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Includes index. Architecture History 1. Casilla, Greg. The aims are set out in Chapter 1, al inclusiveness is not one of them. It was impor tant that this treatment of selective places be full. Architectural style comes in of course; that was the core of my training, But Tam as concerned with use and structure and urban process, with motivation and ritual sequence. That task would entail a fat balance in the account of architectural 13 ditions in all ages and on al continents.

We are preoccupied with our own Western tradition. As a symbolic recog tion ofthis interdependence, have avoided discussing non-Western traditions tidily in their own individual chapters. It seemed to me that the excitement of controntation might outweigh the obvious advantage of Separate linear nartaives.

Through the years, Richard Tobias has been a steady collaborator. This is as much his book as itis mine, His drawings go be: yond mere illustration. They strengthen and any the approach of this historical sur. Where possible this setting is original to the building. The multipart draw- ings of Karnak and the Piazza San Marco are examples. It should be self-evident that a history of this kind reaps the collective effort and wisdom of schelars in several fields. Since the mature of the book precluded the cus- tomary apparatus of notes and extensive bibliographies, 1 must acknowledge my fenormous debt to them all here, a debt which in a number of cases approaches dependence.

Readers of drafts include Christian Ono, Richard C. Millon, A most patient and sym pathetic review came from Elizabeth M Brown; her serutiny improved the book tang bly, and 1am de-ply grateful to her. The long process wore out several assist: ants. To Doughs MacDonald, owe the most.

He has worked long and hard on sources, illustraions, and the glossary, and ably served a liaison withthe publisher. On that side, our maim ally was Kathy Kuht2. These included America by Design, a PBS series and a companion publication of the same name, as well as The City Shaped and The City Assembled, a two-volume study of urban form and its social mean ings.

Both efforts sent him traveling 10 sites that embodied the exceptional as well as the ordinary in late-twentieth- Century environmental design.

In June , Spiro Kostof was diag- sea. He died six months later at his home in Berkeley. His habit was to prepare complete scripts for his lec: tures, which he then would commit to memory. These typescripts established the narrative framework and basic text for the final chapters of this edition. More than one digression from his script, as documented on tape, has found its way into this edition. None- theless, the text of a lecture, however pol: ished, is not that ofa textbook. And Joyce Berry of Dxlord University Press, now veteran of three Kostof publica: tions, again proved her considerable edi torial and diploriatic talents.

Every effort ofthis sort deserves a dedi cation. In keeping with my role as the facilitator rather than the author of this volume, I will defer on that count to Pro- fessor Kostof, whose meditations were captured on videotape in May in one of hi final public Fectures. Last week was the last lecture of the great Vincent Scully: a trie mind, 3 terre image nation.

His coutse closed after being taught Since the early s, He retired unvilingly He wanted 10 g0 on and on until he dies, 35 most of us do.

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Includes index. Architecture History 1. Casilla, Greg. The aims are set out in Chapter 1, al inclusiveness is not one of them. It was impor tant that this treatment of selective places be full. Architectural style comes in of course; that was the core of my training, But Tam as concerned with use and structure and urban process, with motivation and ritual sequence. That task would entail a fat balance in the account of architectural 13 ditions in all ages and on al continents.

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