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A Global History of Architecture / Edition 3

A Global History of Architecture / Edition 3

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The gold-standard exploration of architecture's global evolution

A Global History of Architecture provides a comprehensive tour through the ages, spinning the globe to present the landmark architectural movements that characterized each time period. Spanning from 3,500 b.c.e. to the present, this unique guide is written by an architectural all-star team who emphasize connections, contrasts and influences, reminding us that history is not linear and that everything was 'modern architecture' in its day. This new third edition has been updated with new drawings from Professor Ching, including maps with more information and color, expanded discussion on contemporary architecture, and in-depth chapter introductions that set the stage for global views. The all-new online enhanced companion site brings history to life, providing a clearer framework through which to interpret and understand architecture through the ages.

Unique in its non-Eurocentrism, this book provides a fresh survey of architectural history with a truly global perspective, fulfilling the National Architectural Accrediting Board's requirements for 'non-Western' architecture in history education.

  • Track the history of architecture through a comparative timeline that spans the globe
  • Learn how disparate design styles evolved side-by-side, and which elements migrated where
  • Delve into non-Western architecture with expert insight and an historical perspective
  • Explore further with an online Interactive Resource Center featuring digital learning tools

Escalating globalization has expanded our perspective of both history and architecture beyond Europe and the U.S. Today's architects are looking far beyond the traditional boundaries, and history shows us that structures' evolution from shelter to art mirrors the hopes and fears of society along the way. A Global History of Architecture takes you inside history itself to witness the the growth and movements that built our world.

Editorial Reviews

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"…the work offers a fresh and engaging outlook for an architectural history survey course. It affords the student an opportunity to view architecture differently and make connections that might not otherwise be apparent." (American Reference Books Annual, 2008)

"…it constitutes a wonderful and interesting read in its own right, and because of its exceptionally wide perspective, even architectural historians who do not teach general survey courses are likely to enjoy and appreciate it." (Annali d'architecthura, 2008)

"Not only does A Global History of Architecture own the territory [of world architecture], it pulls off this audacious task with panache, intelligence and — for the most part — grace. The slices of time in A Global History provide a richer learning experience for an introductory course." (Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 2008)

"The book's most informative and attractive feature is its illustrations, hundreds of drawings by Ching, a noted author and architectural illustrator." (Choice, March 2007)

A decade after the 100th anniversary of Banister Fletcher's venerable and indispensable A History of Architecture (20th ed.) comes this fresh, one-volume historical encyclopedia of world architecture. Ching (architecture, Univ. of Washington; Architecture: Form, Space, and Order), Mark M. Jarzombek (architecture & art, MIT), and Vikramaditya Prakash (architecture, Univ. of Washington) recast the story of the last 5000 years of building into a simple but brilliantly workable chronological schema of "timecuts," flexible time spans growing shorter and denser as we reach the present. These timecuts succeed in facilitating cross-cultural analysis and minimizing Eurocentric bias. Best of all, they prevent yet another rehash of architectural history as a monotonous procession of endless and unconnected styles, periods, and places. Thus, the Forbidden City, Topkapi Palace, and Villa Medici are viewed as phenomena interdependent upon international trade routes and as outgrowths of an emergent "global urbanism." Fifteenhundred elegant and superbly legible hand drawings by Ching, along with 1000 photographs and maps, illustrate a lucid and engaging text. Something of a hybrid, this is as much a solid reference resource as a revisionist textbook. Essential for most collections.
—David Soltész, Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Parma, OH (Library Journal, October 15, 2006)

"…a unique and ambitious undertaking…" (The London Review of Books, November 2006)

"Extremely informative, it will no doubt become a standard reference book."  (The Herald {Glasgow}, Saturday 15th December 2007)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118981337
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/17/2017
Pages: 864
Sales rank: 309,508
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 11.00(h) x 2.00(d)

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