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Round Buildings, Square Buildings and Buildings that Wiggle like a Fish.

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ROUND BUILDINGS, SQUARE BUILDINGS & BUILDINGS THAT WIGGLE LIKE A FISH When we look at a building, what do we see? A remarkable new book, Round Buildings, Square Buildings, & Buildings That Wiggle Like a Fish answers this deceptively simple question in dozens of illuminating ways. Compelling and accessible for readers ages 10 and up, nearly 100 sumptuous color photographs and a spare yet eloquently written text create an exciting introduction to architecture.

Author/photographer Philip Isaacson takes readers on an extraordinary tour of structures the world over, from the Duomo in Italy, to the Citicorp Center in Manhattan, to the adobe churches in New Mexico. Along the way, he discusses the elements that give all buildings their distinctive flavor and character, including materials, form, color and ornamentation as well as their placement in the landscape and the way that light affects them.

In contrasting the look and feel of these and other buildings, Isaacson imparts a new understanding to the nature of architectural harmony and beauty. We learn about the line and shape of buildings, from the sweeping, soaring curves of New York's TWA terminal at John F. Kennedy airport to the austere straight edges of a Vermont town meetinghouse. Round Buildings, Square Buildings also shows us how to see design relationships--such as the interplay between the massive stone columns of the Brooklyn Bridge and its silky webs of cables that work visual magic with a playful game of tag. And we learn to recognize principles of design, such as the combination of columns and a triangular roof that has survived from ancient Greece.

Round Buildings, Square Buildings, & Buildings That Wiggle Like a Fish is filled with information about architectural history--ranging from one of the oldest structures on earth, Stonehenge, to one of the very recent, the Postmodern Arthur M. Sackler Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts, built in 1905. Most importantly, this is a personal book that enlarges the reader's capacity to see everything that a building is and to get pleasure from that viewing. Isaacson's wonderfully composed color photos are the glory of this attractive introduction to architecture, and its elegant design, quality paper and reasonable price are an inspiration to book lovers. Any young person (or adult) who reads it will never look at a building in quite the same way again.
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Author:Cottingham, Ken
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Mar 1, 1989
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