Colin Rowe
The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2009, 1976, English
Nonfiction, Architecture
ISBN: 9780262180771

From the Publisher. This collection of an important architectural theorist's essays considers and compares designs by Palladio and Le Corbusier, discusses mannerism and modern architecture, architectural vocabulary in the 19th century, the architecture of Chicago, neoclassicism and modern architecture, and the architecture of utopia.

On 6 book lists
Greg Lynn

Coincidental follow-up to Jacques Derrida’s reconfiguration of Edmund Husserl that I happened upon while working for Peter Eisenman and read out of curiosity and guilt as it seemed biblical by reputation around the office. Once read, it took on biblical status for me as well.  Along with Derrida’s Edmund Husserl's “Origin of Geometry”: An Introduction, this book helped me to avoid the intellectual morass of Heideggerianism that was running rampant around the East Coast and Continental Europe in the late 1980s. 

Michael Manfredi

I studied with Colin Rowe and always suggest that my students read this book. Together, these trans-historical essays constitute a radical argument: that we consider history imaginatively as something alive and present. I can’t think of a more eloquent reminder that architecture is first and foremost about an intellectual and cultural history.

Jorge Silvetti

The two original early articles in this book are the texts from which I Iearned how to read buildings.

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