13 Ways of Looking at Architectural Theory
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The book strongly references and aligns with Robert Harbison's Thirteen Ways: Theoretical Investigations in Architecture. Following Harbison's progression of ideas the topics covered in the book include: sculpture; machines; the body; landscape; models; ideas; politics; the sacred; subjectivity, and memory. Rather than being text-heavy and seeing students as passive readers, 13 Ways of Looking at Architecture includes several features that allow students to relate to the concepts, to visualize, and to participate. In each chapter students will find:
- Example sketches from the author and previous students
- Invitations for students to draw and write their own ideas
- Prose sections demonstrating architecture's link with poetry by connecting topics in the book to Wallace Steven's poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird"
- Over 100 original poems, which are used as lesson examples
Class-tested over a period of several years, 13 Ways of Looking at Architectural Theory is ideal for beginning architecture students. It also serves as a visual and literary resource for student and academic audiences and others interested in architectural theory.