American College of the Building Arts augments rare-book library

Mar 17, 2020 662

BY: Adam Parker

Every student of architecture sooner or later encounters the great Italian Renaissance master Andrea Palladio. They learn of his classical predilections, his interest in symmetry and harmony, his simplified forms and how they determined function. They study his urban palaces and churches, his Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza and, especially, his countryside villas.

To do so, students hold in their hands Palladio’s world-renowned treatise “The Four Books of Architecture,” which has influenced every architect since its publication in 1570, including Thomas Jefferson. But the version today’s students obtain for school is a large-format paperback replica, a $25 book published by Dover.

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