ARCHITECTS AND MAN'S SKYLINE by Gray Johnson Poole

ARCHITECTS AND MAN'S SKYLINE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Pleasant enough if uninspiring biographical highlights of 12 men ""known for their notable contributions to the theory and practice of architecture,"" beginning with Ictinus who designed the Parthenon and moving on to such master builders as Sir Christopher Wren, Washington DC planner Pierre Charles L'Enfant, New York's Stanford White, the incomparable Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, ending with Constantinos Doxiadis, the only living biographee included. Individual achievements and failures are recorded with minimal critical judgment; idiosyncratic traits are indicated but no general architectural personality is advanced -- ""Certain architects have worked willingly within a conventional framework; others, devious and autocratic, have defied authority."" Most of the information here can readily be found in a decent encyclopedia, although Poole -- author of numerous YA titles -- has an edge on readability.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1972
Publisher: Dodd, Mead