Architectonic Space: Fifteen Lessons on the Disposition of the Human Habitat

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BRILL, 1983 - Architecture - 204 pages
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Architectonic Space is the most complete and coherent treatise on the nature, purpose and meaning of architecture that has so far been attempted. It is the product of its author's lifetime pursuit of an idea that has haunted him from childhood: a search for the archetypal basis of the act of building.Seeing architecture not merely as the expression, but as the precondition of human culture, Hans van der Laan believes that its principles must be sought within architecture itself, rather than in technological, social or ideological factors. His buildings and writings stand out like tablets of stone amid the prevailing uncertainty and opportunism. The style and method of his book its rational building up of an argument founded on simple everyday experience remind one forcibly of the early Greek thinkers, just as Van der Laan's architecture recalls the houses and cities of the ancient world.
 

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Contents

NATURE AND ARCHITECTURE
1
SPACE FORM AND SIZE
11
INSIDE AND OUTSIDE
20
SOLIDANDVOID
32
LINE PLANE AND VOLUME
45
THREEFOLD FUNCTION
60
GROUNDRATIO
70
MEASURESYSTEMS
84
SYMMETRY
99
EURHYTHMY
114
DISPOSITION OF THE WALL
133
DISPOSITION OF THE HOUSE
145
DISPOSITION OF THE TOWN
160
THREEFOLD EXPRESSION
173
EXAMPLE
185
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