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Title:
The monumental impulse : architecture's biological roots
Author:
Hersey, George L.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xx, 244 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780262082747
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Book

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Summary

Art historian George Hersey investigates the many ties between the biological sciences and the building arts.


Author Notes

George Hersey is Emeritus Professor of Art History at Yale University. He is the author of numerous books, including The Evolution of Allure: Sexual Selection from the Medici Venus to the Incredible Hulk (MIT Press, 1996) and The Lost Meaning of Classical Architecture: Speculations on Ornament from Vitruvius to Venturi (MIT Press, 1988).


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Architecture and Biologyp. xii
The Monumental Impulse: A Genetic Homology?p. xvii
Buildings as Extended Phenotypesp. xix
1 Molecules, Viruses, and Cellsp. 1
Prebiotic Moleculesp. 2
DNA and Other Spiral Communicatorsp. 5
Crystalsp. 11
Virusesp. 15
Cellsp. 17
Single-Celled Organismsp. 21
2 Leaves and Flowersp. 25
Phyllotaxisp. 26
Ruskin, Riegl, Baltrusaitis, and Mendellp. 29
Spiral Symmetryp. 32
Fibonacci Distributionsp. 35
Trans-specific Morphologiesp. 38
3 Shellsp. 41
Mollusca and Spiralsp. 42
Seashells and Stairsp. 48
Malacological Mappingp. 51
Rocaillep. 54
Terebrap. 55
Seashell Monolithsp. 58
4 Insectsp. 61
The Monumental Impulse of the Beesp. 62
The Bee's Body's Bauplanp. 64
Honeycombsp. 65
Honeycomb Cellsp. 69
Beehivesp. 70
Ants' Pyramidsp. 72
Termites' Villes Radieusesp. 74
5 Birdsp. 79
Dinosaurs and Bridgesp. 80
Weaverbirdsp. 82
Bowerbirdsp. 84
Ornamented Bodiesp. 88
Flight and Feedingp. 90
Northwest Coast Bird-Architecturep. 92
6 Mammals: Territory and Reproductive Rightsp. 97
Primate Territoriesp. 98
Human Territoriesp. 100
Territorial Symbolism in Architecturep. 103
Territorial Colossip. 104
Territories of Human Shapep. 108
Procreating Colossip. 111
7 Penis Paradigmsp. 115
The Penis as an Architectural Attractorp. 116
Sperm Competitionp. 118
Homunculip. 120
Obelisksp. 123
The Penis as a Towerp. 128
8 The Female Genital Palacep. 137
The Reproductive Tractp. 138
More Sperm Competitionp. 143
Anatomies and Their Namesp. 144
Vaginal Fountains and Fetal Skyscrapersp. 145
Samarasap. 147
Eggs, Fruit, Nuts, Breasts, and Domesp. 149
9 The Biology of Architectural Reproductionp. 157
Mendelian Geneticsp. 158
Architectural DNA and the Chaos Gamep. 162
The Poggioreale Principlep. 164
Fractal Reproductionp. 167
Cladistics: Thoughts on Architectural Heritabilityp. 172
10 Where to Now?p. 179
Notesp. 185
Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 233

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