All posts tagged: Mark Jarzombek

Architecture of First Societies

Architecture of First Societies does more than just present the architecture of first societies. The author includes information on the environment, society and cultures that influenced the resulting architecture of those first societies. In addition to being useful for presenting the motivation of these examples of early architecture, the presentation, which includes, way of life, frequently depicted with color photographs of people who carry on some of these ways of life today, color photographs of modern day versions of the architecture, color photographs of archeological diggings of historic architecture and, finally, color photographs of the environment that the various peoples lived in with notes on climate changes that have occurred since then. Finally, the presentation includes architectural drawings, especially overhead drawings of the layout of whole villages and houses. For me, this had the effect of placing me in the context of what the author was describing. The only drawback was that, due to a large amount of extra material, there were not as many architectural drawings as I might have liked. For example, it …

A Global History of Architecture by Francis D. K. Ching, Mark M. Jarzombek, Vikramaditya Prakash

The first textbook on the history of architecture to expand beyond architecture of the western world, A Global History of Architecture transcends older models of architectural history that had been organized around national or regional units. Instead of focusing on Egypt, Greece, Rome in that order, the book asks, for example, what was happening globally around the year 1000 AD and engages in a discussion of the connections, exchanges, contrasts, and influences in the architecture and cultures of that time across the globe. Its organizing principle is a continuous timeline that runs from the pre-history to the present.  Written by a glamorous team of architectural educators, this richly illustrated reference features the unique drawings of Francis D.K. Ching as well as detailed photographs.  This book is sure to change how architectural history is studied and appreciated. More details are to be found here: Photo Courtesy: Wiley