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Lithuanian Architecture and Urbanism

This volume brings together essays focused on Lithuania’s architectural and urban legacy, as well as recent developments since 1990, when the country said a firm farewell to the era of dependence and the Soviet communist regime. Nevertheless, as the book argues, the legacy of the past still dominates due to an uncritical adoption o...

The Poetics of the Homeric Citadel

The Poetics of the Homeric Citadel is an enquiry on the origins of the architectural forms as expressed in Mycenaean architecture. The Homeric Citadel is woven within concrete landscape formations and realizes the concept of the all-embracing space, which, in religious philosophy, represents God’s image in man. It is both a cosmogo...

Sound Worlds from the Body to the City

This volume reveals the extent to which aural perception influences our spatial awareness. Spanning various fields and practices, from psychology to geography, and from zoology to urban planning, it covers a range of environments in which sounds contribute to forming our sense of space and place. The contributions gathered here lea...

The Impact of Overbuilding on People and the Planet

This book challenges the status quo where profligate building and urban development is described as ‘green’ and ‘low carbon’, exposing a number of ‘elephants in the big green room’ that severely impact upon society and the environment. It questions the ethics, equity and sustainability of continued growth of the building stock in i...

Precedented Environmental Futures

This book addresses the built environment through the lens of environmental architecture, and in a holistic manner. It moves gradually from psychophysiology and thinking-doing-feeling modalities, through environmental criteria to environmental modulation, concluding with a debate around mitigation and adaptation.Much use is made of...

Art and Architecture of the Synagogue in Byzantine Palaestina

The Byzantine era was a time of the formation of the Abrahamic religions and a battleground for people’s hearts and minds. This book shows that, during the time of the Byzantine Empire, the synagogues in Palaestina developed a visual language adhering to traditional literary sources. Until now, scholars believed that Judaism was ob...

Building a House in Rural Romania before and after 1989

This book offers anthropologists, historians, and sociologists a starting point for research on the diversity that characterizes the Romanian rural architectural landscape in the communist and post-communist eras.It is the first contextual analysis of the legal framework for constructing privately owned houses during the Ceausescu ...

Intelligent Systems in Buildings

Although many researchers believe that intelligent systems (IS) can improve building performance, the potential of such systems has not yet been fully recognized with regards to the traditional courtyard house (TCHT). Such research is important given the role of adding IS to TCHTs; due to the nature of intelligent systems and the p...

The City and the Process of Transition from Early Modern Times to the Present

In 2017, during a conference held at the Historical Institute of the University of Wrocław, Poland, an international group of early career researchers and PhD students had the opportunity to discuss the process of transition in cities from early modern times to the present day. This book, arising from the discussions of that meetin...

Pretty Ugly

People are chemical machines, yet we (and some other animals) develop a sense of beauty. Why and how did it evolve? How is it formed?This book answers these questions from the perspective of scientists with deep knowledge of the arts. It interweaves experimental sciences with the histories of art, architecture, music, dance, speech...
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Mesoamerican Open Spaces and Mural Paintings as Statements of Cultural Identity

The sensitive perception of a society’s artistic expressions facilitates our comprehension of its ethos, enabling the meaningful communication between individuals and communities, which is the fundamental link that connects human beings.This book explores the spirit of the Mesoamerican civilization from pre-history until the 20th c...

A Victorian Architectural Controversy

Who was the bona fide architect of the New Houses of Parliament? Charles Barry (1795-1860), the winner of the Parliamentary competition, or Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52), the ‘ghost’ designer, a young Catholic architect and Gothic specialist?After both men died, the controversy over the actual architect of the Houses of ...
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