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Fallen Glory: The Lives and Deaths of History's Greatest Buildings
Fallen Glory
The Lives and Deaths of History's Greatest Buildings
Hardcover      ISBN: 1250118298

An inviting, fascinating compendium of twenty-one of history's most famous lost places, from the Tower of Babel to the Twin Towers

Buildings are more like us than we realize. They can be born into wealth or poverty, enjoying every privilege or struggling to make ends meet. They have parents--gods, kings and emperors, governments, visionaries and madmen--as well as friends and enemies. They have duties and responsibilities. They can endure crises of faith and purpose. They can succeed or fail. They can live. And, sooner or later, they die.

In Fallen Glory, James Crawford uncovers the biographies of some of the world's most fascinating lost and ruined buildings, from the dawn of civilization to the cyber era. The lives of these iconic structures are packed with drama and intrigue. Soap operas on the grandest scale, they feature war and religion, politics and art, love and betrayal, catastrophe and hope. Frequently their afterlives have been no less dramatic--their memories used and abused down the millennia for purposes both sacred and profane. They provide the stage for a startling array of characters, including Gilgamesh, the Cretan Minotaur, Agamemnon, Nefertiti, Genghis Khan, Henry VIII, Catherine the Great, Adolf Hitler, and even Bruce Springsteen.

The twenty-one structures Crawford focuses on include The Tower of Babel, The Temple of Jerusalem, The Library of Alexandria, The Bastille, Kowloon Walled City, the Berlin Wall, and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Ranging from the deserts of Iraq, the banks of the Nile and the cloud forests of Peru, to the great cities of Jerusalem, Istanbul, Paris, Rome, London and New York, Fallen Glory is a unique guide to a world of vanished architecture. And, by picking through the fragments of our past, it asks what history's scattered ruins can tell us about our own future.

The Grammar of Architecture
The Grammar of Architecture
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0821227742

This compact volume, modeled after the classic decorative arts reference book The Grammar of Ornament, reveals the fascinating history of architecture through a diverse series of building styles and architectural details. 750 color illustrations.

Identifying American Architecture: A Pictorial Guide to Styles and Terms, 1600-1945
Identifying American Architecture
A Pictorial Guide to Styles and Terms, 1600-1945
Paperback      ISBN: 0393306100

This guide enables the reader to identify various styles and architectural terms by comparing real buildings with the book's photographs. Intended primarily for tourists and travellers, it covers a wide variety of styles including Spanish, colonial, prairie, Georgian and international. The book also explores details such as rooves, porches, windows and chimneys.

The Ghosts of Berlin: Confronting German History in the Urban Landscape
The Ghosts of Berlin
Confronting German History in the Urban Landscape
Paperback      ISBN: 0226467627

In this compelling work, Brian Ladd examines the ongoing conflicts radiating from the remarkable fusion of architecture, history, and national identity in Berlin. Ladd surveys the urban landscape, excavating its ruins, contemplating its buildings and memorials, and carefully deconstructing the public debates and political controversies emerging from its past.

"Written in a clear and elegant style, The Ghosts of Berlin is not just another colorless architectural history of the German capital. . . . Mr. Ladd's book is a superb guide to this process of urban self-definition, both past and present."--Katharina Thote, Wall Street Journal

"If a book can have the power to change a public debate, then The Ghosts of Berlin is such a book. Among the many new books about Berlin that I have read, Brian Ladd's is certainly the most impressive. . . . Ladd's approach also owes its success to the fact that he is a good storyteller. His history of Berlin's architectural successes and failures reads entertainingly like a detective novel."--Peter Schneider, New Republic

" Ladd's] well-written and well-illustrated book amounts to a brief history of the city as well as a guide to its landscape."--Anthony Grafton, New York Review of Books
Hellenistic Architecture in Asia Minor
Hellenistic Architecture in Asia Minor
Hardcover      ISBN: 031208112x
The Lake District of Minneapolis: A History of the Calhoun-Isles Community
The Lake District of Minneapolis
A History of the Calhoun-Isles Community
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0816644225

The Minneapolis lake district, which includes Lowry Hill, Kenwood, Lake of the Isles, and East Calhoun, has always attracted a unique mix of people. Some came to make their fortune, others to live a splendid life in what was then open country. Some came to build comfortable family homes, others to promenade along the lake shores or to revel in outdoor sports and recreation. No matter the year or the season, the lake district has always taken center stage in Minneapolis's urban life.

David A. Lanegran and Ernest R. Sandeen give us the complete history of the area-from the early Native American villages and pioneering missionaries, through the era of the grand resort and the coming of the streetcars, to the park board's remaking of the lakes and the landscape in 1911. With many vivid photographs and illustrations, the book concludes with historical walking tours of the Lowry Hill, Kenwood, East Lowry Hill, Lake of the Isles, East Calhoun, and Cottage City neighborhoods.

David A. Lanegran is professor and chair of geography at Macalester College. He is the author and coauthor of several books on the history and geography of the Twin Cities, including Grand Avenue: The Renaissance of an Urban Street (1996).

Before his death in 1982, Ernest R. Sandeen was the James Wallace Professor of History and codirector of the Living Historical Museum at Macalester College. He served as a member of St. Paul's Historic Preservation Commission and as a partner in Lanegran, Richter, and Sandeen, an architectural preservation, design, and land-use firm.

Timeless Architecture: A Decade of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame
Timeless Architecture
A Decade of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame
Hardcover      ISBN: 1906506302

Stunningly illustrated volume showing the highlights of the life work of ten of the world's leading classical and traditional architects includes unpublished texts and interviews with each of the architects will be of interest to anyone with a love for architecture and interiors. - The Richard H. Driehaus Prize is awarded to a living architect, whose work embodies the principles of traditional and classical architecture and urbanism in contemporary society, creating a positive, long-lasting cultural, environmental, and artistic impact. - Timeless Architecture: A Decade of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize at the University of Notre Dame presents essays and images from some of the world's most accomplished architects, including Leon Krier, AndrA's Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil, Robert A.M. Stern, and Michael Graves. Illustrated with photographs, original drawings, and plans, Timeless Architecture explores the enduring architectural ideals that enhance and sustain our communities. With a foreword by Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Paul Goldberger and personal and professional reflections from the first ten Driehaus Prize laureates, this commemorative volume offers a blueprint for creating a built environment at once more humane, functional, sustainable, and beautiful."

The Renaissance from Brvnelleschi to Michelangelo: The Representation of Architecture
The Renaissance from Brvnelleschi to Michelangelo
The Representation of Architecture
Hardcover      ISBN: 0847819973

Trade edition of original 1994 catalog of the major Palazzo Grassi exhibition.

American Homes: The Landmark Illustrated Encyclopedia of Domestic Architecture
American Homes
The Landmark Illustrated Encyclopedia of Domestic Architecture
Paperback      ISBN: 1579129927

American Homes opens the window onto the rich landscape of all the places we call home. Award-winning architect Lester Walker examines hundreds of styles of homes--more than any other survey of American domestic architecture--and helps us understand the history of each style, why it developed as it did, and the practical and historical reasons behind its shape, size, material, ornament, and plan. Hundreds of sequenced drawings illustrate the evolution of our most beloved housing styles, like the colonial English Cottage, which grows before our eyes from a simple square of posts and beams to a fully constructed home with hand-split cedar clapboards and an intricately thatched roof. There's also the Italianate, whose roof displays its intricate carved brackets and is topped with a cupola that serves to filter light to the interior of the home. Annotated floor plans offer insight into the structure of these homes, and with it, a good measure of inspiration. No wrought-iron railing, white stucco wall, or gingerbread gable goes neglected. Every idiosyncratic detail and decoration of each of these uniquely American designs is delicately drawn.

American Homes is the perfect reference for enthusiasts of architecture, history, and American studies. It is also the ideal inspiration for anyone who lives in or dreams of living in a classic American home.

The Maya: Palaces and Pyramids of the Rainforest
The Maya
Palaces and Pyramids of the Rainforest
Paperback      ISBN: 3822812412

This volume retraces the development and magnificent flowering of Mayan architecture over the period 300 BC - AD 1500. Lavishly illustrated in colour, it examines the construction form and function of such monuments as the pyramids at Tikal, the ball court at Chichen Itza and the hieroglyphic staircase at Copan. The buildings are all placed in their historical context and the book offers a stunningly visual introduction to Mayan culture and civilization.