The Aesthetics of Architecture by Roger Scruton

The Aesthetics of Architecture Paperback Apr 21 2013

By Roger Scruton
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Architecture is distinguished from other art forms by its sense of function, its localized quality, its technique, its public and nonpersonal character, and its continuity with the decorative arts. In this important book, Roger Scruton calls for a return to first principles in contemporary architectural theory, contending that the aesthetic of architecture is, in its very essence, an aesthetic of everyday life. Aesthetic understanding is inseparable from a sense of detail and style, from which the appropriate, the expressive, the beautiful, and the proportionate take their meaning. Scruton provides incisive critiques of the romantic, functionalist, and rationalist theories of design, and of the Freudian, Marxist, and semiological approaches to aesthetic value. In a new introduction, Scruton discusses how his ideas have developed since the book's original publication thirty years ago, and he assesses the continuing relevance of his argument for the twenty-first century.

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Format
Paperback
Publisher
Princeton University Press
Publication date
Apr 21 2013
Language
English
Pages
320
ISBN-13
9780691158334
ISBN-10
0691158339
Weight
454g
Dimensions
152.0mm x 235.0mm