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Bricks & Mortals: Ten Great Buildings and the People They Made [Format Kindle]

Tom Wilkinson

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We don’t just look at buildings: their facades, beautiful or ugly, conceal the spaces where we live. We are born, work, love, and die in architecture. We buy and sell it, rent and squat it, create and destroy it. All of these aspects of buildings—economic, erotic, political, and psychological—are crucial if we are to understand architecture properly. And because architecture molds us just as much as we mold it, understanding architecture helps us to understand our lives and our world.

In this book, ten buildings from across the globe tell stories of architecture from the beginning of civilization to the present day. From the remains of the Tower of Babel to the Summer Palace in Beijing, built and destroyed by Europeans, to the Ford car plant where the production line was born, Tom Wilkinson unpicks these structures to reveal the lives of the people who built and used them. Architecture has always had a powerful and intimate relationship with society and the lives of those who build and live with it. It has often been used to try and improve society. But can architecture change our lives for the better?

The buildings are: the Tower of Babel, Babylon; Nero’s Golden House, Rome; Djinguereber Mosque, Timbuktu; Palazzo Rucellai, Florence; the Garden of Perfect Brightness, Beijing; the Festival Theatre, Beyreuth; E.1027, Cap Martin; Highland Park Ford Plant, Detroit; and the Finsbury Health Centre, London.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 352 pages
  • Editeur : Bloomsbury Press; Édition : 1 (22 juillet 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating way to look at architecture 18 août 2014
Par BA in NJ - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Fascinating! I've just finished the 4th chapter on the Palazzo Rucellai, Florence, which roams from 15th century Italy to ancient Greece and Rome to early 20th century Germany and New York. As the title very cleverly suggests, Wilkinson shows all the human (and thus, political, social, cultural, economic) stories that are hidden and embedded in great architectural structures. I absolutely love this book and only wish Wilkinson were around NYC so he could give a series of talks to accompany the book. Short of that, perhaps Wilkinson could create a website with easy access to photos of all the other buildings he discusses in every chapter. That is the only thing that frustrates me as I read … that there are so few illustrations. I just found a comment about the book, in response to a review in the Guardian/Observer: "He does rather wear his political colours on his sleeve, not the dispassionate historian." His left sleeve, I might add, which suits me fine. Is there really such a thing as "dispassionate history"? Anyway, I'm not sure why no one else on Amazon has reviewed this book yet. Maybe it's too new. I just happened to come across it displayed among the new books in my local library. I hope many readers and many reviewers will soon discover this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fresh, interesting, intellectual and FUN.... 17 octobre 2014
Par Sigrid Olsen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Tom Wilkinson's book was such a delicious read, with so many great allusions that it is helpful to have your computer nearby just so you can savor all the information. The best part about this book is that within 24 hours of reading it, I have referred to it in conversation with five different people who all asked...where did you LEARN that? Why is it so wonderful? First, he's treading on different ground...the buildings are not as well known as other architectural titans: and what you read has twists and turns that take you to interesting places. I knew enough about Mahler to look at his composing "hut" with fascination, and had read some about the Tower of Babel...but then Wilkinson takes me to Bruegel, to the "Beeldenstorm" of the Revolt of the Netherlands to the fall of the Bastille to Baghdad 2003. The chapter of Bayreuth then takes us to the Radio City Music Hall, and the dream worlds of Coney island and Walt Disney. The chapter on E.1027. a villa designed by Eileen Gray, reads like mystery novel. There are a thousand stories in Wilkinson's book, and even though I knew so many of the allusions, some chapters left me gasping with delight at all his ruminations and the vital connectedness between buildings and human beings.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Five Stars 1 septembre 2014
Par R. R. Hellenschmidt - Publié sur Amazon.com
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