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“With this insightful work, Howard Davis brings a refreshing breeze to ventilate our stuffy attics of architectural thought. He draws our attention away from the tired, singular icons of architectural history and directs it toward the omnipresent urban fabric that shapes our everyday experience. Through his words and photographs, we learn to recognize (and hopefully to replicate) the qualities of a built environment that is healthy for our minds and souls as well as our bodies.”–Edward Allen, author of How Buildings Work: The Natural Order of Architecture
“In this innovatory and challeging work, Howard Davis explores the relationships between the institutions and operations of building design and construction in practical and human terms. Drawing upon a remarkably broad frame of reference, Davis cites examples from his own studies in Japan, India, North Africa, and elsewhere, in addition to focused examination of the building culture of the past and present in Europe and the United States. This unprecedented book should be essential reading, not merely for architects and students of architecture, but for all who are seriously engaged in the production of buildings now, and in the future.”–Paul Oliver, Director, Centre for Vernacular Architecture, Oxford Brookes University
“It’s not often that a book appears with the potential to fundamentally change the way we think about the built world. The Culture of Building by Howard Davis is such a book.”–Architecture Week
“A most welcome contribution to the field…for professionals whose work is related directly or even indirectly to building and construction…[and] for use as a text in courses dealing with the relationship of building and culture.”–Journal of Architectural Education
“Wonderful and refreshing. It describes, for the first time, a new point of view in which the overall system and process of construction of the buildings in the world–all of them together–is viewed as a single system: and that system is analyzed for its capacity to create a living world, or not, in different traditional and modern societies. The depth of the examples, the beautiful detail that describes individual instances of building process from culture after culture, and the analytical insight in the hundreds of examples, make this book a landmark. The Culture of Building… heralds a new era in our thinking about architecture.”–Christopher Alexander
“With this insightful work, Howard Davis brings a refreshing breeze to ventilate our stuffy attics of architectural thought. He draws our attention away from the tired, singular icons of architectural history and directs it toward the omnipresent urban fabric that shapes our everyday experience.”–Edward Allen, author of How Buildings Work: The Natural Order of Architecture
“This unprecedented book should be essential reading, not merely for architects and students of architecture, but for all who are seriously engaged in the production of buildings now, and in the future.”–Paul Oliver, Director, Centre for Vernacular Architecture Studies, Oxford Brookes University
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Table of Contents
Part I: Buildings as Cultural Products
1. Building as a Unified Social Process
2. Four Building Cultures in History
3. Building Cultures of the Contemporary City
Part II: Rules and Knowledge about Building
1. Connections to the Larger Culture
2. Builders, Architects, and Their Institutions
3. Shared Architectural Knowledge
4. Value and the Flow of Money
5. Agreements, Contracts, and Control
7. Shaping Buildings and Cities
1. Postindustrial Craftsmanship
2. Culturally Appropriate Buildings
3. Human-Based Institutions
Conclusion: Cracks in the Concrete Pavement
- Trade Paperback
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- OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
- 1 in.
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- Art & Architecture | Theory & Criticism; Aesthetics
- Art and Architecture | Theory and Criticism; Aesthetics
- Architecture | Theory
- Architecture — History.
- Criticism; Aesthetics