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Kostof, Spiro

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Works: 77 works in 469 publications in 8 languages and 13,871 library holdings
Genres: History  Exhibition catalogs  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Designs and plans  Documentary films  Biography  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Author, Other, Editor, Host, Author of screenplay, Compiler
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Most widely held works about Spiro Kostof
 
Most widely held works by Spiro Kostof
A history of architecture : settings and rituals by Spiro Kostof( Book )

35 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in English and held by 3,212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ten years in the making, A History of Architecture ranges from the first prehistoric environments on record to the most recent examples of urban design. A landmark work of impressive scope, the book is enhanced by 700 halftone illustrations and 150 drawings especially prepared by architect Richard Tobias. Kostof's range of study includes not only the monumental religious, governmental and upper-class structures around which architectural history has usually been written but also the diversity of ordinary domestic, rural, and urban buildings, and landscapes which surround them. Moreover, Kostof evaluates Western achievement in the context of contemporary cultures elsewhere. Thus he duscusses the high points of imperial Rome along with Buddhist stupas and Han palaces, compares medieval Florence with medieval Cairo, and introduces Inca and Aztec cities as the Spanish conquistadores would have seen them. The author's premise is that buldings are conditioned by the social, economic, and political frame of their time; in this sense, Kostof concludes, the history of architecture can be considered an aspect of the history of human institutions. "Architecture, in the end," he writes, "is nothing less than the gift of making places for some human purpose."
The Architect : chapters in the history of the profession by Spiro Kostof( Book )

55 editions published between 1976 and 2011 in 6 languages and held by 2,289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the architectural profession in a state of crisis over the nature - and even the necessity - of its role in society, this book puts the debate into a historical perspective
America by design by Spiro Kostof( Book )

14 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in English and held by 1,787 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On t.p.: "Based on the PBS series by Guggenheim Productions, Inc." A companion volume to the PBS series in which architectural historians examine America's architectural environment
The city shaped : urban patterns and meanings through history by Spiro Kostof( Book )

64 editions published between 1091 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,641 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examination of the universal phenomenon of the city from a historical perspective, considering how and why cities took the shape they did
The city assembled : the elements of urban form through history by Spiro Kostof( Book )

56 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Spiro Kostof's previous book, The City Shaped, examined ways in which cities develop through history, treating them as complete entities and analyzing the various categories into which they fall. Now, in what is both a companion volume and an independent study, he traces the component elements that make up different types of cities: streets, public places, urban divisions (religious, political, and social), and the fringe area where city and countryside meet." "In every instance, Professor Kostof follows a story that ranges widely in time and place up to the present to indicate that the discussion remains fresh and engages our own time in unexpected ways. In the past, all the elements of a city evolved in response to a variety of pressures. Today they are usually the result of planning decisions. In a final chapter, Kostof considers "urban process" - the effect on cities of natural disasters, war, and comprehensive redevelopment, compared with incremental growth and change. His book is thus an exercise in architectural and social history, a case study for the present, and a pointer for the future. Urban form is never innocent of social content: it is merely the matrix within which we organize daily life, and we have strong opinions about it. Modernism was a harsh intrusion in the development of almost every theme. The current recovery from the less tolerant aspects of that doctrine has made us look again at what it is that we treasure in the traditional city, and how we can recharge the old urban forms with present-day common sense." "The story is also told in over three hundred drawings, prints, paintings, and photographs that trace not only patterns but uses, from the colonnaded street of ancient Palmyra to the recent demonstrations in Prague's Wenceslas Square."--BOOK JACKET
Caves of God: the monastic environment of Byzantine Cappadocia by Spiro Kostof( Book )

11 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Orthodox Baptistry of Ravenna by Spiro Kostof( Book )

19 editions published between 1965 and 1979 in English and held by 667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes architecture and interior stucco and mosaic art of this fifth-century baptistery, which outlasted the Basilica Ursiana and is the present-day Ravenna cathedral baptistery. It is called the Orthodox Baptistery to distinguish it from a later Arian baptistery
Rome : an urban history from antiquity to the present by Rabun M Taylor( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Spanning the entire history of the city of Rome from Iron Age village to modern metropolis, this is the first book to take the long view of the Eternal City as an urban organism. Three thousand years old and counting, Rome has thrived almost from the start on self-reference, supplementing the everyday concerns of urban management and planning by projecting its own past onto the city of the moment. This is a study of the urban processes by which Rome's people and leaders, both as custodians of its illustrious past and as agents of its expansive power, have shaped and conditioned its urban fabric by manipulating geography and organizing space; planning infrastructure; designing and presiding over mythmaking, ritual, and stagecraft; controlling resident and transient populations; and exploiting Rome's standing as a seat of global power and a religious capital"--
Geschichte der Architektur by Spiro Kostof( Book )

28 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Caves of God : Cappadocia and its churches by Spiro Kostof( Book )

11 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The third Rome, 1870-1950 : traffic and glory by Spiro Kostof( Book )

11 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

World architecture : a cross-cultural history by Richard Ingersoll( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an entirely new, student-friendly text by Richard Ingersoll. Building on Kostof's global vision and social context, Ingersoll integrates extensive coverage of world and contemporary architecture in order to provide the most comprehensive survey in the field. Presented chronologically, each chapter now focuses on three unique architectural cultures, which gives instructors the flexibility to choose which traditions are the most relevant to their courses. The text also provides students with numerous pedagogical tools, including timelines, comparative maps, a glossary, and text boxes devoted to social factors and specific issues in technology and philosophy. The result is a comprehensive method for understanding and appreciating the history, cultural significance, and beauty of architecture from around the world
The House( Visual )

12 editions published between 1986 and 2002 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the evolution of the single-family detached dwelling as a symbol of the American dream and examines how philosophy, politics, technology and economics influence the American house and determine its shape, history and meaning
America by design by Mass.) WGBH (Television station : Boston( Visual )

5 editions published between 1987 and 2015 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Takes the viewer to the sites that are our common ground--the parks, monuments, civic centers, libraries and numerous other spaces and structures that bear witness to those values we hold as a people
America by design by Mass.) WGBH (Television station : Boston( Visual )

7 editions published between 1987 and 2003 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Illustrates how farming and strip mining, bridges and irrigation projects--and, of course, our settlement patterns--have left their imprints on the shape of the American land mass. Sites visited, Yosemite National Park, East Bridge in St. Louis, Hoover Dam, Brooklyn Bridge and the waterways of the Tennessee Valley Authority
America by design by Mass.) WGBH (Television station : Boston( Visual )

6 editions published between 1986 and 2002 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focuses on farms, mills, factories, warehouses and office buildings, tracing the change that has taken place in these workplaces over the last three hundred years. Kostof visits the workplace creations of architects Frank Lloyd Wright, Albert Kahn and Louis Sullivan
America by design( Visual )

9 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kaleidoscopic tour of America's built environment, from the earliest settlements to the latest manifestations of megalopolis. This series explores how American design has affected political, social, economic and technological institutions. It could also serve as a concise history of American architecture
America by design by Mass.) WGBH (Television station : Boston( Visual )

9 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the history of American transportation systems from rivers to railways and from simple roads to high-speed interstate highways. Kostof strolls along such thoroughly American streets such as: "Main Street," "Millionaire's Row," and "Elm Street." Also visits the creations of city planners Pierre L'Enfant (Washington, D.C.) and James Oglethorpe (Savannah, Ga.)
Historia de la arquitectura by Spiro Kostof( Book )

18 editions published between 1988 and 1999 in Spanish and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geschichte der Architektur by Spiro Kostof( Book )

4 editions published in 1993 in German and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
Kostof, S. 1936-1991

Kostof, Spiro

Kostof, Spiro K.

Kostof, Spiro K. 1937-1991

Kostof, Spiro Konstantin 1937-1991

Spiro Kostof

Spiro Kostof Amerikaans architect (1936-1991)

Spiro Kostof US-amerikanischer Architekturhistoriker

Спиро Костов

اسپیرو کوستوف معمار آمریکایی

코스토프, 스피로 1936-1991

コストフ, スピロ

スピロ・コストフ

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The Architect : chapters in the history of the professionAmerica by designThe city shaped : urban patterns and meanings through historyThe city assembled : the elements of urban form through historyGeschichte der Architektur