The ancient Greeks built some of the most timeless and enduring monuments the world has ever seen - sites that have become synonymous with all that is best in European culture, from the Parthenon and the temple of Athena Nike to the Olympic Stadium. Professor Alexander Tzonis, a renowned architectural historian, examines the significance of the buildings and sites of Greek classical antiquity, not as an expression of pedantic rules, but as an innovative design paradigm: suiting the architecture to the needs of the site. He stresses the contribution of these anonymous planners to the thinking of the modern architectural movement. Classical Greek Architecture features fascinating archival photographs, site maps, and architectural plans. It discusses not only the technology, but also the myths and rituals, the social structures, and political conflicts that have all left their mark in the ultimate design of the building. With chapters covering a range of topics from the status of Greek architecture today and the uses of the various types of building to the influences of African and Asian cultures on the Greeks, this is a thorough, scholarly, yet accessible work of reference.
The text is accompanied by a number of invaluable appendices, including maps, a glossary, and a detailed bibliography.
Professor Alexander Tzonis studied at Yale and later taught at Harvard. He currently holds the chair of Architectural Theory and Design Methods at the University of Technology in Delft (Holland), and is Director of Design Knowledge Systems, a multidisciplinary architectural research center. He has written a number of major works on architecture, including Classical Architecture (MIT Press), The Poetics of Movement (Universe), Le Corbusier (Universe), and Critical Regionalism (Prestel USA).