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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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. The Classical Language of Architecture: May 28, fran added it Shelves: There is the difference, however, that whereas the learning of Latin is a slow and difficult business, the language of classical architecture is relatively simple.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply. It arcitecture 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.

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Sometimes the author forgets that he’s addressing a non-architectural public, so those college days sitting in an architectural history course definitely came in handy.


It goes from the first civilizations to use that form of expression, to the archigecture.

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It’s clear, succint and easy to read. Jun 03, Andrew Rodda rated it really liked it Shelves: La arquitectura es un lenguaje que no se oye, sino que se ve.

Unlimited One-Day Delivery and more. Published December 15th by Mit Press first published This is a good intro to classical architecture. Open Preview See a Problem? Thank the heavens for Google Images.

But it is a trade off, that arcjitecture can do for the compactness of the book.

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Vani rated it really liked it Dec 01, However, it’s a little afchitecture Brit-centric, which is forgivable since it was originally a BBC radio broadcast. Jun 01, Ally rated it really liked it.

There’s a problem loading this menu at the moment. Read more Read less. Modern Architecture Since The book works well as an introduction to classical architecture and its values and shifts architecturre time, but it is by no means a stand-alone kind of book.

Visit our Help Pages. However, after reading the reviews it architwcture dangerouA. A easily read narrative for the understanding of interpreting historic buildings. He is less concerned with its development in Greece and Rome than with its expansion and use in the centuries since the Renaissance. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

It’s the best book about Classical Language on Architecture. A true masterpiece about classical architecture that spans classica to 19th century European and American architecture.


If you persevere through all teh flipping of pages it is abundant with key information. The book delivered what it promises: Really useful for the course I was studying jogn classical architecture. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. The book is intended for anybody who cares for architecture but more specifically for students beginning a course in the history of architecture, to whom a guide to the classical architectyre will be an essential companion.

Summerson is one of my favourite architectural writers.

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In this book, the author’s purpose is to set out as simply and vividly as possible the exact grammatical workings of this architectural language. This is a archihecture book: Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

See our Returns Policy. See and discover other items: I can’t recommend it highly enough if you take any interest in architecture. He pointed me towards this book, for which I am eternally grateful.