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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (118 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Goldberger Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN:
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Why Architecture Matters is not a work of architectural history or a guide to styles or an architectural dictionary, though it contains elements of all three. The purpose of Why Architecture Matters is to come to grips with how things feel to us when we stand before them, with how architecture affects us emotionally as well as intellectually - with its impact on our lives.

Architecture begins to matter, writes Paul Goldberger, when it brings delight and sadness and perplexity and awe along with a roof over our heads. He shows us how that works in examples ranging from a small Cape Cod cottage to the vast, flowing Prairie houses of Frank Lloyd Wright, from the Lincoln Memorial to the highly sculptural Guggenheim Bilbao and the Church of Sant'Ivo in Rome, where simple geometries... create a work of architecture that embraces the deepest complexities of human imagination.

Based on decades of looking at buildings and thinking about how we experience them, the distinguished critic raises our awareness of fundamental things like proportion, scale, space, texture, materials, shapes, light, and memory. Upon completing this remarkable architectural journey, listeners will enjoy a wonderfully rewarding new way of seeing and experiencing every aspect of the built world.

The book is published by Yale University Press.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 8/20/2013

    " Very accessible read. I really enjoyed his description of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in D.C. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wen | 2/1/2013

    " the best book i have read so far, which does say much i suppose, on architecture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zach | 12/23/2012

    " A good overview of architecture for the average person with frequent, specific insights for those more versed in architectural history and theory. I appreciated the later discussion of how architectural appreciation has changed along with our culture, not really for the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Javenjiao | 3/17/2012

    " This is question I have been thinking about" why architecture matters", each architect has different opinions about architecture. They can tell you totally different causes of why architecture matters. So maybe this book is telling us a good reason. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jonathan Hiskes | 3/17/2012

    " I still don't understand architecture, but you can't write about it in the 21st century without grappling with our ecological crises. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Sankey | 5/5/2011

    " I like this whole series--leading scholars have to explain, in 200 pages, written for general readers, why their field of study matters in the larger world. The results have been lucid, illuminating and inspiring. "

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