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American Architecture Leland was my Architecture history professor while in grad school at University of Oregon Obviously we used his texts for the course He's a great professor great writer and sweet person Plus he wears a bow tie everyday Very very detailed writing A bit overwhelming to be honest The only text book I have read cover to cover and refer back to on a regular basis Must have in your Architectural reference library In American Architecture Leland Roth introduces the reader to the major developments that shaped the American built environment from before the arrival of the Europeans to the present from ceremonial enclosures and homes to Modernism and its discontents There is extensive historical coverage of 17th and 18th century architecture and regional styles On both the high style architecture of aspiration and the everyday vernacular architecture Roth presents the historical impact of changes in conceptual imagery style building technology landscape design and town planning theory He charts the gradual development of towns cities and suburbs along with the social cultural and political forces that shaped their growth“Buildings like politics are based on the fine art of compromise and every building represents a judicious balance between the conflicting needs and aspirations of the client architect and builder Americans especially it would seem have been caught between divergent needs and desires between the impulse on the one hand to build pragmatically and efficiently and the wish on the other hand to realize a conceptual ideal” writes Roth These ten chapters provide a full reliable and up to date description analysis and interpretation of American buildings and their architects The 612 illustrations— consisting of photographs drawings plans and maps— are integrated throughout the text Well written and comprehensive Roth’s American Architecture is invaluable as a guide a study and a reference

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