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The secret lives of buildings : from the ruins of the Parthenon to the Vegas Strip in thirteen stories /

A highly original history of Western architecture and the cultural transformations that it represents. Little else made by human hands seems as stable as a building--yet the life of any structure is neither fixed nor timeless. Outliving their original contexts and purposes, buildings are forced... Full description

Main Author: Hollis, Edward.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2009
Edition: 1st ed.
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Contents: Introduction: the architect's dream -- The Parthenon, Athens: in which a virgin is ruined -- The Basilica of San Marco, Venice: in which a prince steals four horses and an empire -- Ayasofya, Istanbul: in which a sultan casts a spell and moves the center of the world -- The Santa Casa of Loreto: the wondrous flitting of the Holy House -- Gloucester Cathedral: in which a dead body brings a building to life -- The Alhambra, Granada: in which two cousins marry each other -- The Tempio Malatestiano, Rimini: in which a scholar translates a temple -- Sans Souci, Potsdam : in which nothing happens at all -- Notre Dame de Paris: in which the temple of reason is restored -- The Hulme Crescents, Manchester: in which the prophecies of the future are fulfilled -- The Berlin Wall: in which history comes to an end --The Venetian, Las Vegas: in which history is so, like, over -- The Western Wall, Jerusalem: in which nothing, and everything, has changed.
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