As I started my research on Alice to find related literature for my book, “architecture pratique” I first focused on terms like; practice, handbook, geometry, order, price, material. As the brain, I used the Xenotheka Library to keep the search wide. As the topic of conversation, I used architecture.
I noticed that the different terms appears often in random times, and different context. So I decided to take a closer look at the content of the time and topic of my book, and used french terms like cours’ d’architecture and Renaissance in combinations with material, order, and price.
This search gave me the connection, „Mallgrave, Modern Architectural Theory“. A response was therefore inevitable, and it came in 1683, when Blondel published the second volume of his Cours d’architecture. It shows me a modern theory of Renaissance interpretations of Palladio, Scamozzi, Vignola, Serlio, and Alberti to be consulted for edification. Blondel was also charged with publishing his own lectures on theory, which he did between 1675 and 1683 in two large volumes.
As a second step, I wanted to find a book that had more connections to modern French theory in between 1600 and 1700 in terms of content. This time as a brain I first tried the Architecture Library. The outcome wasn’t really what I expected.
The first book „Van Eck, Eighteenth Century Architecture“ that I found was about the development of architecture in the period from 1680 to 1820 as the result of changing interactions between architects, patrons, and the public, a new third party whose importance increased as the century proceeded. It raised the question of how the Revolution gave material expression to its place in history. Like in the book “architecture pratique”.
The second search was more about the terms French acrhitecture, lectures rensissance and theory. I found in „ Mallgrave, Modern Architectural Theory“ more about Blondel. He was also charged with publishing his own lectures on theory, which he did between 1675 and 1683 in two large volumes, Cours d’architecture (Course of architecture).
For the third book, I searched under the French term „cours d’architecture” and came across Aviler, Augustin-Charles (1653-1701). He describes in his architecture-course his most beautiful buildings and that goes into instructions from Michelangelo, as well as the distribution and decoration, materials and construction of buildings, masonry, carpentry as in the book “architecture pratique” from Pierre bullet. It was written at the same time in Renaissance.