- Title: Architecture without Architects: A Short Introduction to Non-Pedigreed Architecture
- Author: Bernard Rudofsky
- ISBN: 9780826310040
- Page: 223
- Format: Paperback
In this book, Bernard Rudofsky steps outside the narrowly defined discipline that has governed our sense of architectural history and discusses the art of building as a universal phenomenon He introduces the reader to communal architecture architecture produced not by specialists but by the spontaneous and continuing activity of a whole people with a common heritage, actIn this book, Bernard Rudofsky steps outside the narrowly defined discipline that has governed our sense of architectural history and discusses the art of building as a universal phenomenon He introduces the reader to communal architecture architecture produced not by specialists but by the spontaneous and continuing activity of a whole people with a common heritage, acting within a community experience A prehistoric theater district for a hundred thousand spectators on the American continent and underground towns and villages complete with schools, offices, and factories inhabited by millions of people are among the unexpected phenomena he brings to light The beauty of primitive architecture has often been dismissed as accidental, but today we recognize in it an art form that has resulted from human intelligence applied to uniquely human modes of life Indeed, Rudofsky sees the philosophy and practical knowledge of the untutored builders as untapped sources of inspiration for industrial man trapped in his chaotic cities.
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Bernard Rudofsky’s picture book, Architecture Without Architects, is a delight to page through. It consists mainly of pictures with brief commentary showing what people who have no university training in the design of buildings actually build. The illustrations are intended to illustrate more than just the buildings themselves. They also illustrate the ideas Rudofsky expresses in words in his preface to the collection of pictures.In the preface, Rudofsky (himself a trained architect) justifiab [...]
Architecture without architects although clocking in at only 150 pages in length is a fountain of ideas mixed with a wealth of knowledge. I like to leaf through this book every once in a while especially when I need some inspiration - it never ceases to amaze me that regardless of how many times you may have gone through it, there is always a detail, an element or a whole page that will stand out as fresh and inspiring.The book is organized as a series of vernacular entities each beautifully ill [...]
Anyway, so my architectural history/theory lecturer decided to give a talk based entirely on this book so I thought 'hey, this must be pretty famous/not fun to read/academically sound/pretentious/good for reference. Got it from the library and it's pretty much picture books for grown up architects. There's an ample amount of indigenous architecture but Rudofsky only barely touches each case. Short read and full of useful research ideas.
Great Catalogues--But Bigger Type PleaseArchitecture without Architects by Bernard Rudofsky is sitting right beside me at the moment, ready for my next foray into the fascinating world of buildings made without formal plans usually by the people who will live or work in them.Orginally the catlogue for an exhibition mounted in 1964, the book was republished in 1987, and still is worth tracking down. I found it particularly interesting reading after spending some time reflecting on that architect- [...]
Rudofsky's short study is a great introduction to vernacular architecture and its many merits which have been overlooked for centuries by the western world as primitive and ugly. I am interested in finding any landscape traditions which incorporate the many beautiful and useful elements of colloquial architecture.Notes:Vernacular or "primitive" architecture is more closely related to landscaping, as it is never abstracted from the specific site and the social and environmental ramifications of i [...]
I've been meaning to read this since my professor mentioned something in it my second semester in architecture school. I picked up a used copy a year or so later but just read it today an hour. I guess I could have gotten to it earlier.Anyway, the writing is quite directly and appropriately outdated, as it turns out is my copy, which must have come from someone's basement because I had to hold it away from me while reading. I liked the reviewer who called it bombastic, but they are really just c [...]
Searched vernacular architecture, thinking I'd find roadside america and instead found Rudofsky's review of homes, communities and civic buildings. Frequently incorporating natural structures like caves, rocks or trees, these buildings - in Greece, Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Asia and South America - are both lovely and often primitive. I wonder how many are destroyed with progress towards more efficient building materials or new communities? Several chapters reference recent and an [...]
dari antara semua bangunan yang dibuat manusia di muka bumi ini, hanya sedkit sekali yang melibatkan arsitekbagian sangat besar dibangun oleh masyarakat sendiri.buku yang dihiasi oleh foto-foto bagus ini menyadarkan kita akan arsitektur yang dibangun oleh manusia dengan menggunakan bahan dan ketrampilan setempatatu ekspresi visual yang jujur dan benar. karena sudah teruji dari jaman ke jaman. dan anonim, tidak bisa disebut orang perorang siapa yang sudah merencanakannya secara cerdas itungan beg [...]
I read this long, long ago--- practically wore out the university library copy. It's a brilliant book, a key work for anyone interested in what design really means, and in adapting structure to environment. This is one of those books you want to pass on, to make sure that others read. So--- read it, look around at small-scale and supposedly sustainable designs worldwide, then read it again.
Architecture that takes advantage of its landscape inspires an unparalleled imagination and creativity. Varied architecture supplies a person with awe and stimulation in one's immediate surroundings and larger environment. This book highlighted architecture around the world and undoubtedly-with its photography and background-will inspire its readers to consider building unique, functional structures.
As an exhibition catalogue, if you enjoyed his explorations/interpretations of "non-pedigreed" buildings and settlements, you have to read his subsequent Prodigious Builders. The latter is a much more comprehensive study of the examples that made up his MoMA show (plus more). Then, if you enjoy his common sense yet slightly off-kilter approach to all of this, you must move on to his other books about domesticity and fashion. Sort of logical, sort of bizarre!
hehe fun to read just for the mid-century bombastic writing style! The pictures are a little muddy (old black and white shots, some even older). but a fun book to pick up. Not necessarily worth much more than a few bucks, but if you can get it cheap, might as well.
compilation of common architecture that creating in nature
Too much money, for too little in terms of menaingfu content.
Great concept for a book. but mostly just photos. No deep history, anthropology, or real insight.
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