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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He pointed me towards this book, for which I am eternally grateful. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

May 28, fran added it Shelves: The book seems to skim over the surface of the matter, but st Summerson’s six radio lectures about architecture is a short read, very easy to follow.

Jun 14, Guo rated it really liked it. Summerson had a great gift for explaining difficult things in plain English. So far out of my depth. You will get more out of walking down most city c,assical after reading this book because it will help make sense of many buildings, ancient and modern.

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Alice Thornton rated it really liked it Jul 13, It is 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. 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.


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Open Preview See a Problem? Would have been a 5-star review had it not been for the authors dismissal of the Greek Revival in Architecture, which was only allowed a couple jhon pages, and also happens to be my favourite of the styles!

The Classical Language of Architecture

I read it in Portuguese. If you are looking to understand, for example, the extraordinary Renaissance churches of Romethis is an invaluable guide that explains both how this highly ornamented architecture came to be and what the key features of it are.

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. Showing of 18 reviews. However, it’s a little too Brit-centric, which is forgivable since it was originally a BBC radio broadcast.

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He wrote mainly about British architecture, especially that of the Georgian Era. A easily read narrative for the understanding of interpreting historic buildings.

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Having established the foundations of classical architecture, in the next two chapters Summerson leads us through a richly illustrated 16th century of classical style and the emergence of Baroque architecture. I read this for my history of architecture course, and despite the eurocentric view, it’s just a fun read if you’re an architecture student who is fond of classical architecture and hearing it be described to you floats your boat.

Add all three to Basket. William J R Curtis. Vani rated it really liked it Dec 01, Leave a Reply Cancel reply. 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.

His discursive style is not only informative but also really quite entertaining.