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Codex Codex Magliabechiamus De Re Aedificatoria Libri Decem Architecture ou Art de Bien Bastir Vitruvius Teutsch Von den Fnff Slen De Architectura di Lucio Vitruvio Pollione I Dieci Libri dellArchitettura di M Vitruvio Nouvelles Inventions Pour Bien Bastir et a Petits Fraiz Le premier Tome de lArchitecture Regola delli Cinque Ordini dArchitettura The First and Chief Grounds of Architecture I Quattro Libri dellArchitettura Architectura von Au_theilung, Symmetria und Proportion der Fnff Seulen Lidea della Architettura Universale Tutte lOpere dArchitettura et Prospettiva Manier de Bien Bastir Pour Touttes Sortes des Personnes Augumentation de Nouveaux Bastiments Faits en France Parallele de lArchitecture Antique et de la Moderne Le Dix Livres dArchitecture de Vitruve Grundtliche Darstellung Der Fnff Sellen Cours dArchitecture Ordonnance des Cinq Espces de Colonnes Selon la Mthode des Anciens Cours dArchitecture Qui Comprend les Orders de Vignole Disegni di Vari Altari e Cappelle nelle Chiese di Roma Frstlicher Baumeister Oder: Architectura Civilis Studio dArchitettura Civile Entwurff Einer Historischen Architectur Vitruvius Britannicus A Book of Architecture, Containing Designs of Buildings and Ornament An Essay in Defence of Ancient Architecture Rules for Drawing the Several Parts of Architecture Lectures on Architecture Architecture Franoise A Complete Body of Architecture A Treatise on Civil Architecture Della Magnificenza ed Architettura de Romani Ouvres dArchitecture Cours dArchitecture ou Trait de la Dcoration, Distribution & Costrution des Btiment Principi di Architettura Civile Indice delle Figure Relative ai Principi di Architettura Civile Recueil et Parallle des Edifices de Tout Genre Anciens et Modernes LArchitecture Considrres Sous Rapport de lArt, des Moeurs et de la Legislation Prcis des Leons dArchitecture Trait Thorique et Pratique de lArt de Btir Architektonisches Lehurbuch Anweisung zur Architectur des Christian Cultus In Welchen Style Sollen Wir Bauen? Denkmale der Christlichen Religion Architectura Civilis Vorlufige Bemerkungen ber Bemalte Architektur und Plastik Bei den Alten Contrasts Sammlung Architectonischer Entwrfe The True Principles of Pointed or Christian Architecture Die BAsiliken des Christilichen Roms Supplment Gotisches A-B-C Buch Die Vier Elemente der Baukunst Der Kleine Altdeutsche (Gothe) Der Stil in den Technischen und Tektonischen Knsten Lehrbuch der Gothinschen Konstruktionen Dictionnaire Raisonn de Larchitecture Franaise du XIe au XVIe Sicle Entretiens sur l'Architecture To-morrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform Ausgefhrte Bauten und Entwrfe Une Cit industrielle: tude pour la Construction des Villes Die Stadkrone Alpine Architektur Vers une Architecture Urbanisme Internationale Architektur The International Style: Architecture since 1922 Das Deutsche Wohnaus La Cherte d'Athnes Grndsatze des Stdtebaus Archigram LArchitettura della Citt Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture Learning from Las Vegas Metabolism in Architecture The Language of Post-Modern Architecture Delirious New York S, M, L, XL


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1.Vitruvius, De Architectura Libri Decem (this edition translated by Marchese Berardo Galliani, published in Venice, 1854) Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (c 8015 BC) was the first Roman architect to have written surviving records of his field. In The Ten Books on Architecture, the only major book on architecture from classical antiquity, he famously asserted that a structure must exhibit the three qualities of firmitas, utilitas and venustas (durability, usefulness and beauty). According to Vitruvius, architecture is an imitation of nature. This concept is exemplified by the Vitruvian Man, of which Leonardo da Vinci provided a universally known drawing: the human body is inscribed in the circle and the square as a rule following the fundamental geometric patterns of the cosmic order. 2. Leon Battista Alberti, Della architettura: Libri dieci (original translation by Cosimo Batoli, published in Milan, 1833) Alberti (140472) patterned The Ten Books on Architecture after De Architectura by the Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius. The work was the first architectural treatise of the Renaissance. It covered a wide range of subjects, from history to town planning, from engineering to the philosophy of beauty. De Re Aedificatoria, however, was not fully published until 1485, after which it became a major guide for architects in spreading theories and ideals of the Florentine Renaissance to the rest of Italy. The first Italian edition is dated 1546; the standard Italian edition, by Cosimo Bartoli, 1550. 3. Vignola, Regola delli Cinque Ordini dArchitettura (this edition printed in Siena by Bernardino Oppi, 1635) In 1562, Giacomo Barozzi, often simply called Vignola, wrote the treatise entitled Canon of the Five Orders of Architecture (probably in Rome), which was immensely successful throughout Europe right up until the 19th century. Alongside Due Regole della Prospettiva Pratica/Two Rules of Practical Perspective (Bologna, 1583), the Canon of the Five Orders helped formulate the canons of classical architectural style without theoretical obscurities. In particular, the posthumously published Two Rules of Practical Perspective favoured the diffusion of one-point perspective rather than two-point methods such as bifocal construction. 4. Andrea Palladio, I Quattro Libri dellArchitettura (original edition published in Venice by Domenico de Franceschi, 1570) The importance of the The Four Books of Architecture, in which Andrea Palladio (1508-80) acknowledged the authority of Vitruvius and Alberti, lies not only in the improvements brought about by the ancient models, but also in the declaration of independence established by modern constructions. One of the most innovative configurations Palladio introduced to architecture was the interlocking of two architectural orders, delineating a hierarchy of a larger order overriding a lesser order, which he applied to the design of Roman Catholic churches. This idea of two superimposed systems paralleled the setting of the rules of illustration in modern architectural representation as based on the exact juxtapositions of plans and facades. Interest in Palladios style was renewed in later generations to such an extent that Palladianism became a new architectural trend that was fashionable all over Europe. 5. Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Della Magnificenza ed Architettura de Romani (this title page from Antichit di Albano e di Castel Gandolfo, first released in Rome, 1764) In Roman Magnificence and Architecture (Rome, 1761), Piranesi (172078) triggered a harsh polemics with Johann Joachim Winckelmann (171768), a staunch supporter of the primacy of Greek art over Roman architecture. The result was a learned tractatus in the guise of a dialogue whose novelty is to be found in the application of the dialect of Enlightenment to establish a new, modern style based on the combinatorial eclecticism of past forms. Piranesi gave a brilliant sample of his innovative conception in more than 1,700 drawings and engravings by faithfully imitating the missing parts of Romes remains that he so meticulously used to depict. Piranesis work, which heavily influenced Neoclassicism by anticipating the historical revivalism affecting Postmodernism, also influenced a number of disciplines outside of architecture, including cinema (for example, Sergei Eisensteins invention of the cinematic cut).


6. Eugne-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, Dictionaire Raisonne de LArchitecture Francaise du XIe au XVIe Sicle (this edition published in Paris by VA Morel & C, 1875) In 1948, Sir John Summerson considered that there have been two supremely eminent theorists in the history of European architecture Leon Battista Alberti and Eugne Viollet-le-Duc (181479). Violletle-Ducs restorations of ancient buildings frequently combined historical fact with creative modification, and his updating of the church of Notre Dame in Paris influenced the architecture of the 19th century to such a degree that it led to a massive revivalism of Gothic architecture everywhere. By applying the lessons he had derived from Gothic architecture, Viollet-le-Duc saw beneath its historical allure. Pushing forwards what he conceived to be its rational structural systems, he thus opened the way for Modernism by opposing the set rules of its time: Gothic against classical, construction against decoration, truth against lie, progress against academism, etc. This he did via a remarkably innovative kind of architectural representation, as expressed in his Dictionaire, which first appeared in Paris between 1854 and 1868. 7. Le Corbusier, LEsprit Nouveau (Paris, Issue 1, 1920) In the hope that politically minded industrialists in France would lead the way with their efficient Taylorist and Fordist strategies, adopted from American models, to reorganise society, CharlesEdouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier (18871965), began a new journal entitled LEsprit Nouveau. The journal advocated the use of modern industrial techniques and strategies to transform society into a more efficient environment and with a higher standard of living at all socioeconomic levels. Le Corbusier forcefully argued that this transformation was necessary to avoid the spectre of revolution that would otherwise shake society. His dictum Architecture or Revolution, developed in his articles in the journal, became his rallying cry for the book Vers une Architecture (Towards an Architecture), which included selected articles from LEsprit Nouveau between 1920 and 1923, and was first released in 1923. 8. Aldo Rossi, LArchitettura della Citt (Marsilio Editori, Padua, 1966) Aldo Rossi (193197) became extremely influential for the theories he promoted in his 1966 book The Architecture of the City. In his writings, Rossi criticised the lack of understanding of the city in current architectural practice by arguing that a city must be studied and valued as something constructed over time; of particular interest in this respect are urban artefacts that withstand the passage of time. Rossi in fact held that the city remembers its past in the shape of collective memory, and that therefore we use that memory through monuments. In other words, monuments give structure to the city. In Aldo Rossi we can therefore find an iconist avant-la-lettre, for the spreading of his treatise paralleled the growth of iconic buildings capable of rejuvenating the economy of forgotten quarters of a city or the whole city itself. 9. Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour, Learning from Las Vegas: The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form (this edition published by in Cambridge, MA, by MIT Press, 1986) A controversial critic of the purely functional orthodoxy professed by Modernist architecture, Robert Venturis gentle manifesto in Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966) was described by Vincent Scully as the most important writing on the making of architecture since Le Corbusiers Vers une Architecture (1923). In 1972, with Denise Scott Brown and Steven Izenour, Venturi wrote Learning from Las Vegas, a further rebuke to elite architectural tastes. By coining the terms Duck and Decorated Shed as applied to opposed architectural building styles, the book compared the expressionism of late-Modernist architecture with a new architectural trend of treating the buildings facade as an advertising billboard exhibiting the forgotten symbolism of American imagery rather than commercials. This highly influential treatise also broadened the ongoing debate about the skin of the architectural organism, which became central to architectural practice in replacing oldfashioned concerns about style or shape. 10. Rem Koolhaas, Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan (this edition published in New York by Monacelli Press, 1994) With Delirious New York (1978), Koolhaas emphatically embraced the contradictions of two disciplines architecture and urban design struggling to maintain their humanist ideals in a rapidly globalising world. Rather than material honesty, human scale and carefully crafted meaning, architecture now has to face material economy, machine scale and random meaning. For this reason, Koolhaas celebrates the chance-like nature of city life, an approach already made evident in the Japanese Metabolist Movement of the 1960s and early 1970s. He therefore interrogates the notion of programme, first raised by Modernism in the 20th century, as the pretext of architectural design epitomised in the maxim Form Follows Function. The latter is in fact replaced by a new design method called cross-programming, which Koolhaas derived from high-rise architecture in Manhattan and (unsuccessfully) proposed for the Seattle Public Library project (2003) through the inclusion of hospital units for the homeless.


Text 2009 John Wiley & Sons Ltd

Compiled by Francesco Proto