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Uncommon structures, unconventional builders
Van Dine, Alan.
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Publication Information:
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2001.
Physical Description:
206 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm
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TH148 .V26 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TH148 .V26 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
TH148 .V26 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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They are the most remarkable constructions in human history--from the Tower of Babel to China's Great Wall to Machu Picchu--but how and why did they come to be? Here are the answers, entertainingly explained.

UNCOMMON STRUCTURES contains the most amazing, mind-boggling constructions in history. This big, beautiful book features seventeen lively and detailed chronicles of our most ambitious and legendary building projects--the visions and ambition with which they were launched, and the many twists and turns they took as they came into being. Wide-ranging in scope, encompassing a myriad of cultures, time periods and building materials, this lush volume will fascinate general readers, but is substantive enough to hold the interest of architects and designers. Each section is enhanced by a full range of illustrations: color and black-and-white photography, historic drawings and plans, fine art, line art,--the gamut. These are stories of human (and in one case, animal) ingenuity and vision that have inspired and enlighten men and women through the ages.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 9
Sir Christopher Wrenp. 12
Clever men
Like Christopher Wren
Only occur just now and then
Ireland's Curious Towersp. 26
After a thousand years no one could remember how they got there
E-Temen-Ankip. 36
The Tower of Babel
Designs For The Haunted Housep. 46
When the architects are ghosts the house is of course a nightmare
Machu Picchup. 58
Lost city of the Incas
The Cuckoo Construction Companyp. 70
How to design a home when the most important thing you'll ever own is an egg
Petrap. 78
Match me such marvel, save in Eastern clime, A rose-red city, half as old as time
High Gothicp. 90
On Ascension Thursday the church fell down
The Great Wall Of Chinap. 100
The raising of the wall
Igloosp. 110
How to build a northern hemisphere
Heorotp. 120
Beowulf at home
The Trouble With Cabins And Cottagesp. 132
Early American alternatives to the log cabin and the White House
The First Housesp. 144
Neolithic notes on urban planning
Fouquet's Follyp. 156
Certain pitfalls to avoid in building a fifteen-million-dollar house
Shakespeare's Playhousep. 166
Confusion around the Globe
Jerichop. 176
Why did the walls come tumbling down?
The Fallen Idolp. 188
Monumental sculptures of Rhodes
Indexp. 199
Picture Creditsp. 205