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  1. 5.2 hrs • 1/1/2013

    In this engaging series of lectures, Carroll William Westfall, the University of Notre Dame’s Frank Montana Professor of Architecture, delves into the classical principles of Western architecture. Exploring features such as ornamentation, decoration, and innovation, Professor Westfall shows how architecture is derived from the very principles that form the cornerstones of our civilization—and, with scholarly precision, he also demonstrates how this field of endeavor is rooted in nature itself.

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  2. 6.8 hrs • 1/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Running a successful architectural firm is a juggling act. You need expertise in your area of architecture to provide services to clients. You also need the know-how to run a small business. You’ve probably been well prepared by your education and experience for the technical ins and outs of an architecture firm, but what training has prepared you to run a business? The E-Myth Architect fills this knowledge gap, giving you a complete toolkit for starting a successful firm from scratch or maximizing an existing firm’s performance. Loaded with practical, powerful advice you can easily use, this one-stop guide helps you realize all the benefits that come with a thriving architecture business.

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  3. 5.4 hrs • 8/1/2012 • Unabridged

    Witold Rybczynski takes us on an extraordinary odyssey as he tells the story of designing and building his own house. His project began as a workshed, but through a series of “happy accidents,” the structure gradually evolved into a full-fledged house. In tracing this evolution, he touches on matters both theoretical and practical, writing on such diverse topics as the ritualistic origins of the elements of classical architecture and the connections between dress and habitation. He discusses feng-shui and considers the theories of such architects as Palladio, Le Corbusier, and Frank Lloyd Wright. An eloquent examination of the links between being and building, The Most Beautiful House in the World offers insights into the joys of “installing ourselves in a place, of establishing a spot where it would be safe to dream.”

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  4. 10.0 hrs • 1/1/2005 • Unabridged

    While Galileo was suffering under house arrest at the hands of Pope Urban VIII, the Thirty Years War was ruining Europe, and the Pilgrims were struggling to survive in the New World, work began on what would become one of the Seven Wonders of the World: the Taj Mahal. Built by the Moghul emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, its flawless symmetry and gleaming presence have for centuries dazzled all who have seen it. The story of its creation is a fascinating blend of cultural and architectural heritage. Yet, as Diana and Michael Preston vividly convey in the first narrative history of the Taj Mahal, it also reflects the magnificent history of the Moghul Empire, beginning with legendary warriors Genghis Khan and Tamburlaine.

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    Taj Mahal by Diana Preston, Michael Preston

    Taj Mahal

    10.0 hrs • 1/1/06 • Unabridged
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  5. 8.7 hrs • 11/1/2004 • Unabridged

    Written in 1831, Washington Irving’s dreamlike description of the Alhambra, the beautiful Moorish castle that defined the height of Moorish civilization, and of the surrounding territory of Granada remains one of the most romantic and entertaining travelogues ever written of this region in Spain. Enhanced here with exquisite Spanish guitar music, the narrative is a heady mix of historical fact, medieval myth and mystery, sensual descriptions, and an appreciation for a civilization that valued beauty, philosophy, literature, science, and the arts on an equal level with warrior skills. Secret chambers, desperate battles, imprisoned princesses, palace ghosts, and fragrant gardens, described in a wistful and dreamlike eloquence, will transport listeners to a paradise of their own.

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    Tales of the Alhambra by Washington Irving

    Tales of the Alhambra

    Music: “Capricho Árabe” by Francisco Tarrega, played on classical guitar by Joseph Thompson
    Read by Ralph Cosham
    8.7 hrs • 11/1/04 • Unabridged
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