Architectural Aesthetics

Sangeet Sharma, Abhishek, 2005, ills, 118 p, ISBN : 8182470876, $40.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Architectural Aesthetics/Sangeet Sharma

Contents: 1. Crux, core and continuity. 2. Conserving through memory. 3. Vernacular--in the new guise. 4. Architecture and the new national icons. 5. The Dilemma of Arab architecture. 6. Discovering new Chandigarh. 7. Bridging architectonics. 8. Continuing industrial aesthetics. 9. Defining design. 10. Designing for human crisis. 11. The hidden narrative of buildings. 12. Symbolism through light. 13. My personal space. 14. Architect: the artistic technician. 15. The abode of Thomas Hardy. 16. The light of our lives. 17. An ode to Portland stone. 18. The open hand. 19. Princely architecture. 20. The City Museum--Chandigarh. 21. Fenestrations: their function and evolution. 22. The future of Chandigarh. 23. Le Corbusier as an artist. 24. The genius of Pierre Jenneret.

"The book is an anthology comprising of twenty-four articles, essays on architecture. The author has delved into aspects of architecture comparing its relation with other allied fields like art, painting, poetry, music metaphysics, spirituality, human emotions and primarily understanding of life through the noble profession of architecture. The collection stimulates and delights in the variety and diversity of architecture through varied processes of story telling and the analysis of facts. Each article narrates its individual journey and experience by taking aids of built form across the world. Many travels to Indian sub continent and Europe have given an international dimensions to these writings.

Covering wide range of topics and areas, the examples covered are from Chandigarh in India to site of Stonehenge in U.K. The collection offers fresh new perspectives on architecture and its histories within the arena of futuristic cultural studies. It provokes how many roles that buildings can play in the conscious and unconscious lives of human beings. It is the fine example to embrace plurality." (jacket)

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