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review How Architecture Works. A Humanist’s Toolkit × eBook or Kindle ePUB Â An essential toolkit for understanding architecture as both art form and the setting for our everyday livesWe spend most of our days and nights in buildings living and working and sometimes playing Buildings often overawe us wiMemorial in London to an opera house in St Petersburg from the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC to a famous architect's private retreat in downtown Princeton How Architecture Works explains the central elements that make up good building design It is an enlightening humanist's toolkit for thinking about the built environment and seeing it afresh Architecture if it is any good speaks to all of us Rybczynski writes This revelatory book is his grand tour of architecture toda. Makes one look with fresh eyes at architecture

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An essential toolkit for understanding architecture as both art form and the setting for our everyday livesWe spend most of our days and nights in buildings living and working and sometimes playing Buildings often overawe us with their beauty Architecture is both setting for our everyday lives and public art form but it remains mysterious to most of us In How Architecture Works Witold Rybczynski one of our best most stylish critics and winner of the Vincent Scully Prize for his architectural writing answers our. “Exactly what makes a building memorable is hard to pin down It’s certainly not merely fulfilling a practical function all buildings do that Beauty Architecture is an art yet we rarely concentrate our attention on buildings as we do on plays books and paintings Most architecture a backdrop for our everyday lives is experienced in bits and pieces the glimpsed view of a distant spire the intricacy of a wrought iron railing the soaring space of a railroad station waiting room Sometimes it’s just a detail a well shaped door handle a window framing a perfect little view a rosette carved into a chapel pew And we say to ourselves ‘How nice Someone actually thought of that'”So begins a fantastic and humble journey through the world of Architecture in Witold Rybczynski’s How Architecture Works A Humanist’s Toolkit The beauty of the book lies in its inherent accessibility Many architecture books aim to novelize the world of architecture either as textbooks or fantastical works of fiction How Architecture Works does neitherIt is rather a book that reuires the active thought and engagement of its reader without the use of complex terms or scenarios The book's aim is to lay the various and complex facets of architecture bare on the table leaving no stone unturned It is the closest I have seen a written work achieve at stripping away the prejudices and egos that architecture heralds almost as a banner of pride in our era of frantic changeHow Architecture Works is straightforwardly broken up into several chapters each based on a theme It begins with a fantastic introduction in which Rybcyznyski speaks to his background his love of the built environment and the goals of the book This leads into the chapters of substance — Ideas The Setting Site Plan Structure Skin Details Style The Past and Taste — that are then followed by the welcomed surprise of a Glossary something that even some textbooks are missing these daysEach chapter does an excellent job of simply breaking down and describing architecture through its designated theme from a largely neutral standpoint They highlight sections of the craft that are perhaps exaggerated or filled with over zealous solutions to much simpler problems but also show how architecture can truly shine as the device it is meant to be and how this positively affects our built environmentA clear example of this simplicity is in Rybcyznyski's description of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial created by Maya Lin a twenty one year old Yale architecture student at the time of its creation Rybczynski focuses all of his attention on the straightforward nature of the design and the power that this carries through its meaning and strong connection with humanity The author states that the competition brief of which Lin beat out over fifteen hundred entries asked for four simple considerations “the memorial should be reflective and contemplative in character it should harmonize with its surroundings it should contain the names of those who had died in the conflict or who were still missing and it should make no political statement about the war”Immediately parallels can be seen to a large number of modern day’s briefs How many urban design calls to action state that spaces should have areas for contemplation or reflection and should harmonize with their surroundings The number is too vast to list and this is because designers are being given the task freuently of creating spaces for human beings once An art that seems to have been lost somewhere over the past decadesRybczynski speaks to this disconnection through highlighting the fact that “there are no modern Pritzker Prize winners in the top fifty” of favorite buildings in the USA according to polls He attributes the latter to a detachment from the past — a topic that has its own chapter and is very important to him A brilliant and sharp uote seems to describe his position “The alternative only looking forward produces what are sometimes called visionary buildings but nothing fades as uickly as yesterday’s vision of tomorrow”Through powerful statements like this Rybczynski criticizes the constant urge by designers and those in the industry to produce something 'ahead of its time' things that uickly fade into obscurity because we have ignored the past and looked solely to the future Outside this constant pressure it is no wonder that the works of the past were far human centric harmonizing readily between the natural environment and humans alikeBy all accounts the industry of architecture is currently at a crossroads diverging into polar positions that of either stunting ones voice to please the client and disturbing the proper flow of a design process or on the other extreme the “starchitects” and their wildly ambitious and oft times unnecessary approaches to design problems Rybcznyski meanders his way through this complex political mess and various others with such ease that the reader barely notices and simply enjoys the vast number of memorable phrases With respect to aesthetic preference for example he states “there’s no accounting for taste” Similarly he freuently speaks to the balance between art and function and that in the end people will pursue what they will pursueUltimately How Architecture Works lives up to its title handing the reader a complete toolkit to all things architectural with enough anecdotal story arcs to keep it nowhere near a textbook on the subject Given how elouently Rybcznyski writes 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How Architecture Works A Humanist’s ToolkitMost fundamental uestions about how good and not so good buildings are designed and constructed Introducing the reader to the rich and varied world of modern architecture he takes us behind the scenes revealing how architects as different as Frank Gehry Renzo Piano and Robert A M Stern envision and create their designs He teaches us how to read plans how buildings respond to their settings and how the smallest detail of a stair balustrade for instance can convey an architect's vision Ranging widely from a war. Probably my second favorite book on architecture the first being the insane Charles Moore book about houses Mr Rybczynski writes with clarity and care and his tone and thoroughness provide an excellent approach to the most arcane of artistic disciplines Of particular interest is the section late in the text where the author explores the houses the architects featured in the book built or adapted for themselves a useful tool for analyzing the roots of style and aesthetic than comparisons between commissioned projects I wish the author had built structure into the book How Architecture Works feels like a survey than a thesis or didactic program though it's telling of the author's skill and depth of knowledge that I actually wanted theory rather than less My only other complaint is that the word peripatetic showed up twice peripatetic is one of those words you're only allowed to use once in a text because it sticks out like a sore thumbThis is evidently Mr Rybczynski's eighteenth book I will keep an eye out for the other seventeen