The Classical Language of Architecture First Edition [John Summerson] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Classical Language of Architecture. Front Cover. John Summerson. Methuen & Company, – Architecture – 56 pages. The Classical Language of Architecture is a compilation of six BBC radio lectures given in by Sir John Summerson. It is a some page discussion.

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But, with google images nowadays, I think a novice could work through this book and walk away with a keener eye for classical motifs.

The Classical Language of Architecture: The premise being that classical values lie in the harmonious relationships of parts, it is important to know why and how this ideal has sustained itself over time.

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Classical buildings as widely spaced in time as a Roman temple, an Italian Renaissance palace and a Regency house all show an awareness of these rules even if they vary them, break them or poetically contradict them. Petra rated it really liked it Jan 16, Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.


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His discursive style is not only informative langhage also really quite entertaining. Summerson had a great gift for explaining difficult things in plain English. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Euge Jasson Hardie rated it liked it Dec 09, I read this for my history of architecture course, and despite the eurocentric view, it’s just a fun read if you’re an architecture student who is fond of classical architecture and hearing it be described to you floats your boat.

Amanda Thounaojam rated it liked it Oct 29, Really useful for jobn course I was studying in classical architecture. Sir Claxsical Wren described them as the “Latin” of architecture and the analogy is almost exact. Jan 06, Alper added it Shelves: Think this is awesome, share it!

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The book works summersno as an introduction to classical architecture and its values and shifts over time, but it is by no means a stand-alone kind of book. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Mar 18, Uaba rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Be the first to ask a question about The Classical Language of Architecture.


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. It is still, to a great extent, the mode of expression of our urban surroundings, since classical architecture was the common language of the western world till comparatively recent times. Apr 09, Constance rated it liked it.

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