American Architecture

A History

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This widely acclaimed, highly illustrated introduction to the history of American architecture is now fully revised throughout. American Architecture introduces readers to the major developments that shaped the American-built environment from the first Americans to the present, from the everyday vernacular to the high style of aspiration.

Significant updates include:
A new chapter on the 21st century, detailing the green architecture movement and LEED status architecture, the influence of CAD design on recent architecture, the necessity of sustainable design, the globalization of architecture and international architects, and some of the preservation issues facing architecture today.
An expanded section on Native American architecture including contemporary design by Native American architects, expanded discussions on architectural education and training, more examples of women architects and designers, and a thoroughly expanded glossary to help today's readers.
A revised and expanded art program, including over 640 black and white images, and a new 32-page, full-color insert featuring over 60 new color images.

American Architecture describes the impact of changes in conceptual imagery, style, building technology, landscape design, vernacular construction, and town-planning theory throughout U.S. history. Eleven chronologically organized chapters chart the social, cultural, and political forces that shaped the growth and development of American towns, cities, and suburbs, while providing full description, analysis, and interpretation of buildings and their architects. Accessible and engaging, American Architecture continues to set the standard as a guide, study, and reference.

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“Roth's American Architecture is the perfect companion text to any course on American architecture. Its readability and chronological organization provides students with an in-depth and comprehensive survey of the major trends in the field. The plans, diagrams, and sections are particularly clear and well executed, which is a great resource when teaching.”
Emily Morash, Connecticut College

“This book has been extremely useful for my course—it is long enough that I can use it as the main anchor of the course, but not so long that it is daunting to the students. Students typically find it clear and engaging. Roth's approach is excellent…broad and inclusive. His writing style is clear and his observations on theory and social content are refreshingly free of jargon. American Architecture: A History is the most comprehensive and thoroughly illustrated survey of American architecture available. Building on the author's lifetime of research, it is extremely valuable as a reference book and also provides a highly readable introduction to this fascinating topic.”
Jeffery Howe, Boston College
"This second edition of American Architecture has a great deal more to offer than did the original publication. The original author, Leland Roth, is here joined by his daughter, Amanda Roth Clark. They have completely rewritten the original to reflect an additional 15 years of teaching, research, and scholarship. The authors added new subject matter, included dozens of new footnotes, extended bibliographies for all chapters, almost doubled the glossary of architectural terms, and did a natty redesign of the table of contents. In addition, the illustrations . . . are clearer, richer, more impressive, and much more inclusive of neighboring landscapes of historic buildings. A whole new chapter covers American architecture of the 21st century. . . Highly recommended.” —Choice

"With extensive revisions and substantive additions, Leland Roth has made this second edition to American Architecture not only the most thorough examination of its subject, but also the most up-to-date. It remains a key reference work in the field.
Richard Longstreth, George Washington University

“Leland M. Roth's American Architecture is the smartest, most insightful text written on American architecture. This new edition makes it even more accessible for a new generation of students.”
Timothy Orwig, Northeastern University
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