The Rose Window
Splendor and Symbol
‘The most spectacular of all the creations of the Gothic era’, the rose window still has the power to transfix 21st-century tourists in cathedrals such a Notre-Dame, Strasbourg or York Minster. In this magnificent study, with photographs of almost 300 roses, Cowen takes a chronological approach, exploring the origins and evolution of the form up to the present day, while letting ‘each window speak for itself’. Other chapters discuss the iconography, glazing, geometry and construction of rose windows, and the book concludes with a gazetteer.
The Image of Venice
Fialetti's View and Sir Henry Wotton
In 1636, Sir Henry Wotton, former English ambassador to Venice, donated a huge bird’s-eye view of the island city to Eton College, where it hangs to this day. Published to celebrate the restoration of the painting, this book investigates the circumstances of its creation by Odoardo Fialetti in 1611, and its place amid other depictions of Venice. Superb photographic reproductions pick out the vignettes of Venetian life with which the artist peopled the city’s squares.
Draw Me a House
Architectural Ideas, Inspiration and Colouring In
Every child makes drawings of simple houses and many are inspired to sketch dream homes when they are older. This drawing and colouring book focuses interest on architecture and famous buildings, such as the Empire State Building and the Gherkin, as well as interior features such as lighting and furniture. Using accessible, simple line art, the pages include dot-to-dots, sketches to colour in and drawing challenges. Ages 7–13.
World in the Balance
The Historic Quest for an Absolute System of Measurement
Every day we need reliable ways of measuring length, weight and time. For most of human history these were based on creatively improvised local standards, such as the ancient Chinese connection between length and musical pitch. This book, by the philosopher who writes a regular Physics World column, tells little-known stories behind the world’s diverse measures and shows how they were gradually consolidated into a universal system, and how scientists are creating the first absolute system based on physical constants.
The Long and the Short of It
How We Came to Measure Our World
In the seventh century a yard was as much a reckoning of the worth of some land as a set measure of its dimensions and, although the term came to mean a unit of distance, the 36-inch standard was not settled until 1855. This light-hearted compendium explores the origins of our weighing, measuring and timing systems from the Babylonian calendar to the metric system.
Demolished, Destroyed, Imagined, Reborn
Jonathan Glancey, formerly the Architecture and Design Editor at the Guardian, surveys buildings that have gone – whether by act of God, war or planning committee – and some that never were. Richly illustrated with photographs and reproductions, the book ranges from ancient structures 'lost in myth', such as the Tower of Babel and Darius's palace at Persepolis, to Norman Foster's Millennium Tower ('left on the drawing board'), and includes such famous lost buildings as Fonthill Abbey, Coventry Cathedral and the World Trade Center.
Colossal: Engineering the Suez Canal, Statue of Liberty,
Eiffel Tower and Panama Canal
Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby traces a history that leads from Napoleon's encounter with the gigantic monuments of ancient Egypt to the building of the wonders of the industrial world: the Suez Canal, the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower and the Panama Canal. Grigsby shows how all four modern colossi owe their existence to French engineers and the fantasies of wealth, progress and colonial expansion they and the French financiers and politicians took as a call to destiny. With over 200 illustrations.
Homes on the Move
This fascinating and original book explores everything from tents to the eternally popular caravans and campers, with beautiful colour images and detailed information. It is a must have for all those who succumb to the appeal of mobile accommodation, but also for those who design and construct homes on wheels, as an essential source of reference.