Bill Risebero

Bill Risebero is an architect and town planner in London. He teaches at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and in the London Program of Syracuse University.

  • The Story of Western Architecture, Third Edition

    The Story of Western Architecture, Third Edition

    Bill Risebero

    The history of Western architecture viewed not as a chronology of styles but as an expression of social and economic conditions.

    When this survey of Western civilization was first published in 1979, the executive editor of the Architectural Review said, "I find it one of the most remarkable books on the subject that I have ever come across... a tremendous achievement of Pevsnerian dimensions." With the second edition, the author took the reader back to ancient Asia Minor, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, and also extended it to include postmodernism and urbanism, the New Right ideology of the 1980s, and the rising environmental concerns of the 1990s. The third edition includes a new sixteen-page section that brings the story up to the twenty-first century and adds many new drawings. The author views the history of architecture not as a chronology of styles but as an expression of social and economic conditions; he tells us not only what was built and when, but also how and under what cultural incentives. The author's hundreds of clear and informative drawings and diagrams add to the lively, informal nature of the book.

    • Paperback $27.00
  • The Story of Western Architecture, Revised Edition

    The Story of Western Architecture, Revised Edition

    Bill Risebero

    When this book was first published in 1979, the executive editor of the Architectural Review said, "I find it one of the most remarkable books on the subject that I have ever come across... a tremendous achievement of Pevsnerian dimensions." The author has updated this survey of Western civilization to take the reader back to ancient Asia Minor, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. He has also extended it to include the recent years of postmodernism and urbanism, the New Right ideology of the eighties, and the rising environmental concerns of the nineties. The author views the history of architecture not as a chronology of styles but as an expression of social and economic conditions; he informs us not only of what was built but how, when, and under what cultural incentives. The author's hundreds of clear and informative drawings and diagrams add to the lively, informal nature of a book that has been widely adopted as a classroom text.

    • Paperback $21.95
  • The Story of Western Architecture, Third Edition

    Bill Risebero

    In this highly original introductory survey, British architect and planner, Bill Risebero covers the development of Western architecture from fifth century Europe to the present in terms of economic priorities, class relations, climate, natural resources, and other factors that affect our built environment. From the Gothic cathedrals to the White Towers in Los Angeles, Risebero discusses and illustrates architecture in the context of human affairs. He explains how the communtarian architecture of early societies afforded social satisfactions that compensated for their lack of technical sophistication, how the Greeks brought exquisite refinement to a simple structural system, and how grandiose Roman architecture attempted to impose security on a society plagued by inflation and unemployment. His own informal sketches and handwritten captions throughout the book provide helpful, visual outlines of each period.

    Bill Risebero is also the author of Modern Architecture and Design: An Alternative History, which is a sequel to this book and available in paperback from The MIT Press.

    • Paperback $16.50