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Towers : a historical survey
Heinle, Erwin.
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Türme aller Zeiten, aller Kulturen. English
Publication Information:
New York : Rizzoli, 1989.
Physical Description:
343 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
General Note:
Translation of: Türme aller Zeiten, aller Kulturen.

Ill. on lining papers.

Includes indexes.
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NA2930 .H4513 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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For five millennia the tower building has been a symbol of human aspirations, status & power. This book surveys the many structural roles of the tower: as viewing platform, as wind tower & in more conventional expressions as residential or officebuilding, structures both monumental & functional. The book is profusely illustrated in colour & provides a wealth of statistical data. It will be a useful work of reference & inspiration to practising architects & all those involved in the construction of tower buildings.

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Library Journal Review

This German import is flawed by a too-broad scope, awkward text, inevitable omissions, and editorial lapses. It is, however, the only comprehensive survey of these artifacts of ``man's desire to build upward.'' Many structures meet the authors' definition of towers: windmills, pagodas, cooling towers, and towerlike rocks are included as well as the Tower of Babel, Eiffel Tower, and campanile of Pisa. Broad geographical and chronological coverage is the book's strong point. It includes, for example, chapters on Islamic towers and temples in Southern Asia. Topical chapters begin with one-page summaries and contain color photos, drawings, cross-sections, and floor plans, each with an explanatory paragraph. An introduction, a brief survey of the history of tower-building, and a two-page conclusion are the only other text. The coffee-table format will be attractive to the general reader; specialists will be intrigued by the comprehensive treatment.-- Christine Whittington, Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.