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By Roger B. Ulrich, Caroline K. Quenemoen

ISBN-10: 1405199644

ISBN-13: 9781405199643


A spouse to Roman Architecture offers a entire evaluation of the severe concerns and ways that experience remodeled scholarly realizing in fresh a long time in a single easy-to-reference volume.

• deals a cross-disciplinary method of Roman structure, spanning know-how, background, artwork, politics, and archaeology;
• Brings jointly contributions via best students in architectural history;
• a necessary consultant to contemporary scholarship, masking new archaeological discoveries, lesser recognized structures, new applied sciences and area and construction;
• contains large, updated bibliography and thesaurus of key Roman architectural terms.

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But I did know that mindless copying and sweeping floors were not it. A sense of place. It is an inviolable thing, whether you’re talking about where a person belongs or what a building should reflect. The great modernist architects of the twentieth century—Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Erich Mendelsohn—reveled in ignoring it, snapping the bonds to the past. Rather, they felt their role was to impose their vision on the world, and they did that brilliantly, if not always successfully. A Mies building is a Mies building whether it is built in Berlin or Havana.

As I doubled back to the parties, I thought about how it’s said that time flows like water—and it does. But that doesn’t mean it flows evenly—it zigs and zags, slams against rocks, gets dammed up and bursts down waterfalls. . I thought back to 1989. Nina and I had moved with the kids to Berlin that summer to try to get the Jewish Museum built. Eastern Europe was exploding, triumphing at last over the legacy of Joseph Stalin. The previous April, the Hungarian government had cut its wire fence along the border with Austria, a fact not lost on the East Germans, who voted aggressively with their feet as they went on vacation in Hungary that July and August.

If I gave a lecture at a university, no one asked about anything else. At my nephew’s wedding, guests pulled up chairs at the reception and sketched ideas for me on napkins. The competition rules prohibited us from contacting the Families directly, but people everywhere acted as their emissaries. “Make it soar,” they’d say. ” I became haunted by a verse by Emily Dickinson, one of my favorite poets: To fill a Gap Insert the Thing that caused it— Block it up With Other—and ’twill yawn the more— You cannot solder an Abyss With Air.

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