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  • ISBN: 9780262082747
  • ISBN10: 0262082748

The Monumental Impulse: Architecture's Biological Roots

by Hersey, George A

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publish date: 06/01/1999
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In The Monumental Impulse, art historian George Hersey investigates many ties between the biological sciences and the building arts. Hersey draws striking analogies between building types and animal species. He examines the relationship between physical structures and living organisms, from bridges to mosques, from molecules to mammals. Insects, mollusks, and birds are given separate chapters, and three final chapters focus on architectural form and biological reproduction. Hersey also discusses architecture in connection with the body's interior processes and shows how buildings may be said to reproduce, adapt, and evolve, like other inanimate or "nonbiotic" entities such as computer programs and robots.
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