This volume presents a selection of humanity's most remarkable works in the immense and marvelous field of design and construction.
The majestic pyramids and temples of Egypt, great monuments of the Greek and Roman worlds, gems of European medieval and Renaissance architecture, extraordinary works built by Mesoamerican and Oriental civilization, and astonishing structures designed by acclaimed contemporary masters are just a few of the works showcased in this exploration of the history of architectural creativity.
The book embarks on a long and complex journey that uses words and images, commentaries and photographs, as fundamental tools to help readers grasp the essence and grandeur of these masterpieces. As detailed, careful and evocative as any account may be, no simple description of the structures, surfaces, materials and colors of these architectural works can convey their full complexity. By the same token, photographs alone—without explanatory texts or a brief overview of the vision behind these works—cannot do them justice. Words and images are essential and inseparable elements in bringing to life a work of architecture and, on a more general level, in the difficult art of creating communication. The unity and relationship of these forms of conveying thought and visible reality have the ability to inspire us - and that is the intention of this book.
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About the Author
Francesco Boccia (Milan, 1967) contributes to numerous trade periodicals and works as a freelance architect. His publications include La ricostruzione virtuale del Teatro alla Scala (1996) and Masterpieces of Modern Architecture (2006).