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The Old Way of Seeing: How Architecture Lost discount discount Its Magic (and How to Get It Back) outlet sale

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Demonstrating the ideas that make great architecture possible, an architectural critic charts the course of the art, showing how architects lost their sure course around 1830 and explaining how to recapture the basics that can improve our visual environment

From Publishers Weekly

In a compelling manifesto that addresses the puzzlement of why new buildings are so often ugly compared to those of earlier eras, Hale, a Boston architect and critic, argues that until around 1830 virtually every building was designed as a composition of interrelated elements in accordance with an age-old tradition of harmony, geometry and adaptation of natural forms. Beginning with the Greek Revival, he contends, this intuitive way of seeing and designing was lost, leading ultimately to the pretension, blandness and downright unattractiveness of most modern architecture. While praising the Bauhaus as a valiant attempt to reintegrate time-honored aesthetic values into the industrialized world, Hale deems the modernist International Style a failure. He proposes Frank Lloyd Wright''s organic style as a touchstone for architects seeking to create buildings that are alive and resonant with meaning. This impassioned essay, interspersed with social history, includes scores of photographs of buildings, some of which are overlaid with what Hale calls a pattern of "regulating lines" that fit the elements of the design into a proportional system. As he shows, "Whether the designer knew he was creating the pattern is less important than that the pattern is there." Illustrations.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Intended for the lay reader, this primer on design explores a number of interesting byways, from symbolism to scale, context, regulating lines, and pattern languages. Practiced New England architect and architectural writer Hale offers a paean to the past, more specifically a preindustrial past when, in his words, "one could walk down any street and be surrounded by harmonious buildings." It all began to fall apart in the 1830s, according to Hale, when the Greek Revival replaced substance with symbol. Hale revolts at the prospect of a rampant industrialism and everything else Modern Architecture implied: internationalism, uniformity, and universalism. Gentle, wise, and perceptive, he is a child of postmodernism. Recommended for public libraries.
Peter Kaufman, Boston Architectural Ctr.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

An architect and critic elaborates on what most of us see when we look at much of modern architecture: buildings that are lifeless and just plain ugly. Hale laments the current state of architecture and the loss of ``harmonious design,'''' an art that involves play and intuition. ``A great building can give us the same exhilaration we experience in a natural landscape,'''' he writes. He urges architects and designers to rediscover the beauties of natural law and geometry, to abandon the fragmentation he sees as characteristic of postmodern architecture. He offers a historical summary of how building strayed, in the middle of the 19th century coincident with the Industrial Revolution, from the intuitive verities of harmony and balance, forsaking meaningful patterns for crude symbolism or somber functionality. Photos. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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D McCartney
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The "Old Way" of seeing is what I''ve been trying to define
Reviewed in the United States on January 16, 2014
"Before the machine age, no one had to make the choice to be conscious of pattern, to be aesthetic." "A new building will not fill a gap if it does not come alive,..." This book explores, defines, illustrates where we''ve gone wrong, and occasionally where we''ve succeeded,... See more
"Before the machine age, no one had to make the choice to be conscious of pattern, to be aesthetic." "A new building will not fill a gap if it does not come alive,..." This book explores, defines, illustrates where we''ve gone wrong, and occasionally where we''ve succeeded, since the early 1800''s when it was a common skill subconsciously invoked to build with the patterns that bring a structure to life, make it beautiful, and pleasant to live in. It also provides a concise history of Architecture since 1800 that is in itself valuable to me, and it highlights the winners and losers through the last two centuries in the search to successfully build "places" instead of just sheds with decoration. Hale''s defined and written about what I''ve been trying myself to formulate, and probably any reader of this review also is seeking. The cover says, "... (And how to get it back)" but don''t expect a check list solution that works into a drawing review comment spreadsheet. You''ll have to read it to see what the answer really is, sorry - you''ll like the answer too!
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I''ve bought this book for friends with old houses and they love it.
Reviewed in the United States on July 5, 2017
This is a must-read for anyone truly interested in the restoration of any 19thC building, and particularly anyone interested in not ruining their old house by installing the wrong new windows. I''ve bought this book for friends with old houses and they love it.
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... of the fact that much of contemporary architecture looks like *&*&%#. The book analyzes the reason for the ...
Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2016
There is no other book that I know of that addresses directly the problem of the fact that much of contemporary architecture looks like *&*&%#. The book analyzes the reason for the problem and offers a coherent blueprint for how to bring back the charm of historic... See more
There is no other book that I know of that addresses directly the problem of the fact that much of contemporary architecture looks like *&*&%#. The book analyzes the reason for the problem and offers a coherent blueprint for how to bring back the charm of historic architecture into our modern buildings . I bought this copy as a gift for a woodworker friend as I felt he might find it useful.
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A. Chong
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Wanders from it''s central premise
Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2008
The first several pages of this book were good, and showed comparisons of old and new buildings, and reinforced his premise that missing regulating lines and the lack of attention to the arrangement of elements are responsible for much of the decline in... See more
The first several pages of this book were good, and showed
comparisons of old and new buildings, and reinforced his premise
that missing regulating lines and the lack of attention to the
arrangement of elements are responsible for much of the
decline in architectural quality.

However, much of the rest of the book devolves into a disjointed
grabbag of architectural topics, along with comparisons of how
the human face or maple trees match the golden section with very
little concrete in the way of design guidance or examples.

I''m sure Hale is a good architect, and I would hire him in an instant,
(especially after my architect put windows randomly all over our house
and didn''t understand why I didn''t want 4 styles of windows),
but this book is poorly organized, doesn''t make his point properly,
and wanders far off topic.
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Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2014
It is not often that I am able to connect with other views that match my experience perfectly. "The Old Way of Seeing" explains why much architecture today leaves us cold, disheartened and abandoned.
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Fantastic read!
Reviewed in the United States on July 26, 2017
Fantastic read. 20 years onward it''s still highly relevant.
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Feng Shui explained by an Architect
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2015
Man''s relationship to nature and the structures he builds. Worth reading on many levels.
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Reviewed in Canada on September 16, 2016
I wouldn''t call this book''s author "brilliant", yet he gave me a lot to think about. Some of the laudatory reviews posted here are pretentious: Hale keeps things simple and so should those who review his work.
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