Vitruvius on Architecture

by Thomas Gordon Smith (Monacelli Press)


Around 25 B.C., Marcus Vitruvius Pollio cataloged the rules and ideals of Greek architecture in 10 scrolls. In this book, Smith, a Notre Dame professor of architecture, presents a new translation of five of the scrolls most relevant to architecture today. Along with photographs of historic architecture from Greece, Italy, Turkey and the Mediterranean region, the book includes new drawings and watercolors that illustrate Vitruvius’ methods of proportion and composition. A practicing classical architect, Smith writes that “Vitruvius’s recommendations are still germane to solving problems of strength, function and beauty in modern circumstances.”

(May 2004)