Architecture, Piety, and Political Identity in a Tuscan City-State
In its architecture, politics, religion and daily life, the commune of Prato between the 11th and 14th centuries was typical of late medieval Italy. This richly illustrated history, telling the story of Prato’s origins, construction and demise, illustrates how the medieval communes differed from imperial Rome in their ambition to serve the welfare of residents; and it emphasizes the role of architecture in the city-state’s version of democratic urban life.
The Hungarian photographer Lucien Hervé (1910–2007) was an athlete in Hungary and a fashion designer in Paris before turning to photography in 1938. In 1949 he was commissioned to do an article on Le Corbusier’s Unite d’Habitation in Marseille and began the long collaboration with the Modern Movement pioneer which made Hervé the photographer of choice for many architects. In this volume, over 150 photographs – of architectural and other subjects – accompany a biographical and critical essay by Olivier Beer.
Traditional Houses of Somerset
A richly illustrated survey of local building traditions in Somerset (including South Avon) from the late 13th to the early 18th centuries, this volume begins with a general overview of landscape and buildings in the county. It then looks in turn at rural farmhouses, cottages and village houses, high-status houses, town houses and farm buildings, describing local materials and styles, plans, roof structures and decorative features, with examples shown in drawings and photographs.
Christopher Wren did not take up architecture until he was 30, yet by the time he was 70 he could rival any living European architect. This compact, accessible introduction charts his progress from his tentative beginnings with Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre to his great masterpieces, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Royal Naval College at Greenwich, via unbuilt projects that illustrate his flexibility and pragmatism.
A Noble Thing
The National Trust and Its Benefactors
During the 20th century there was an unprecedented transfer of property in Britain: over 600,000 acres of land passed from private hands to a charitable organization which promised to preserve it for the nation. Focusing on the period from 1940, this illustrated history of the National Trust and its benefactors explores the many different reasons, from philanthropy to tax efficiency, which motivated the donors to give away their land. Merlin Waterson was former Director of Historic Properties for the NT.
Strike a Pose
Eccentric Architecture and Spectacular Spaces
Strike a Pose! documents a new extroverted architectural language. The iconographically charged scenes and futuristic spaces featured are playful and experimental and range from private residences to schools and operas, museums and interior design. Manifested in spectacular structures, eccentric forms and vivid colours, this expressive approach goes way beyond conventional stylistic and geographic boundaries.
Sixty Unusual Places to Explore
In his hugely successful Unseen London, photographer Peter Dazeley opened closed doors to reveal a hidden London; in this book his photographs and Mark Daly's text offer a fresh perspective on 60 of the capital's most intriguing places - all of them open to the public. The buildings range from the romantic extravagance of the restored St Pancras Renaissance Hotel to the Windmill on Wimbledon Common, and include historical homes, lesser-known institutions, places of worship, shops and unusual museums.
London Landscapes in the Early Nineteenth Century
London has more green space than almost any other city of comparable size. This innovative study explains how this came about. Extensively illustrated with historical maps and plans, it shows how the principles of landscape gardening developed for country houses in the 18th century were imported into the expanding metropolis in the 19th. The results, from the garden squares of Bloomsbury to the green expanses of the Royal Parks, give the city much of its character today.
Italian Renaissance Architecture
Theorized by artists such as Filippo Brunelleschi and Leon Battista Alberti, Italian Renaissance architecture adapted Greco- Roman architectonic forms to the churches, palaces and villas of its own era and profoundly influenced the styles and trends of following centuries, throughout Europe and in other parts of the world. Arranged by structural type, major architects and geography, and richly documented with contemporary plans and drawings and modern photographs, this is a magnificent survey of 100 Renaissance buildings. Text in English, French, German and Dutch.
A Spotter's Guide
Everyone is familiar with the great lions that sit atop plinths in Trafalgar Square but hidden among the architecture, statuary and graffiti of London is a menagerie of other creatures with interesting stories to tell. With photographs, historical notes and location maps, this book provides an alternative guide to London, drawing the eye to rooftops and architectural details to find dragons, camels, fish, insects and all manner of other creatures.