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The Lost World of Pompeii
Author: Colin Amery and Brian Curran, Jr.
Publisher: Getty Trust Publication
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $50.00
ArchitectureWeek— Since Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79, the story of the lost city of Pompeii has continued to intrigue. Recently, new parts of the site have been opened and recorded for the first time.

Hagia Sophia, 1850-1950: Holy Wisdom Modern Monument
Author: Robert S. Nelson
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Built from 532 to 537 as the Cathedral of Constantinople, Hagia Sophia was little studied and seldom recognized as a great monument of world art until the nineteenth century, and Nelson examines the causes and consequences of the building's newly elevated status. He chronicles the grand dome's modern history through a vibrant cast of characters--emperors, sultans, critics, poets, archaeologists, architects, philanthropists, and religious congregations--some of whom spent years studying it, others never visiting the building. But as Nelson insists, they all had a hand in the recreation of Hagia Sophia as a modern architectural icon. By many means and for its own purposes, the West has conceptually transformed Hagia Sophia into the international symbol that it is today.

Architecture in Colonial America
Author: Marian C. Donnelly
Publisher: University of Oregon Press
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— An introduction to early American architecture, from 1492 to 1776, featuring town planning and construction methods as well as building design.

Learning From Palladio
Author: Branko Mitrovic
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $40.10
ArchitectureWeek— This book summarizes what is known today about the design procedures and methodology of the influential Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. This book sets Pallado in his contemporary context, discusses the theory of the orders, proportions, space composition, façade design, and presents this material in a way accessible to practicing architects and students, so that the ideas can be applied in their architectural work. Branko Mitrovic received his PhD. from the University of Pennsylvania. He teaches at the School of Architecture, UNITEC Institute of Technology, New Zealand.

The Stones of Naples: Church Building in the Angevin Kingdom, 1266 - 1343
Author: Caroline Bruzelius
Publisher: Yale University Press
Amazon Price: $85.00
ArchitectureWeek— The rich architectural legacy of the Angevins, three generations of French kings who reigned in southern Italy from 1266 to 1343, is very little known today. This book examines Angevin religious architecture, bringing to light for the first time the novelty and importance of these buildings while extending current understanding of the variety of medieval architecture beyond the well known cathedrals of France and England.

The History and Architecture of Chetham's School and Library
Author: Clare Hartwell
Publisher: Yale University Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $45.00
ArchitectureWeek— An exceptional example of 15th-century collegiate architecture--Chetham’s School and Library is the best preserved building of its date and type in England. Miraculously surviving war and dilapidation, the building was converted in the 17th century for use as Humphrey Chetham’s charity school and free public library. This illustrated book is the first comprehensive study of the Chetham’s building and its history. It offers new insights into a little-studied building type, and provides many details of the 17th-century conversion drawn from original documents describing how the building was adapted.

Florentine Villas in the Fifteenth Century: An Architectural and Social History
Author: Amanda Lillie
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $107.00
ArchitectureWeek— Amanda Lillie challenges the urban bias in Renaissance art and architectural history by investigating the architecture and patronage strategies in the Florentine countryside during the fifteenth century. Based on unpublished archival material, Lillie's book examines a number of villas from the Fifteenth Century. The villa emerges as a functional, utilitarian farming unit upon whose success families depended, and where dynastic and patrimonial values could be nurtured.

Colonial Houses: The Historical Homes of Williamsburg
Author: Hugh Howard
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Domestic design and construction expert and historic preservation writer Hugh Howard provides a tour of favorite Colonial Williamsburg restorations. Colonial Houses is a great resource of ideas and useful information. Howard presents each house in beautiful new color photographs and an easy-to-read floor plan, revealing all the characteristic architectural details that define the Williamsburg style. Relating the stories of the restoration projects that gave these structures new life, this book covers large and small houses, including those that are open to visitors as well as rarely shown private examples.

The Small House in Eighteenth-Century London
Author: Peter Guillery
Publisher: Yale University Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $85.00
ArchitectureWeek— This engaging book investigates the largely forgotten small houses that survive from the eighteenth century. It reveals the era’s urban architecture and the lives of a culturally distinctive metropolitan population. Guillery discusses how where, by and for whom the houses were built, stressing vernacular continuity and local variability. He examines the effects of creeping industrialization, and considers the nature of speculative suburban growth. Providing evocative illustrations, he compares these houses to urban domestic architecture elsewhere, and suggests that the eighteenth-century vernacular metropolis has enduring influence.

Urbino: The Story of a Renaissance City
Author: June Osborne
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $50.00
ArchitectureWeek— In Urbino: The Story of a Renaissance City, Art historian June Osborne brings to life the art and architecture of this great city. Exploring such sites as the fourteenth-century Oratorio di San Giovanni Battista and the Gothic Church of San Domenico, Osborne captures not only the architecture of Urbino but also the tumultuous legacy of Frederico and his son (and their many wives and courtiers). With over a hundred color photographs, many by renowned landscape photographer Joe Cornish.

Timeless Cities: An Architect's Reflections on Renaissance Italy
Author: David Mayernik
Publisher: Westview Press
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— A tour through five Italian cities famous for brilliant architecture that captures the ideas of a culture and a time in history. How Venice, Rome, Florence, Siena, and Pienza emerged from the cultural ideas of late antiquity to the 18th century.

Milton Architecture
Author: Anthony M. Sammarco and Paul Buchanan
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— A photographic survey of historic architecture of Milton, Massachusetts, from its founding in 1640. The houses cover a range of styles from post-Medieval to Victorian.

Princely Rajasthan : Rajput Palaces and Mansions
Author: George Mitchell
Publisher: Vendome Press
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Princely Rajasthan traces the evolution of palace architecture in Rajasthan from the 16th to the early 20th century. Antonio Martinelli's photographs bring to life the settings of the palaces, their architectural features and murals, and the royal collections of paintings, furniture, palanquins, and armor. George Michell trained as an architect and has a Ph.D. in Indian archaeology. He has published numerous books on Islamic and Indian architecture.

 

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