Architecture without Architects: A short introduction to non-pedigreed architecture.
New York: Doubleday, 1964. Eleventh printing. Original Wraps. Small quarto, pp. 143, illustrated with b/w photographs. Very Good. Item #21920
In this book, the author steps outside the narrowly defined discipline that has governed our sense of architectural history, and discusses the art of building as a universal phenomenon. By avoiding the geographical and social prejudices that have obscured what he views as a total picture of architecture, he offers us glimpses of worlds that were hitherto unknown and, indeed, unsuspected. A prehistoric theater district for a hundred thousand spectators on the American continent, and underground towns and villages (complete with schools, offices, and factories) inhabited by millions of people are among the unexpected phenomena he brings to light. In short, this book introduces the reader to communal architecture— architecture produced not by specialists but by the spontaneous and continuing activity of a whole people with a common heritage, acting within a community of experience.