London 1 : The City of London Hardback
Part of the Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England series
The City of London encompasses architecture of unsurpassed richness and variety, from the Tower of London to Richard Roger's iconoclastic Lloyd's building.
This guide unlocks the city's treasures and investigates its growth.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 704 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press
- Publication Date: 11/03/1997
- Category: Architecture
- ISBN: 9780300096248
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Review by gbsallery
A vast and comprehensive tour of the City of London's streets and buildings. Despite claims of having reduced the amount of space dedicated to church furnishings, there is still a disproportionate amount of inventory text. The only other criticism that could be levelled is that the architecture is considered almost exclusively from a geometric and aesthetic point of view, without any exploration of how buildings are actually used - in some ways this is a surface view of architecture, rather than a more holistic analysis of the use and ergonomics of buildings. However, this is a quibble which would take the book into a very different approach, and should not detract from what it is, which is a superb reference work for anyone interested in the buildings (and architectural history) of the streets of the City.Note: not exactly a page-turner, but still interesting enough to read cover-to-cover.