Court & Garden: From the French Hôtel to the City of Modern Architecture

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MIT Press, 1988 - 285 pages
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The "tyranny of the private realm" is destroying our cities. Modern architecture, with its insistence on the mute object and its rejection of the conventions of street and square, has abdicated civic responsibility and eschewed the urban forms that express and promote it. In this eloquent and extensively illustrated study of the evolution of a modern conception of space, Michael Dennis explores the social, psychological, and especially the formal transformations that that led architects to trade the city of public space for a city of private icons. The French "hotel, " an aristocratic town house developed largely in Paris between 1550 and 1800, is a sophisticated instrument of urbanism that both chronicles the demise of the public realm and offers architectural techniques for reconstructing a spatially rich city. In its development from Italianate prototypes to an urban courtyard building and finally to a freestanding pavilion in a private garden, the French "hotel" illustrates the transformation of the city from one of platonic voids to one of platonic solids, from one of buildings that define space to one of buildings that treat space as merely left over.In reconstructing the origins of the modern city--and the modern sense of privacy--Dennis focuses on the plan of the "hotel" and on the relationship between the external and internal organization of buildings. He identifies three distinct "hotel" types--Baroque, Roccoco, and Neoclassical--and examines the urban and social changes reflected in their sitings and facades and in such details as the sequence of public and private rooms, patterns of circulation, and the proliferation of rooms with special functions.By studying the plans, Dennis asserts, modern architects can recapture the language of urbanism and learn how to reconcile modern and traditional modes of building organization and spatial development. The extensive documentation he provides--nearly 400 illustrations, including historical maps of Paris, "hotel" plans, and photographs of extant "hotels"--encourages that study and significantly extends the tradition of illustrated architectural treatises by Marot (c. 1670), Blondell (1752-1756) and Krafft (c. 1802), establishing this book as the definitive scholarly work on the French "hotel."A Graham Foundation Book.

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Using the hôtels and squares of Paris from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries, Dennis tracks changes in understandings of urban space and the public realm among architects and city ... Consulter l'avis complet

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This is a specialized account of architecture in the modern period (since 1750) by a practicing architect and professor of architecture at Harvard. Dennis's text is aimed at the architectural ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Michael Dennis has both local and national Media Exposure.

He has been featured on FOX and CBS TV. He was featured on the Jerry Springer Show in 1991, and has appeared on numerous Radio Shows. In April 2000 he completed a six month Psychic Radio Show for MOJO 94.9 F.M. in Cincinnati. He has also been featured on WAIF 88.3 a.m. and on WSAI 1530 a.m. where he makes guest radio appearances. He was interviewed in the 2000 Millennium Edition of The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Pittsburgh Tribune, March 2003 the Columbus Dispatch, April 2005 and the Dayton Daily News in May 2008 for his Mother Teresa Channeling. He has been working Psychic Festivals and Fairs since 1986 in the mid-west as well as in Toronto and Ottowa Canada. Michael is also a writer and his first book Halfway to Heaven was published in 2003. His book of love poetry Dawn's Kiss, will be coming out in the summer or Fall of 2009.

One of Michael's earliest PSYCHIC EXPERIENCES is when he was a subject of the renowned Mentalist, "The Amazing Kreskin" at an oudoor Hypnosis Demonstration in Chautauqua, NY in 1977. Kreskin told Michael that he was unusually sensitive and he encouraged him to develop his psychic abilities.

Over the next several years after college Michael trained extensively and apprenticed with various Metaphysical Teachers. In 1985, Michael became a professional Psychic. In 1995 he gave up a foreign language teaching career to pursue his writing dream, and Psychic work full time.

In 1992 Michael began to expand his psychic work by publicly channeling Ascended Masters, Angels, Native American Ancestors and Shamans (Voices Of Our Ancestors), Benevolent Extraterrestrials and well-known beloved celebrities. He has publicly channeled The Blessed Mother Mary, Kuan Yin, Mary Magdalene, Archangel Michael, Nostradamus, Ascended Masters St. Germain and Hilarion, St. Francis, Helen Keller, Montezuma II Aztec Emperor, Sun Bear, Native American Medicine Shamans (Voices Of Our Ancestors), Fun and Frolic with the Faeries and a Past Life Exploration channeling with Vilura of Venus. He channeled Mother Teresa in Dayton in May 2008. Michael has tapes of all his channelings and sells them for $5 plus postage. He has begun to transcribe the tapes for a book called Wisdom From Beyond.

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