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The Four Elements of Architecture and Other Writings


Part of Res Monographs in Anthropology and Aesthetics

Joesph Rykwert
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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521180863

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  • Gottfied Semper was the most important German theorist of the nineteenth century. From his first published essay on Greek polychromy in 1834 to his final lecture on the origin of architectural styles in 1869, Semper persistently endeavoured to fashion a comprehensive architectural theory explaining the meaning and transformational nature of architectural form. The breadth and richness of his ideas, both applauded and opposed at the turn of the twentieth century, proved enormously influential in the development of modern theory. Originally published in 1989, this book provides an English translation of a number of Semper's published writings. The introduction seeks to trace the course of Semper's theoretical development over thirty-five years. Semper's ideas, like those of his contemporaries, John Ruskin and Eugene Viollet-le-Duc, had enormous influence on the genesis of modern architectural theory and will appeal to both architectural historians and architects.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521180863
    • length: 338 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Gottfried Semper: architect and historian Joesph Rykwert
    Part I. Preliminary Remarks on Polychrome Architecture and Sculpture in Antiquity
    Part II. The Four Elements of Architecture
    Part III. Science, Industry and Art
    Part IV. Prospectus: Comparative Theory of Building
    Part V. Prospectus: Style in the Technical and Tectonic Arts or Practical Aesthetics
    Part VI. Style in the Technical and Tectonic Arts or Practical Aesthetics
    Section 1. Prolegomenon
    Section 2. The Textile Art (Excerpt):
    1. B. 'On the manner in Which Style is Conditioned by the Treatment of the Material'
    2. C. 'On the Manner in Which Style Becomes Specialized and Developed in the Dressing (Bekleidung) in Different Nations Throughout the Course of Cultural History
    Part VII. On Architectural Styles
    Name and place index
    Subject index.

  • Author

    Gottfried Semper


    Harry Francis Mallgrave

    Wolfgang Herrmann

    Introduction by

    Harry Francis Mallgrave


    Joesph Rykwert

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