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Architecture: Action and Plan (Peter Cook)

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Author(s): Peter Cook
Format: paperback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 1967
Publisher: Studio Vista
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 96
Illustrations: Profusely illustrated

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Paperback.  First edition. Architecture is seen in this stimulating book as a series of ideas based on fundamental human motives and aspirations, the three-dimensional extension of our personalities. The buildings and experimental projects illustrated are largely taken from the twentieth century and the author attempts to read their significance with reference to the world of our own experience. The relationship between a physical operation and its special counterpart is traced, but never forgetting the surrounding factors which make the buildings the product of an individual personality possessing weaknesses and foibles as well as logic. Our judgment of what is normally thought of as ‘great architecture’ is seen against this background. The evolution of sophisticated space-making and building technology is shown to be a step-by-step historical process. The author presents a case for regarding architecture as a sensible operation. The current scene is discussed, with a brief outline of some of the techniques used in office practice and in the production-line of industrialised buildings. In conclusion the author offers a spirited defence of experimental and sometimes unconventional architecture.  Condition: very good.

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