Architecture in the Age of Printing: Orality, Writing, Typography, and Printed Images in the History of Architectural Theory

Architecture in the Age of Printing: Orality, Writing, Typography, and Printed Images in the History of Architectural Theory

Mario Carpo


The self-discipline of structure will depend on the transmission in area and time of collected studies, techniques, ideas, and versions. From the discovery of the alphabet to the improvement of ASCII code for digital communique, the method of recording and transmitting this physique of information has mirrored the dominant info applied sciences of every interval. during this booklet Mario Carpo discusses the communications media utilized by Western architects, from classical antiquity to trendy classicism, displaying how each one medium regarding particular kinds of architectural pondering. Carpo highlights the importance of the discovery of movable style and automatically reproduced photographs. He argues that Renaissance architectural concept, fairly the approach of the 5 architectural orders, used to be consciously constructed based on the codecs and power of the recent revealed media. Carpo contrasts structure within the age of printing with what preceded it: Vitruvian thought and the manuscript structure, oral transmission within the heart a while, and the fifteenth-century transition from script to print. He additionally means that the elemental ideas of "typographic" structure thrived within the Western global so long as print remained our major details expertise. The shift from published to electronic representations, he issues out, will back adjust the process structure.

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