Origins of Architectural Pleasure

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9780520215054: Origins of Architectural Pleasure

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"Hildebrand has committed the equivalent of heresy as far as the mandarins of architectural academia are concerned. . . But Hildebrand's book is too good to be ignored or seriously criticized. He not only pursues his premise without insisting on it as the sole means of understanding architecture, but he also provides some of the best analytical descriptions of buildings available."--"Times Literary Supplement

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Do survival instincts have anything to do with our architectural choices - our liking for a certain room, a special stairway, a plaza in a particular city? In this engaging study Grant Hildebrand discusses ways in which architectural forms emulate some archetypal settings that humans have found appealing - and useful to survival - from ancient times to the present. Speculating that nature has 'designed' us to prefer certain conditions and experiences, Hildebrand is interested in how the characteristics of our most satisfying built environments mesh with Darwinian selection. In examining the appeal of such survival-based characteristics he cites architectural examples spanning five continents and five millennia. Among those included are the Palace of Minos, the Alhambra, Wells cathedral, the Shinto shrine at Ise, the Piazza San Marco, Brunelleschi's Pazzi Chapel, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, a Seattle condominium, and recent houses by Eric Owen Moss and Arne Bystrom. Just what characteristics bestow evolutionary benefits? "Refuge and prospect" offer a protective place of concealment close to a foraging and hunting ground. "Enticement" invites the safe exploration of an information-rich setting where worthwhile discoveries await. "Peril" elicits an emotion of pleasurable fear and so tests and increases our competence in the face of danger: thus the attraction of a skyscraper or a house poised over a vertiginous ravine. "Order and complexity" tease our intuitions for sorting complex information into survival-useful categories. Gracefully written, with excellent illustrations that complement the text, "Origins of Architectural Pleasure" will open the reader's eyes to new ways of seeing a home, a workplace, a vacation setting, even a particular table in a restaurant. It also suggests important design considerations for buildings with a more pressing mandate for human appeal, such as hospitals, retirement homes, and hospices.

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Grant Hildebrand
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Descripción University of California Press, United States, 1999. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. 254 x 180 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Do survival instincts have anything to do with our architectural choices - our liking for a certain room, a special stairway, a plaza in a particular city? In this engaging study Grant Hildebrand discusses ways in which architectural forms emulate some archetypal settings that humans have found appealing - and useful to survival - from ancient times to the present. Speculating that nature has designed us to prefer certain conditions and experiences, Hildebrand is interested in how the characteristics of our most satisfying built environments mesh with Darwinian selection. In examining the appeal of such survival-based characteristics he cites architectural examples spanning five continents and five millennia. Among those included are the Palace of Minos, the Alhambra, Wells cathedral, the Shinto shrine at Ise, the Piazza San Marco, Brunelleschi s Pazzi Chapel, Frank Lloyd Wright s Fallingwater, a Seattle condominium, and recent houses by Eric Owen Moss and Arne Bystrom. Just what characteristics bestow evolutionary benefits? Refuge and prospect offer a protective place of concealment close to a foraging and hunting ground. Enticement invites the safe exploration of an information-rich setting where worthwhile discoveries await. Peril elicits an emotion of pleasurable fear and so tests and increases our competence in the face of danger: thus the attraction of a skyscraper or a house poised over a vertiginous ravine. Order and complexity tease our intuitions for sorting complex information into survival-useful categories. Gracefully written, with excellent illustrations that complement the text, Origins of Architectural Pleasure will open the reader s eyes to new ways of seeing a home, a workplace, a vacation setting, even a particular table in a restaurant. It also suggests important design considerations for buildings with a more pressing mandate for human appeal, such as hospitals, retirement homes, and hospices. Nº de ref. de la librería AAH9780520215054

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Descripción University of California Press, United States, 1999. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. 254 x 180 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Do survival instincts have anything to do with our architectural choices - our liking for a certain room, a special stairway, a plaza in a particular city? In this engaging study Grant Hildebrand discusses ways in which architectural forms emulate some archetypal settings that humans have found appealing - and useful to survival - from ancient times to the present. Speculating that nature has designed us to prefer certain conditions and experiences, Hildebrand is interested in how the characteristics of our most satisfying built environments mesh with Darwinian selection. In examining the appeal of such survival-based characteristics he cites architectural examples spanning five continents and five millennia. Among those included are the Palace of Minos, the Alhambra, Wells cathedral, the Shinto shrine at Ise, the Piazza San Marco, Brunelleschi s Pazzi Chapel, Frank Lloyd Wright s Fallingwater, a Seattle condominium, and recent houses by Eric Owen Moss and Arne Bystrom. Just what characteristics bestow evolutionary benefits? Refuge and prospect offer a protective place of concealment close to a foraging and hunting ground. Enticement invites the safe exploration of an information-rich setting where worthwhile discoveries await. Peril elicits an emotion of pleasurable fear and so tests and increases our competence in the face of danger: thus the attraction of a skyscraper or a house poised over a vertiginous ravine. Order and complexity tease our intuitions for sorting complex information into survival-useful categories. Gracefully written, with excellent illustrations that complement the text, Origins of Architectural Pleasure will open the reader s eyes to new ways of seeing a home, a workplace, a vacation setting, even a particular table in a restaurant. It also suggests important design considerations for buildings with a more pressing mandate for human appeal, such as hospitals, retirement homes, and hospices. Nº de ref. de la librería AAH9780520215054

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