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BOOK OF THE MONTH
THE PLAGUE UPON US
Shabir Ahmad Mir
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Adventures In Architecture
Dan Cruickshank

Classification : Travel & Adventure
Pub Date : Jan 01, 2007
Imprint : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Page Extent : 288
Binding : HB
ISBN : 9780297844440
Price : 1,325

About the book
Dan takes us to the buildings he believes have changed the world, revealing how in truly great buildings function, material and purpose connect to all other parts of life - showing how architecture is the richest and most compelx of man's artistic endeavours. Do his chosen buildings live up to expectation, or does he find disappointment and lost ideals?

Architecture is an art, a science and a craft. But buildings also have to fulfil a function, cater for human use, withstand the forces of nature, and be built to a budget. Dan considers all these aspects as he looks at places, some well known, many less so, as varied as the Catherine Palace in St Petersburg, the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan, the Hanging Temple in Shanxi in China, Astana in Kazakhstan, Brasilia, Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, the Lupanare Brothels in Pompeii, and the building of an igloo, man's earliest exercise in the creation of shelter, in Greenland.
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'plenty of wonders to behold'
'endearing... enthusiastic'
"courageously puts himself in harm's way as he explores the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan."
'sumptuous'
"Watch and drool"
"loveable presenter... Full of wonders beautiful to behold... a visual treat... This architectural odyssey is a pleasure to watch... so watchable."
'A lovely new series... something special...delightful... quite an itinerary, but the effect is unhurried - and very beautiful.'
"I think he might be a god, and if not then he's definitely part wizard."
     
Dan Cruickshank
Dan Cruickshank is a regular presenter on the BBC best known for his popular BBC2 series which include MARVELS OF THE MODERN AGE and THE LOST WORLD OF FRIESE-GREEENE. He is one of Britain's leading ar...(+)
Books by Dan Cruickshank
Adventures In Architecture (PB)
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Brunel (HB)