Architecture: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by Andrew Ballantyne

By Andrew Ballantyne

This hugely unique and complex examine structure is helping us to appreciate the cultural importance of the structures that encompass us. It avoids the normal style-spotting procedure and as an alternative offers us an idea of what it's approximately constructions that strikes us, and what it really is that makes them very important artistically and culturally. The booklet starts through how structure acquires which means via culture, and concludes with the exoticism of the new avant-garde interval. Illustrations of specific structures support to anchor the final issues with particular examples, from historic Egypt to the current day.

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The bearing of this truism on the quiddity of De architectura is worth exploring. In the hierarchy of the known—at least for Vitruvius and his contemporaries—what was written took precedence over what was not. , after the appearance of Varro’s 41-volume compendium of Roman custom, Antiquitates rerum humanarum et divinarum, Cicero paid tribute to its author. ”3 For intellectuals like Cicero, true knowledge of who and where you were lay in a written record of mores, many far from current, not in changeable collective memory and customary behavior.

28 The resonance of this with the opening of De architectura is uncanny, with one telling difference. 29 Vitruvius may have known Agrippa’s work. Not the map itself, only installed in the Porticus Vipsania about forty years after De architectura appeared, but Agrippa’s commentaries which may well be the orbis terrarum . . 30 In this geographical context, the ground covered by commentarii was the worldwide arena of Roman achievement. 31 Agrippa himself appears to have said so. ”32 “The three parts of the world are called Europe, Asia and Libya or Africa” would sound better, but in the odd phrasing actually used the three parts of the world do not preexist their naming.

29 Vitruvius may have known Agrippa’s work. Not the map itself, only installed in the Porticus Vipsania about forty years after De architectura appeared, but Agrippa’s commentaries which may well be the orbis terrarum . . 30 In this geographical context, the ground covered by commentarii was the worldwide arena of Roman achievement. 31 Agrippa himself appears to have said so. ”32 “The three parts of the world are called Europe, Asia and Libya or Africa” would sound better, but in the odd phrasing actually used the three parts of the world do not preexist their naming.

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