A cognitive history of the emergence of modern architecture. Cutting across disciplinarian and institutional divisions as we know them today, this book reconstructs developments within the framework of a cognitive history of the past. Modern is here taken to mean the radical re-thinking of architecture from the end of the tenth century in Europe to the end of the eighteenth century. Among the key debates that mark the period are those that oppose tradition to innovation, canon to discovery, geometrical formality to natural picturesqueness, the functional to the hedonistic.
Include: The Book of Military and Chivalric Feats, Christine de Pisan (c. 1410). Treatises on Civil and Military Architecture, Francesco di Giorgio Martini (1474-1482). Lessons of Architecture, François Blondel (1675). A Report on Gothic Architecture, Jacques Germain Soufflot (1741). My Say on Architecture, Denis Diderot (1766). On German Architecture, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1772). Reveries of a Solitary Walker, Jean Jacques Rousseau (1776-1778). Panopticon, or the Inspection-House, Jeremy Bentham (1787). Architecture Considered under the Relation of Art, Morals and Legislation, Claude Nicolas Ledoux (1804). A Presis of the Lessons in Architecture given at the Polytechnic School, Jean Nicolas Louis Durand (1802-1805)