1974, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Pages very gently age-tanned.
Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “THE STORY OF BUILDING, writes the author of this penetrating study, starts the way stories of so many of mankind’s enterprises start — “speculatively, and in the almost immeasurably distant past”. But it would be an exasperating experience to trace the evolution of mud huts into pyramids, Greek temples, and Gothic cathedrals. Instead, he invites the reader to separate buildings for shelter from buildings as artistic statements. In an instant, we see architecture as a badge of civilization, “the requisite sign, the certain credential without which a society cannot be called civilized”. Architecture has some 170 illustrations, more than a third in full colour. Stunning modern photographs are juxtaposed with plans, cross sections, scale models, and historic views to form a vivid counterpoint to the authoritative text. A special, twenty-four page section, “Architects on Architecture”, contains excerpts from the writings of Louis H. Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Eero Saarinen, among others. A five-page chronology relates events in the history of architecture to other cultural and political developments, while a selected bibliography and a full index make this a valuable reference work.”