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45 halftones, 56 line drawings, 173 color photographs. Sprache: Englisch.
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Written by a leader in the field of vernacular architecture, "The Culture of Building" provides a historical and cross-cultural analysis of building cultures, looking at the systems of people, relationships, rules, procedures, and patterns in which a … weiterlesen
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Titel: The Culture of Building
Autor/en: Howard Davis

ISBN: 0195305930
EAN: 9780195305937
45 halftones, 56 line drawings, 173 color photographs.
Sprache: Englisch.
Oxford University Press Inc

22. Juni 2006 - kartoniert - 400 Seiten

Beschreibung

The Culture of Building describes how the built world, including the vast number of buildings that are the settings for people's everyday lives, is the product of building cultures-complex systems of people, relationships, building types, techniques, and habits in which design and building are anchored. These cultures include builders, bankers, architects, developers, clients, contractors, craftspeople, building inspectors, planners, and many others. The
product of these cultures, which operate building after building, is the built world of cities and settlements. In this book, Howard Davis uses historical, contemporary, and cross-cultural examples to describe the nature and influence of these cultures. He shows how building cultures reflect the general
cultures in which they exist, how they have changed over history, how they affect the form of buildings and cities, and how present building cultures, which are responsible for the contemporary everyday environments, may be improved. Following the development of the idea of building cultures using several historical examples, the book lays out a framework that puts such topics as craft and professionalism, the vernacular and nonvernacular, and design and construction in common frameworks.
Although the book ranges widely over different cultures and historical periods, it emphasizes the transformations that took place in architecture and building practice from the late eighteenth century to the present. Finally, the book uses a series of contemporary examples that demonstrate the building
culture as a living concept. These examples, which include built work as well as innovative processes that go beyond the work of architects alone, are described as the seeds that can help the emergence of a better build world. This beautiful book features over 260 color and black-and-white illustrations, most from the author's extensive collection of slides, and includes photographs, prints, and drawings from historical archives and contemporary architectural offices.

Portrait

Howard Davis is Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon.

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"It's not often that a book appears with the potential to fundamentally change the way we think about the built world. The Culture of Building by Howard Davis is such a book....[It] is filled with both beautiful and gritty photos of people building and the places they produce....Davis' ideas are clear, intelligent, and substantial, and he writes about them in a refreshing, penetrating, and enlightening way.... Davis's goal is nothing less than a "unified theory" of architecture and construction, a book that finally explains it all design, codes, contracts, style, technology, finance, place-making, education and how they interrelate."-Architecture Week
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