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World Architecture

A Cross-Cultural History

Richard Ingersoll and Spiro Kostof

Publication Date - December 2012

ISBN: 9780195139570

992 pages
8-1/2 x 11 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $126.95

Kostof's classic text on the history of architecture, remodeled for today's students


Spiro Kostof's groundbreaking work, A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals, helped to reshape the study of architectural history. His book extended beyond the discussion of great monuments to find connections with ordinary dwellings, urbanism, and different cultures from around the world. World Architecture: A Cross-Cultural History is an entirely new, student-friendly text by Richard Ingersoll. Building on Kostof's global vision and social context, Ingersoll integrates extensive coverage of world and contemporary architecture in order to provide the most comprehensive survey in the field. Presented chronologically, each chapter now focuses on three unique architectural cultures, which gives instructors the flexibility to choose which traditions are the most relevant to their courses. The text also provides students with numerous pedagogical tools, including timelines, comparative maps, a glossary, and text boxes devoted to social factors and specific issues in technology and philosophy. The result is a comprehensive method for understanding and appreciating the history, cultural significance, and beauty of architecture from around the world.

** Stunning full-color visuals: More than 800 color photographs, hundreds of original graphics, architectural drawings, and maps, and meticulous diagrams demonstrate how classic buildings were created

** Helpful learning and study tools: New timelines, chapter introductions, text boxes with fascinating case studies, bibliographies, review questions, and a glossary help students identify key information and better prepare them for exams and class assignments

** Free Instructor's Resource CD: PowerPoints and 80% of the 1200 photos and architectural drawings from the text

** Free companion website resources (www.oup.com/us/ingersoll): Chapter summaries, review questions, self-exams, and Google Earth maps with the location of key structures further enhance the text

About the Author(s)

Richard Ingersoll teaches courses in Renaissance and contemporary art, architecture, and urbanism at Syracuse University in Florence, Italy. He was founding editor of Design Book Review and author of Sprawltown, Looking for the City on Its Edges (2006). Ingersoll received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, under the direction of Spiro Kostof.

Spiro Kostof (1936-1991) was Professor of Architectural History at the University of California at Berkeley, President of the Society for Architectural Historians, and author of the pioneering work, A History of Architecture, Settings and Rituals. He hosted the 5-part television series "America by Design." He also wrote The City Shaped, Urban Patterns and Meanings Through History (1991), The City Assembled, The Elements of Urban Form Through History (co-authored with Greg Castillo, 1992), and edited The Architect, Chapters in the History of the Profession (1977).


"Ingersoll has taken up the difficult challenge of updating Kostof's landmark text. The resulting text is comprehensive, inclusive, and insightful."--Mark Hinchman, College of Architecture, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

"Ingersoll writes beautifully about the relationship among architecture, city development, and politics, weaving an instructive yet provocative narrative."--Nora Laos, G.D. Hines College of Architecture, University of Houston

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Prehistory
    1.1 Architecture as a Second Nature: Sacred Caves and Primitive Huts
    1.2 Vernacular Architecture: A Language of Mud, Logs, Hides, and Stones
    1.3 Megaliths and Stone Circles: Building as Memory
    Chapter 2. 3000-1500 BCE
    2.1 Cities of Mesopotamia: Mud, Gods, and Urbanism
    2.2 Old Kingdom Egypt: Architecture for the Afterlife
    2.3 The Indus Valley: Cities without Monuments
    Chapter 3. 1500-700 BCE
    3.1 The Aegean in the Bronze Age: Labyrinths and Cyclopean Walls
    3.2 New Kingdom Egypt: Axial Temples and Colossal Statues
    3.3 Biblical Jerusalem: Architecture and Memory
    Chapter 4. 700-200 BCE
    4.1 Southwest Asia and Achaemenid Persia: A Cycle of Empires
    4.2 The Greek City-State: Classical Architecture at the Acropolis and the Agora
    4.3 Mauryan India: Emblems of Peace in Stone
    Chapter 5. 200 BCE-300 CE
    5.1 Ancient Rome: Governing through Architecture
    5.2 Ancient China: The Pivot of the Cosmos in Mud and Wood
    5.3 Ancient Mexico: Pyramids and Sacrifice
    Chapter 6. 300-600
    6.1 Early Christian Italy: The Inward Orientation of the Church
    6.2 Byzantium: The Dome as an Act of Faith
    6.3 Gupta India: Rock-Cut Architecture and the Art of Subtraction
    Chapter 7. 600-800
    7.1 The Spread of Islam: Hypostyle Mosques and Soaring Minarets
    7.2 Tang China and East Asia: Gridded Capitals and Lofty Pagodas
    7.3 The Maya of Central America: Reproducing the Mountain of Creation
    Chapter 8. 800-1200
    8.1 Southeast Asia and Southern India: Lived-in Models of Cosmic Order
    8.2 Islamic Spain and Morocco: Interlacing Forms in al-Andalus and the Maghreb
    8.3 Western Europe after the Roman Empire: Monks, Knights, and Pilgrims
    Chapter 9. 1200-1350
    9.1 The Mercantile Mediterranean: New Facades for Old Cities
    9.2 Gothic Europe: The Fabric of the Great Cathedrals
    9.3 Sub-Saharan Africa: Living Architecture
    Chapter 10. 1350-1500
    10.1 Humanist Italy: Public Spaces and Private Palaces of the Renaissance
    10.2 Eastern Europe: From the Spirit of Wood to the Conventions of Masonry
    10.3 Pre-Contact America: Empires of the Sun
    Chapter 11. 1500-1600
    11.1 China after 1000: The Mandate of Heaven Made to Last
    11.2 The Ottoman Empire: A Culture of Local Symmetries
    11.3 Papal Rome: The Fountainhead of Renaissance Classicism
    Chapter 12. 1600-1700
    12.1 Islamic Realms in Central Asia: The Dome of Power, the Garden of Paradise
    12.2 Catholic Europe: The Settings of Absolutism
    12.3 Edo Japan: Isolation from the World, Integration with Nature
    Chapter 13. 1700-1750
    13.1 Protestant Europe: An Architecture of Essentials
    13.2 The Diffusion of the Baroque: Life as Theater
    13.3 The American Colonies: Domination and Liberty on the Grid
    Chapter 14. 1750-1800
    14.1 The Picturesque: Landscapes of the Informal, the Exotic, and the Sublime
    14.2 Enlightenment Europe: Theory, Revolution, and Architecture
    14.3 Industry and Punishment: Factories and Warehouses, Prisons and Workhouses
    Chapter 15. 1800-1850
    15.1 After the Revolution: The Ideological Uses of Neoclassicism
    15.2 The Gothic Revival: Antimodern and Proto-Nationalist
    15.3 The New Iron Age: The Spread of Metal and Glass Technologies
    Chapter 16. 1850-1890
    16.1 The Rise of the Metropolis: Urbanism and the New Scale of Architecture
    16.2 Lifestyles and House Form: Apartments, Row Houses, Bungalows, and Utopias
    16.3 The Beaux-Arts: Eclecticism and Professionalism
    Chapter 17. 1890-1920
    17.1 Arts and Crafts: Design and the Dignity of Labor
    17.2 The Twilight of Western Imperialism: Monuments to the White Man's Burden
    17.3 Art Nouveau and the Search for Modern Form: Architecture without Precedents
    Chapter 18. 1920-1940
    18.1 American Skyscrapers and Automobiles: Mass Production Meets Individualism
    18.2 European Modernisms: A Dialogue between Form and Function
    18.3 Totalitarian Settings in Modern Europe: Architecture as Propaganda
    Chapter 19. 1940-1970
    19.1 The International Style and the Advent of the Welfare State
    19.2 The Birth of the Third World: Experiments in Postcolonial Urbanism
    19.3 The Expressionist Resurgence: Hybrids amid Mass Culture
    Chapter 20. After 1970
    20.1 Postmodern Movements: Populism, Radicalism, and Irony
    20.2 Multinational versus Multicultural Practice
    20.3 Toward an Ecological Worldview: Architecture in the Age of Global Warming

Teaching Resources

  • Free Instructor's Resource CD: PowerPoints and 80% of the 1200 photos and architectural drawings from the text
  • Free companion website resources (www.oup.com/us/ingersoll): Chapter summaries, review questions, self-exams, and Google Earth maps with the location of key structures further enhance the text