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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? A classic examination of superb design through the centuries. Widely regarded as a classic in the field, Experiencing Architecture explores the history and promise of good design. Generously illustrated with historical examples of designing excellence-ranging from teacups, riding boots, and golf balls to the villas of Palladio and the fish-feeding pavilion of Beijing's Winter Palace-Rasmussen's accessible guide invites us to appreciate architecture not only as a profession, but as an art that shapes everyday experience.
In the past, Rasmussen argues, architecture was not just an individual pursuit, but a community undertaking. Dwellings were built with a natural feeling for place, materials and use, resulting in "a remarkably suitable comeliness. An understanding of good design comes not only from one's professional experience of architecture as an abstract, individual pursuit, but also from one's shared, everyday experience of architecture in real time-its particular use of light, color, shape, scale, texture, rhythm and sound.
Experiencing Architecture reminds us of what good architectural design has accomplished over time, what it can accomplish still, and why it is worth pursuing. Wide-ranging and approachable, it is for anyone who has ever wondered "what instrument the architect plays on. Read more Read less. Frequently bought together. Add all three to Cart. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Show details. Ships from and sold by Amazon SG.
FREE Delivery. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Previous page. Towards a New Architecture. The Poetics of Space. In Praise of Shadows. The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses. The Architecture of the City. Next page. Profusely illustrated with fine instances of architectural experimentation through the centuries, Experiencing Architecture manages to convey the intellectual excitement of superb design.
From teacups, riding boots, golf balls, and underwater sculpture to the villas of Palladio and the fish-feeding pavilion of the Peking Winter Palace, the author ranges over the less-familiar by-ways of designing excellence. He was author of London: The Unique City, called "the best book on London as a town," and other books.
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Verified Purchase. Recommended to my by an architect, this classic is readable,concise enough and very enjoyable. A suggestion that I believe improved my enjoyment of the book: google the images of the illustrations. I am interested in architecture as a hobby, and as a potential career at some point in the future, so the perspective I had when reading this book was that of an informed amateur.
I can't praise this little book enough. In its pages are the best explanations and analyses of contrasts, textures, shapes, and colors that I have seen in one single, condensed location. Originally published in Denmark in , and therefore lacking some of the more contemporary and postmodern design trends, this is an invaluable analysis of primarily European design through the mid twentieth century.
This book is profusely illustrated with black and white photographs most of which were taken by Rasmussen himself and a fair number of drawings, all of which greatly assist the reader with his understanding of the material. Specific buildings mentioned are too numerous to list, but the run the gamut from St.
Peter's basilica in Rome, to the haunting and sinister Palazzetto Zuccari also in Rome , to the ultramodern Johnson Wax Company building in Racine, Wisconsin by Frank Lloyd Wright, and the very modern study in open spaces found in the Copenhagen Police Headquarters one of my personal favorites.
This would be a useful guide to architects, and is the single best introduction to historical architectural style that I have yet found. Anyone with even a passing interest in architectural design or history would love this book. Great book for the layperson looking towards a deeper but not academic understanding of architecture. In this tightly packed and perfectly illustrated book, Rasmussen manages to convey the elements that make architecture significant to people, governments, cultures, and even to historic god-believers and why.
If someone asked me to recommend one book to read about architecture, this would be it. A classic, indeed. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.
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Widely regarded as a classic in the field, Experiencing Architecture explores the history and promise of good design. Generously illustrated with historical examples of designing excellence — ranging from teacups, riding boots, and golf balls to the villas of Palladio and the fish-feeding pavilion of Beijing's Winter Palace—Rasmussen's accessible guide invites us to appreciate architecture not only as a profession, but as an art that shapes everyday experience. In the past, Rasmussen argues, architecture was not just an individual pursuit, but a community undertaking. An understanding of good design comes not only from one's professional experience of architecture as an abstract, individual pursuit, but also from one's shared, everyday experience of architecture in real time—its particular use of light, color, shape, scale, texture, rhythm and sound. Experiencing Architecture reminds us of what good architectural design has accomplished over time, what it can accomplish still, and why it is worth pursuing.
Rasmussen used such a clear language and used daily life examples to link architecture that an interested teenager might understand it. He also stated that there are no formulas in architecture that works each and every time there is multiple factors that effects architecture in total. Rasmussen stated that after a point everyone cannot understand architecture anymore because architecture is not something only visual. Rather than dividing it to processes it is better to analyze it within all the factors that effect it.
Experiencing Architecture, Second Edition