Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture
Edited by Dan Cruickshank, Sir Banister Fletcher, Andrew Saint, Kenneth Frampton, Peter Blundell Jones
Routledge – 1996 – 1,794 pages
The 20th edition of Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture is the first major work of history to include an overview of the architectural achievements of the 20th Century. Banister Fletcher has been the standard one volume architectural history for over 100 years and continues to give a concise and factual account of world architecture from the earliest times.
In this twentieth and centenary edition, edited by Dan Cruickshank with three consultant editors and fourteen new contributors, chapters have been recast and expanded and a third of the text is new.
* There are new chapters on the twentieth-century architecture of the Middle East (including Israel), South-east Asia, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea, the Indian subcontinent, Russia and the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and Latin America. * The chapter on traditional architecture of India has been rewritten and the section on traditional Chinese architecture has been expanded, both with new specially commissioned drawings
* The architecture of the Americas before 1900 has been enlarged to include, for the first time, detailed coverage of Latin America and the Caribbean
* The book's scope has been widened to include more architecture from outside Europe
* The bibliography has been expanded into a separate section and is a key source of information on every period of world architecture
* The coverage of the 20th century architecture of North America has been divided into two chapters to allow fuller coverage of contemporary works
* 20th century architecture of Western Europe has been radically recast
* For the first time the architecture of the twentieth century is considered as a whole and assessed in an historical perspective
* Coverage has been extended to include buildings completed during the last ten years
* The coverage of Islamic architecture has been increased and re-organised to form a self contained section
This unique reference book places buildings in their social, cultural and historical settings to describe the main patterns of architectural development, from Prehistoric to the International Style. Again in the words of Sir Banister Fletcher, this book shows that 'Architecture … provides a key to the habits, thoughts and aspirations of the people, and without a knowledge of this art the history of any period lacks that human interest with which it should be invested.'
'..the whole point of Banister Fletcher is that it does cram everything into
a single volume. It will remain one of the most thumbed tomes in Building
Design's office library..above all, gloriously and frustratingly, invaluable.'
Building Design, October 1996
'..clearly a bargain.'
The Architect's Journal, October 1996
'…a revolution has taken place in Banister Fletcher. The timid
modernizing, the anxious realignments of the past fifty years are over;
under Dan Cruickshank's editorship, it has achieved a thoroughness and
flexibility one would never have thought possible within the grandiose
shell of this late Victorian institution. Half the pleasure, as half the volume, of Banister Fletcher is its pictures. The thousands of photographs are, as always in Banister Fletcher, unimprovably fine.'
The Times Educational Supplement, November 1996
is 'a monument in itself'
Book Reviews on the Internet 1996
"A thundering classic appears again with useful additions. As Sir Banister Fletcher said, 'The study of architecture opens up the enjoyment of buildings with an appreciation of their purpose, meaning, and charm.' These words aptly summarise what this book has become for generations of students and architects. No serious fan of architecture should be without it."
American Institute of Architects.
'It is such a remarkable book, containing so much detail and so skilfully illustrated, that it is a must for all architectural and surveying offices at such a reasonable price.'
ASI Journal, Jan 1997
'An easy-to-use reference book with all the world's major architecture
described, explained and, in many cases, fully illustrated.'
B & M Architecture & Design
'Students would be well advised not to waste money on a pile of discounted colourful coffee-table books, but rather to concentrate resources on this single volume… It will continue its usefulness beyond the years of study and become an additional aid to everyday practice.'
Times Higher Educations Supplement
'…the bible of architectural history… Banister Fletcher remains a potted history with remarkably pithy writing.'
'…succinct characterization of individual architects and a liveliness of both criticism and description'
The Times Educational Supplement
Part 1: Background; Prehistoric; The Architecture of Egypt; The ancient near East; Early Asian culture; Greece and The Hellenistic kingdoms; Part 2: Background; Prehistoric; Rome and the Roman Empire; The Byzantine Empire; Early Russia; Early Medieval and Romanesque; Gothic; Part 3: Background; Seleucid, Parthian, Sasanian, Hellenistic; Umayyad, Abbasid and Spain until the Fall; Timurid, Seljuk and pre-Moghul India; Safavid Persia, the Ottoman Empire and Moghul India; Vernacular Building and the Paradise Garden; Part 4: Background; Africa; The Americas; China; Japan; South Asia; South East Asia; Part 5: Background; Italy; France, Spain and Portugal; Austria, Germany and Central Europe; The Low Countries and Britain; Russia and Scandinavia; Post Renaissance Europe; Part 6: Background; Africa; The Americas; China; Japan; South East Asia; Indian Subcontinent; Australasia; Part 7: Background; Western Europe 1900-45; Western Europe 1945-95; Eastern Europe; Russia; Middle East; Africa; N America 1900-50; North America 1950-95; Central and S America; China; Japan; S E Asia; Hong Kong and Macau; Indian Subcontinent; Oceania.