Great Moments in Architecture

Great Moments in Architecture

By: David Macaulay
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Company
Publication Date: 1978

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David Macaulay, whose phenomenally successful books Cathedral, City, Pyramid, Underground, and Castle have won him international acclaim, here demonstrates a fresh and beguiling side to his talents.

Great Moments in Architecture is a wondrous portfolio that has to be seen to be fully savored—or even believed for that matter.  Here are the plans for the Tower of Pisa—on a skewed drafting table, the Eiffel tower tipped over across the Seine, the ruins of a McDonald's stand following some future Vesuvius, the disastrous meeting of the Great and Lesser Walls of China, and many other gems.

Imagine, if you can, the daydreams of a pixilated Piranesi and you will have some idea of the treats waiting for you in this book.

David Macaulay lives in Providence and is Professor of Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design.  A selection of the drawings in this book created a sensation when they were exhibited in 1977 at New York's SPACED Gallery.

From the back of the paperback reprint of the original book

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