To find similar Books to my “Del Palazzo de Cesari” I used the software, Alice. I started my search by setting the text to “roman temple” and the brain setting to “antique”. The software Alice then showed me a lot of different and interesting books on that exact topic. That’s how I found my first book which had a lot of similarities to “Del Palazzo de Cesari”. The book is called “Style in the Technical and Tectonic Arts or Practical Aesthetics” by Semper, a German architect and art theorist in the mid-19th century, who taught at the Politeknikum in Zurich and was also involved in the construction of today’s ETH main building. In his book, he talks thoroughly about how roman temples were constructed and uses technical terms to describe what he is saying. What I also found really interesting about his writing is that he does not only talk about what the Romans did but explains where they got it from and what other cultures used similar building methods.
After that, I tried to find different books with different search settings. This time I used “architectural illustrations” and the brain setting “roman”. Surprisingly the first book I found was was “Style in the Technical and Tectonic Arts or Practical Aesthetics” by Semper. This really convinced me that both of these books have a lot in common. Only to note a few, illustrations and topics these books talk about.
Now I was convinced that the parameters that I typed in in Alice were accurate in finding similar books to mine and so I kept the same parameters and was able to find another book that I find similar to “Del Palazzo de Cesari”. The book I found is called “Stone Architecture Ancient and Modern Construction Skills” by Acocella. It talks about the differences between modern construction typologies and skills but also about similarities and reoccurring methods. The book also contains tons of different illustrations to further show and explain the arguments that are made.