By Roger B. Ulrich, Caroline K. Quenemoen

ISBN-10: 1405199644

ISBN-13: 9781405199643

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A significant other to Roman Architecture offers a accomplished evaluation of the severe matters and ways that experience reworked scholarly knowing in contemporary many years in a single easy-to-reference volume.

• bargains a cross-disciplinary method of Roman structure, spanning know-how, historical past, artwork, politics, and archaeology;
• Brings jointly contributions by means of major students in architectural history;
• a vital consultant to fresh scholarship, masking new archaeological discoveries, lesser recognized structures, new applied sciences and area and construction;
• contains wide, updated bibliography and thesaurus of key Roman architectural terms.

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These marginalized spaces are sometimes transgressive, sometimes demonized, generally problematic. Over the past two hundred years bridges have been involved in creating new, often paradoxical, spaces as well as new practices, experiences and imaginings of place. At the most local of levels this has involved the bridge structure itself. Most obvious is the span with its centre – the highest point, the crown of the bridge, the desperate leap, the point of reverie, the place of transformation in myth and folk tales, the site of prayer.

Vectorial politics and technologies of power Bridges have long and widely been used as technologies of power within political, social and cultural landscapes. The contemporary bridge construction programme being undertaken by the Beijing government, in its mission to accelerate the incorporation, occu- George Westinghouse Bridge, Spanning Turtle Creek at Lincoln Highway (US Route 30), East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, c. 1968. 51 pation, domination and control of Tibet, has its precedent 250 years ago when the governments of England and lowland Scotland put extensive bridge construction in the vanguard of their intent similarly to control the Scottish Highlands, its culture and its people, at best to harness its productive potential, or at worst to neutralize them as a threat.

Bridges, perhaps more than any other single structure, radically alter the face of a landscape. A massive redistribution of imaginative and social space can result from the construction of a major bridge. This was part of their attraction to early visionary designers. Offices, factories, homes, shops, roads and parks spring up and gather in relationship to a new bridge. There is a shift in the centre of gravity of a landscape, sometimes on a vast scale. Brooklyn Bridge, for example, was conceived as being at the centre of a shift of civilization itself, away from Europe and towards America.

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