Calvin Tsao

Architect / United States / Tsao & McKown

Calvin Tsao’s Book List

3 books
Erwin Panofsky

Panofsky gives a definitive and indispensable explanation of the phenomenology of iconography.

Roland Barthes

Barthes examines the inherent dangers to society of contemporary mythologizing wherein the values of a dominant majority are (invisibly) foisted on the rest. His later book The Fashion System further examines this silent tyranny.

E. H. (Ernst) Gombrich

Gombrich believed (as do I) that in our search for meaning humans find satisfaction in discovering predictable patterns, and in communicating them through decoration. This book is both an encyclopedic review of pattern making through history and a serious attempt to reveal the underlying universal truths found in patterns.

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