http://johnlobell.com This is a lecture given in first year architectural history in the school of architecture at Pratt Institute. It is mostly focused on Gothic architecture, looking at it in historical context, then at Gothic structure, and then how it is the "temple form" for Western culture.
http://johnlobell.com Between 1150 and 1300 Europe build 80 major Gothic cathedrals and over 350 churches. Why? These daring edifices displaying incredibly sophisticated building technologies consumed major portions of the economic output of the time, so there must have been a reason, and there was.
These cathedrals, likes the Greek temples...