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R.J. van Pelt and C.W. Westfall, Architectural Principles in the Age of Historicism , Yale University Press, 1991, Hardback, £35, ISBN 0-300-04999-4.

R.J. van Pelt and C.W. Westfall, Architectural Principles in the Age of Historicism , Yale... Book Reviews Pelt and C.W. Westfall, Architectural Principles in the Historicism, Yale University Press, 1991, Hardback, £35, R.J. van Age of isbn 0-300-04999-4. The title of this book refers to Rudolf Wittkower's work Architectural Principles in the Age of Humanism (1947). While Wittkower's classic study addressed the principles which guided architectural thought and practice during the Renaissance, this book attempts to question the relationship between architectural history and contemporary practice through appraising the present in terms of its situation within the Age of Historicism. The Age of Historicism is defined as 'the epoch when people operate(d) on the assumption "that human affairs can be adequately understood 'historically', that is, by tracing them to their origins and describing their relationship to a process of development through time" (p. 2). Both authors concur about the problems of relativism and historicism in the study of the history of architecture, which make it difficult to extrapolate principles from the past to guide present practice. So far so good. This is a 'wordy' book consisting of some 400 pages of text organised into three parts, the central one of which takes the form of a debate. From the initial point of agreement, the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

R.J. van Pelt and C.W. Westfall, Architectural Principles in the Age of Historicism , Yale University Press, 1991, Hardback, £35, ISBN 0-300-04999-4.

Architectural Heritage , Volume 3 (1): 103 – Jan 1, 1992

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Book Reviews Pelt and C.W. Westfall, Architectural Principles in the Historicism, Yale University Press, 1991, Hardback, £35, R.J. van Age of isbn 0-300-04999-4. The title of this book refers to Rudolf Wittkower's work Architectural Principles in the Age of Humanism (1947). While Wittkower's classic study addressed the principles which guided architectural thought and practice during the Renaissance, this book attempts to question the relationship between architectural history and contemporary practice through appraising the present in terms of its situation within the Age of Historicism. The Age of Historicism is defined as 'the epoch when people operate(d) on the assumption "that human affairs can be adequately understood 'historically', that is, by tracing them to their origins and describing their relationship to a process of development through time" (p. 2). Both authors concur about the problems of relativism and historicism in the study of the history of architecture, which make it difficult to extrapolate principles from the past to guide present practice. So far so good. This is a 'wordy' book consisting of some 400 pages of text organised into three parts, the central one of which takes the form of a debate. From the initial point of agreement, the

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Jan 1, 1992

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