A Companion to Roman Architecture (Blackwell Companions to by Roger B. Ulrich, Caroline K. Quenemoen

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By Roger B. Ulrich, Caroline K. Quenemoen


A spouse to Roman Architecture provides a finished evaluate of the severe matters and methods that experience remodeled scholarly realizing in fresh a long time in a single easy-to-reference volume.

• deals a cross-disciplinary method of Roman structure, spanning expertise, background, artwork, politics, and archaeology;
• Brings jointly contributions by means of prime students in architectural history;
• an important consultant to contemporary scholarship, masking new archaeological discoveries, lesser identified constructions, new applied sciences and area and construction;
• contains huge, up to date bibliography and word list of key Roman architectural terms.

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Why not imagine a unified design and fabrication process based on a series of conversations between men, designers and workers, and machines, computers and robots? 58 Besides the new immediacy between the mind and the built reality, robotics announces the possibility to radically overcome the constraint of large series that had hampered so many former attempts to industrialise construction. 5 In this world, prototyping and small-scale production of sophisticated components would advantageously compete with repetition and mass production.

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Beyond a merely positive outlook, techno-utopianism is generally typified by a belief that innovation has an immediate and beneficial impact on society. There are numerous examples of this kind of approach. Richard Buckminster Fuller comes immediately to mind, with his unflagging endorsement of 56 technological progress that he saw as a means to redesign society. 1In contrast to techno-utopianism, the opposing view, techno-pessimism, is not that prevalent. It is largely limited to domains like literature and philosophy.

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