Architecture Without Architects: A Short Introduction to Non-Pedigreed Architecture

Architecture Without Architects: A Short Introduction to Non-Pedigreed Architecture

In this book, Bernard Rudofsky steps outside the narrowly defined discipline that has governed our sense of architectural history and discusses the art of building as a universal phenomenon. He introduces the reader to communal architecture--architecture produced not by specialists but by the spontaneous and continuing activity of a whole people with a common heritage, acting within a community experience. A prehistoric theater district for a hundred thousand spectators on the American continent and underground towns and villages (complete with schools, offices, and factories) inhabited by millions of people are among the unexpected phenomena he brings to light.

The beauty of "primitive" architecture has often been dismissed as accidental, but today we recognize in it an art form that has resulted from human intelligence applied to uniquely human modes of life. Indeed, Rudofsky sees the philosophy and practical knowledge of the untutored builders as untapped sources of inspiration for industrial man trapped in his chaotic cities.

Title:Architecture Without Architects: A Short Introduction to Non-Pedigreed Architecture
ISBN:9780826310040
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  • Apio

    Bernard Rudofsky’s picture book, Architecture Without Architects, is a delight to page through. It consists mainly of pictures with brief commentary showing what people who have no university traini...

  • Joni Baboci

    Architecture without architects although clocking in at only 150 pages in length is a fountain of ideas mixed with a wealth of knowledge. I like to leaf through this book every once in a while especia...

  • Mon

    Anyway, so my architectural history/theory lecturer decided to give a talk based entirely on this book so I thought 'hey, this must be pretty famous/not fun to read/academically sound/pretentious/good...

  • Paul

    "It is a curious comment on our architecture, not to say civilization, that grown-up people have been known to be in raptures over the esthetic adventures afforded by a 'split level' house. Which sugg...

  • Samuel Oktavianus

    Architecture Without Architects is an architecture book written by Bernard Rudofsky. The book is entirely based on his MoMa exhibition in 1965 with the same name. The exhibition only shows photographs...

  • Margery Osborne

    eye opening (lol). really though was great and a perspective on architecture i hadnt heard before or not since i read...damn i cannot remember the name or author of that book. it was a collection by a...

  • Nick Chantarasak

    Love this book. One I start flicking through and always end up going from start to end. ...

  • Mary Soderstrom

    Great Catalogues--But Bigger Type PleaseArchitecture without Architects by Bernard Rudofsky is sitting right beside me at the moment, ready for my next foray into the fascinating world of buildings m...

  • Michael

    Rudofsky's short study is a great introduction to vernacular architecture and its many merits which have been overlooked for centuries by the western world as primitive and ugly. I am interested in fi...

  • Ariel

    I've been meaning to read this since my professor mentioned something in it my second semester in architecture school. I picked up a used copy a year or so later but just read it today...in an hour. I...