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Kostof, Spiro

Overview
Works: 65 works in 295 publications in 3 languages and 10,472 library holdings
Genres: History  Exhibition catalogs  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Designs and plans  Biography  Documentary films  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Author, Host, Author of screenplay, Editor, Other, Compiler
Classifications: NA200, 720.973
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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 )

33 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in English and held by 3,243 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."
America by design by Spiro Kostof( Book )

13 editions published between 1987 and 2009 in English and held by 1,831 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 assembled : the elements of urban form through history by Spiro Kostof( Book )

50 editions published between 1959 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 1,126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Algemene historische inleiding over de elementen die de vorm van de stad bepalen
Caves of God: the monastic environment of Byzantine Cappadocia by Spiro Kostof( Book )

11 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Orthodox Baptistry of Ravenna by Spiro Kostof( Book )

17 editions published between 1965 and 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 672 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
Caves of God : Cappadocia and its churches by Spiro Kostof( Book )

10 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

10 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

10 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 185 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
America by design by Spiro Kostof( Visual )

13 editions published between 1986 and 2002 in English and held by 178 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 2003 in English and held by 155 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 152 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 )

5 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 146 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 )

4 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in English and held by 141 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 )

8 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in English and held by 140 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.)
The city shaped : urban patterns and meanings through history by Spiro Kostof( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 75 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
Historia de la arquitectura by Spiro Kostof( Book )

6 editions published in 1988 in Spanish and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historia de la arquitectura by Spiro Kostof( Book )

13 editions published between 1985 and 2008 in Spanish and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abarcando desde la prehistoria hasta el postmodernismo, el libro se ocupa de los monumentos religiosos y civiles, objeto tradicional de la atención de los historiadores, y de diversidad de edificaciones industriales o domésticas, rurales o urbanas, dentro de un contexto social, físico y cultural. Las manifestaciones arquitectónicas de Occidente son insertadas en el marco de las diversas culturas contemporáneas, ofreciendo un panorama totalizador de cada momento histórico. Dividida en tres volúmenes, el primero abarca desde la prehistoria hasta la arquitectura cristiana; el segundo llega hasta 1750, y el tercero se extiende desde estas fechas hasta las manifestaciones arquitectónicas de las últimas décadas
El arquitecto : historia de una profesión( Book )

6 editions published between 1977 and 1984 in Spanish and Undetermined and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Architect : chapters in the history of the profession by Spiro Kostof( )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 0 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
 
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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

코스토프, 스피로 1936-1991

コストフ, スピロ

Languages
English (189)

Spanish (25)

German (10)

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America by designThe city assembled : the elements of urban form through historyThe city shaped : urban patterns and meanings through history