What Style is it? A guide to American Architecture

What Style is it? A guide to American Architecture

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What Style Is It?: A Guide to American Architecture, Revised Edition

What Style Is It?: A Guide to American Architecture, Revised Edition

Architectural style is defined as a definite type of architecture, distinguished by special characteristics of structure and ornament.
This revised edition of What Style Is It? includes new sections on Neoclassical, Romanesque and Rustic Styles. It also provides more examples of how pure styles vary by geographic region across the US.
* Includes sections on 25 of the most significant architectural styles including Early Colonial, Federal and Second Empire
* More than 200 photos and line

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1979 15ct Stamp #1782 American Architecture (Philadelphia Exchange) on First Day Cover, Postmarked Kansas City MO June 4, 1979

1979 15ct Stamp #1782 American Architecture (Philadelphia Exchange) on First Day Cover, Postmarked Kansas City MO June 4, 1979

One of four stamps issued in 1979 commemorating successful early Americabn architecture of enduring beauty , strength and usefulness.

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Deco by the Bay: Art Deco Architecture in the San Francisco Bay Area

Deco by the Bay: Art Deco Architecture in the San Francisco Bay Area

With lavish color plates and itineraries and maps for nine tours of the Bay Area, this beautiful book is a stunning and authoritative guide to Deco beauty in San Francisco. 150 color plates.

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Individualistic Japanese Architecture

Individualistic Japanese Architecture
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Japanese cities (and most cities in East Asia) are a jumble of Western, Asian, traditional, modern, baroque, and just plain weird architectural styles. Planning regulations are lax and mainly concerned with ensuring the safety of the occupants, not with ensuring harmony with the surrounding buildings.

Cultural psychologists have attempted to associate this with Asian collectivism by arguing that Asian cities are diffuse, anonymous, lacking in a focal point, and encourage Asian wholistic modes of thinking.

Be that as it may, it seems to me that Japanese architecture both traditional and modern is ‘ruggedly individualistic’. Traditional Japanese architecture, while belonging to a tradition, is often extravagent or even ostentatious in for instance the style of its rooves, gatehouses and entrance halls. More modern articture often, or usually, displays no concern for harmony with the surrounding architecture.

The Japanese are harmonious in regard to the expression of opinions in public sitations. Opinions are to be kept to oneself in Japan. Visual expressions of one ones preferences, proclivities, style, tastes, creativity, are often individual to the point of being obtrusive.

But then again, perhaps, there is nothing obtrusive about Japanese architecture at all. Japanese consider individualistic architectual preferences a common-place. And to a certain exten the individualities of Westerners and Asians are invisible to each other. Though Westerners have original opinions that are they are keen to expound, opinions, theories, policies and linguistic contrusctions in general are trivialised, or even, in the Zen Buddhist tradition especially, but also in common idiom (理屈言うな), perjorative. Similar visual expressions of individuality appear to Western eyes as trivial, mere image, peacocky, or vain. Sometimes it is difficult to see how individual we all are.

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Candela (Basic Architecture)

Candela (Basic Architecture)

“Candela” features some of the loveliest and unique homes in the picturesque state of Bahia, Brazil. Highlights include a treehouse by sculptor Frans Krajeberg, a house made of corals, and a house perched on a cliff.

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