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Analysing Architectureby Simon Unwin
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Analysing Architecture offers a unique ?notebook? of architectural strategies to present an engaging introduction to elements and concepts in architectural design. Now in its third edition, this best selling book has been revised to include new discussion on how analysis helps design. Beautifully illustrated throughout with the author's original drawings, new case studies and examples are drawn from across architectural history to illustrate analytical themes and to show how drawing can be used to study architecture.
Simon Unwin clearly identifies the key elements of architecture and conceptual themes apparent in buildings. He describes ideas for use in the active process of design. Breaking down the grammar of architecture into themes and ?moves?, Unwin exposes its underlying patterns to reveal the organizational strategies that lie beneath the superficial appearances of buildings.
Exploring buildings as results of the interaction of people with the world around them, Analysing Architecture offers a definition of architecture as ?identification of place? and provides a greater understanding of architecture as a creative discipline. This book presents a powerful impetus for readers to develop their own capacities for architectural design.
Book News Annotation:
Uses drawings of past architectural works as the principle means of analysis. Explores themes such as architecture as identification of place; basic, modifying and multi-tasked elements of architecture; primitive place types; frame making; temples and cottages; the use of geometry; space and structure; parallel walls; and stratification, transition and hierarchy. Includes case studies on works such as the Fitzwilliam College chapel, the Schminke house, Merrist Wood, the Vanna Venturi house, and the Woodland chapel.
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Analysing Architecture is a unique "notebook" of architectural strategies which presents an engaging introduction to elements and concepts in architectural design. Beautifully illustrated throughout with the author's original drawings, examples are drawn from across architectural history — from prehistoric and primitive places, to temples, cottages and late 20th century structures — which illustrate various themes and show how drawing can be used as an analytical tool. The book takes the form of, and encourages the use of, a "notebook" of architectural ideas and sketches, both breaking down and fully illustrating the vocabulary of architecture.
Showing the interaction of people and the world around them as represented in the buildings, Analysing Architecture offers a greater understanding of architecture's creative disciplines and a chance for readers to develop further their own capacities for architectural design.
Analysing Architecture offers a unique 'notebook' of architectural strategies to present an engaging introduction to elements and concepts in architectural design. Beautifully illustrated throughout with the author's original drawings.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -202) and index.
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