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Kostof, Spiro

Overview
Works: 78 works in 454 publications in 5 languages and 13,815 library holdings
Genres: History  Exhibition catalogs  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Designs and plans  Documentary films  Biography  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Host, Author of screenplay, 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 )

35 editions published between 1985 and 2010 in English and held by 3,233 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 1,817 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 )

63 editions published between 1091 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 1,642 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 Architect : chapters in the history of the profession by Spiro Kostof( Book )

37 editions published between 1976 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,280 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
The city assembled : the elements of urban form through history by Spiro Kostof( Book )

54 editions published between 1959 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 1,129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Spiro Kostof, the renowned architectural historian and chronicler of urban form, presents a universal history of the elements of cities: streets, public places, urban divisions, and the borders of city and countryside. This is both an independent study and a companion volume to Professor Kostof's book "The City Shaped" which dealt with cities as complete entities. Now he follows the evolution of their components, and traces the story right up to the present, showing how the issues remain fresh and engage with our own day, often in unexpected ways. He also discusses "urban process": the effect on cities of natural disasters (such as the Great Fire of London and the Lisbon earthquake), war and comprehensive redevelopment, compared with traditional patterns of incremental growth and change. This is at once an exercise in architectural and social history, a case-study for the present, and a pointer for the future." -- Provided by publisher
Caves of God: the monastic environment of Byzantine Cappadocia by Spiro Kostof( Book )

11 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Orthodox Baptistry of Ravenna by Spiro Kostof( Book )

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

10 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 247 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 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 196 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
Rome : an urban history from antiquity to the present by Rabun M Taylor( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 172 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"--
The House by Spiro Kostof( Visual )

13 editions published between 1986 and 2002 in English and held by 171 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 )

6 editions published between 1987 and 2015 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 )

8 editions published between 1987 and 2003 in English and held by 149 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( Visual )

7 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in English and held by 149 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 )

6 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 144 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 by Mass.) WGBH (Television station : Boston( Visual )

10 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in English and held by 139 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.)
Geschichte der Architektur by Spiro Kostof( Book )

9 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in German and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geschichte der Architektur by Spiro Kostof( Book )

9 editions published in 1993 in German and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geschichte der Architektur by Spiro Kostof( Book )

9 editions published in 1993 in German and held by 87 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

코스토프, 스피로 1936-1991

コストフ, スピロ

Languages
English (298)

German (47)

Spanish (2)

Chinese (1)

Italian (1)

Covers
America by designThe city shaped : urban patterns and meanings through historyThe Architect : chapters in the history of the professionThe city assembled : the elements of urban form through history