John Summerson
The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2006; originally published 1963, English
Nonfiction, Architecture
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Barry Bergdoll

A fantastic, quick entry into the meaning of the classical syntax of architecture that provides a lively understanding with no dogmatic belief in its eternal validity. These were original radio talks and they evoke a culture that believed at one point that architectural appreciation was vital for any citizen. This is something today that exists in very few places: in Mexico City, in Paris, and until recently in Caracas, where the much-missed William Nino had a lively debate weekly about architecture. Would that we could revive this culture in our cities.

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