The Villa. Form and Ideology of Country Houses

The Villa. Form and Ideology of Country Houses
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James S. Ackerman.

London. Thames & Hudson. 1990. Hardback, dust jacket. 304 pages. With 213 b&w illustrations, including 71 drawings. 270 x 200mm (10 x 7"). 1.25kg. English. Fine.

'The phenomenon of the "place in the country" finds unique expression in architecture. The villa, as an architectural type, is a focus for examining not only the relationship between urban and rural life, but also that between building and the natural environment and between the changing impact of social, cultural, economic and political forces on architectural design. In the course of this richly illustrated study, Professor Ackerman illuminates such topics as ancient Roman villas, the early villas of the Medici, the Palladian villa in England, and the modern villas of Wright and Le Corbusier.' (from the blurb).