Monday, 16 June 2008

A World History Of Architecture

A World History Of Architecture
The second edition of A World History Of Architecture, by Michael Fazio, Marian Moffett, and Lawrence Wodehouse, has been published by Laurence King. (In America, it has been retitled Buildings Across Time: An Introduction To World Architecture.) The book presents a global history of architecture from Stonehenge to the early 21st century. Like Graphic Design: A New History, it's another in the publisher's impressive collection of historical surveys of various artistic fields.

The ultimate authority on architectural history is Banister Fletcher's A History Of Architecture, edited by Dan Cruickshank, currently in its twentieth edition. Fletcher's volume has an almost incredible 4,000 illustrations, while Fazio et al. provide a 'mere' 700. However, Fletcher's text is less accessible, and less affordable.

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