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By Hazel Conway

A comprehensive creation to structure and architectural background and unparalleled in its procedure, this ebook explores structure as a present perform in terms of background and relating to the broader context of cultures, conservation and the surroundings. This new version brings within the new emphasis on sustainability, urbanism, city regeneration and cultural id, so one can take a holistic method of the topic of architecture. Highly illustrated, this booklet allows the reader to make feel of the event of structure and the equipped atmosphere through knowing extra in regards to the shape, development, that means and heritage of the topic.

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We need to look at the ideas and ideals that inspired Denys Lasdun at the time the building was being designed. We have to look at the brief of the client, at the funding, at the way crucial decisions were taken at various times during the longdrawn-out process of the building’s construction. We have to look at the way the building performs, that is to say how theatregoers, actors and other staff respond to it. We also have to question the almost pathological hatred of concrete* in order to distance ourselves from today’s prejudices and try to reach an understanding of the building that is as objective as possible.

Lewis Mumford in his important book The City in History (London, Secker & Warburg, 1961) argued that cities always reflect the societies that built them. The buildings that dominated a medieval city, the church and the castle, reflected the power structure of society at that time. The major buildings in renaissance and baroque cities similarly reflected the power of church, state and royalty. Today it is commerce and banking which predominate, and the commercial skyscrapers that dominate the skyline of major cities underline this.

The Liberal Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston, argued for a classical* design and rejected the winning designs of a competition held in 1856 that had been inspired by the new Louvre in Paris. The Tories, who held power briefly during 1858 when the commission for the building was still under debate, preferred gothic. The architect George Gilbert Scott*, who had come third in the original competition, promoted high Victorian gothic* through his book, Remarks on Secular and Domestic Architecture, Present and Future, 1857.

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