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A clearing in the distance : Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the nineteenth century by Witold Rybczynski( Book )

33 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 2,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In a collaboration between writer and subject, the author of Home and City life illuminates Frederick Law Olmsted's role as a major cultural figure and a man at the epicenter of nineteenth-century American history." "We know Olmsted through the physical legacy of his stunning landscapes - among them, New York's Central Park, California's Stanford University campus, Boston's Back Bay Fens, Illinois's Riverside community, Asheville's Biltmore Estate, and Louisville's park system." "Olmsted's contemporaries knew a man of even more diverse talents. Born in 1822, he traveled to China on a merchant ship at the age of twenty-one. He cofounded The Nation magazine and was an early voice against slavery. He wrote books about the South and about his exploration of the Texas frontier. He managed California's largest gold mine and, during the Civil War, served as general secretary to the United States Sanitary Commission, the precursor of the Red Cross."--BOOK JACKET
Home : a short history of an idea by Witold Rybczynski( Book )

49 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in 5 languages and held by 1,931 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An architect discusses the idea of comfort and the Western cultural attitudes that have shaped it since the end of the Middle Ages, reviewing such cultural variables as intimacy and privacy, domesticity, ease, and ideas about light, air, and efficiency as they have changed over time, and making a plea for the primacy of cultural ideals as a basis for creating psychologically comfortable homes
One good turn : a natural history of the screwdriver and the screw by Witold Rybczynski( Book )

31 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 1,372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... a story of mechanical discovery and genius ..."--Jacket
Waiting for the weekend by Witold Rybczynski( Book )

24 editions published between 1991 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 1,344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the origin, history, and meaning of leisure time
City life : urban expectations in a new world by Witold Rybczynski( Book )

30 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In City Life, Witold Rybczynski looks at what we want from cities, how they have evolved, and what accounts for their unique identities. In this vivid description of everything from the early colonial settlements to the advent of the skyscraper to the changes wrought by the automobile, the telephone, the airplane, and telecommuting, Rybczynski reveals how our urban spaces have been shaped by the landscapes and lifestyles of the New World
The perfect house : a journey with the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio by Witold Rybczynski( Book )

21 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Before Andrea Palladio began designing his simple, gracious, perfectly proportioned villas, architectural genius was reserved for temples and palaces. Palladio elevated the architecture of the private house into an art form, and he not only designed and built, he wrote. His late-sixteenth-century architectural treatises were read and studied by great thinkers as diverse as Thomas Jefferson and Inigo Jones, profoundly influencing the design of Monticello, the tidewater plantation houses of Virginia, and the White House. All across America today, Palladio's influence is evident in ample porches and columned porticoes, in grand ceiling heights and front-door pediments." "In The Perfect House, Witold Rybczynski, whose books on domestic and landscape architecture have transformed our understanding of parks and buildings, looks at Palladio's famous villas, not with the eye of an art historian but with the eye of an architect. He wanted to know why a handful of houses in an obscure corner of the Venetian Republic should have made their presence felt hundreds of years later and halfway across the globe."--Jacket
The look of architecture by Witold Rybczynski( Book )

19 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is style in architecture? "Style is like a feather in a woman's hat, nothing more," said Le Corbusier, expressing most modern architects' low regard for the subject. But Witold Rybczynski disagrees, and in The Look of Architecture, he makes a compelling case for the importance of style to the mother of the arts. This is a book brimming with sharp observations--that form does not follow function; that the best architecture is not timeless but precisely of its time; that details do not merely complement the architecture--details are the architecture. But the heart of the book illuminates the connection between architecture, interior decoration, and fashion. Style is the language of architecture, Rybczynski writes, and fashion represents the wide--and swirling--cultural currents that shape and direct that language. The two, style and fashion, are intimately linked--indeed, architecture cannot escape fashion. To set these ideas in sharp relief, he shows us how style and fashion have been expressed in the work of major architects--including Frank Gehry, Mies van der Rohe, Charles McKim, Allan Greenberg, Robert Venturi, Enrique Norten, and many others. He helps us see their works anew and ultimately to look afresh at our surroundings. Style is one of the enduring--and endearing--aspects of architecture, Rybczynski concludes. Furthermore, an architecture that recognizes the importance of style would not be as introspective and self-referential as are so many contemporary buildings. It would be part of the world--not architecture for architects, but for the rest of us
Looking around : a journey through architecture by Witold Rybczynski( Book )

20 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in English and held by 864 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An inspired, engrossing look at what architecture is and how we live and work in it
How architecture works : a humanist's toolkit by Witold Rybczynski( Book )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 831 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In "How Architecture Works," Witold Rybczynski, one of our best, most stylish critics and winner of the Vincent Scully Prize for his architectural writing, answers our most fundamental questions about how good--and not-so-good--buildings are designed and constructed. Introducing the reader to the rich and varied world of modern architecture, he takes us behind the scenes, revealing how architects as different as Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, and Robert A.M. Stern envision and create their designs. He teaches us how to "read" plans, how buildings respond to their settings, and how the smallest detail--of a stair balustrade, for instance--can convey an architect's vision
Taming the tiger : the struggle to control technology by Witold Rybczynski( Book )

14 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 821 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Last harvest : how a cornfield became New Daleville : real estate development in America from George Washington to the builders of the twenty-first century, and why we live in houses anyway by Witold Rybczynski( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 771 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the creation of a Pennsylvania residential subdivision from its planning stage to the residence of its first owners, in an account that offers insight into the long process of development and how it is related to sprawl and ex-urban growth
Makeshift metropolis : ideas about cities by Witold Rybczynski( Book )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and Chinese and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reveals how current ideas about urban planning evolved from definitive twentieth-century movements and the seminal creations of leading architects, offering insight into the practices of today's market-age constructions
Now I sit me down : from klismos to plastic chair : a natural history by Witold Rybczynski( Book )

12 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the hands of one of our best writers on architectures and design, a history of chairs becomes a revealing history of design and leisure, and ultimately of how we see ourselves"--
Olmsted and America's urban parks by Frederick Law Olmsted( Visual )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the visionary urban planner and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted's impact on the development of America's first great city parks. Told in large part through Olmsted's own words, this film weaves together his poignant personal story and pioneering vision with contemporary footage of the lasting masterpieces he left behind
The biography of a building : how Robert Sainsbury and Norman Foster built a great museum by Witold Rybczynski( Book )

8 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Witold Rybczynski is an architectural writer with a superlative style, a uniquely humanistic approach to his subject, and an enormous reputation. The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia was Norman Foster?s first major commission and the project that set him on the road to fame and fortune. It remains highly regarded in the architectural world. This is a remarkable book about a remarkable building. We learn how a major museum is conceived and developed, the role of the sponsor, the nature of collecting, and the experiences of the people who occupy the space. Rybczynski succeeds in telling the whole story of the Sainsbury Centre and the multiple impulses and inspirations that brought it into being
Vizcaya : an American villa and its makers by Witold Rybczynski( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Miami estate of Vizcaya, like its palatial contemporaries Biltmore and San Simeon, represents an achievement of the Gilded Age, when country houses and their gardens were a conspicuous measure of personal wealth and power. In Vizcaya: An American Villa and Its Makers, a celebrated architecture critic and writer and an award-winning landscape architect explore the little-known story of Vizcaya, an extraordinary national treasure. Witold Rybczynski and Laurie Olin use a rich collection of illustrations, historic photographs, and narrative to document the creation of this stunning house and landscape. Vizcaya was completed in 1916 as the winter retreat of Chicago industrialist James Deering. The cosmopolitan bachelor, who chose Miami for its warm climate, enlisted the guidance of artist Paul Chalfin, with whom he traveled throughout Italy to survey houses and gardens. With the assistance of architect F. Burrall Hoffman, Jr., and garden designer Diego Suarez, the 180-acre site on Biscayne Bay was transformed into a grand estate, complete with lagoons, canals, citrus groves, a farm village, a yacht harbor, and a 40-room Baroque mansion." "The lure of this architectural and landscape masterpiece, named for a Spanish Basque province, is undeniable. John Singer Sargent planned a short visit in 1917 but stayed for several months, producing an inspired series of watercolors, many of which are reproduced here for the first time. The book is further enriched by archival material and by the color images of noted photographer Steven Brooke, paying homage to Vizcaya as a lens through which readers learn about architecture, landscape and garden design, interior decoration, and art."--BOOK JACKET
Mysteries of the mall : and other essays by Witold Rybczynski( Book )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in English and held by 331 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A deep exploration of modern life that examines our cities, public places, and homes."--Provided by publisher
Frederick Law Olmsted : designing America( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the man who made public parks an essential part of American life. He made enormous contributions to the American landscape, believing a park was both a work of art and a necessity for urban life. Olmsted's efforts to preserve nature created an "environmental ethic" decades before the environmental movement became a force in American politics
A place for art : the architecture of the National Gallery of Canada = Un lieu pour l'art : l'architecture du Musée des beaux-arts du Canada by Witold Rybczynski( Book )

15 editions published in 1993 in English and French and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La construction de nouveau Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, étudiée dans le contexte de deux siècles d'architecture européenne et américaine de musées. Croquis, photos et dessins, illustrent l'histoire du Musée et les innovations architecturales de Moshe Safdie
Paper heroes : a review of appropriate technology by Witold Rybczynski( Book )

12 editions published between 1980 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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A clearing in the distance : Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the nineteenth century
Home : a short history of an ideaOne good turn : a natural history of the screwdriver and the screwWaiting for the weekendCity life : urban expectations in a new worldThe perfect house : a journey with the Renaissance architect Andrea PalladioThe look of architectureLooking around : a journey through architectureLast harvest : how a cornfield became New Daleville : real estate development in America from George Washington to the builders of the twenty-first century, and why we live in houses anyway
Alternative Names
Rybczynski, Witold.

Rybczynski, Witold Marian 1943-

Witold Rybczynski

Witold Rybczynski arquitecto canadiense

Witold Rybczynski Brits architect

Witold Rybczynski Canadian architect

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