Sergey Kavtaradze’s ‘The Anatomy of Architecture: Seven Books on Logic, Form and Meaning’ – published by the HSE Publishing House – has been awarded the Enlightener Prize in the Humanities category.
This book’s goal is to explain to the reader, as simply as possible, how architecture can be viewed as a form of art. The author reveals how the mechanisms of perception of an architectural structure work, and why the viewer derives aesthetic pleasure from it.
The book teaches readers to view and analyze the sense of movement and layers of meaning present in buildings of particular architectural value, by setting out the history of European architectural styles and the rationale underlying their development in an accessible way.
The Enlightener Prize for educational non-fiction literature was launched in 2008 by the Honorary President and Founder of VimpelCom Dmitry Zimin and the non-profit Dynasty Foundation to support Russian fundamental science and education, and to popularize scientific knowledge. From 2016 the award is held with the financial support of the Zimin Foundation.
The awards ceremony was held on November 16.