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Architecture for Dummies

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  41 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
When is a building just a building and when is it art? This accessible guide cuts through the jargon and clearly explains the essentials of architecture, demystifying the incredible ways in which structures and spaces come alive. You'll gain a real appreciation for architecture and the confidence to talk about it--even to an architect.
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ebook, 336 pages
Published May 9th 2011 by For Dummies (first published June 15th 2002)
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Deane Barker
I've had this book lying around my house for at least a decade. I tried reading it years ago and abandoned it, but never got rid of it, always meaning to try again. Halfway through, I remember what my issue with the book was...

The biggest problem with this book is one of format -- just not enough pictures. Architecture is a visual art, and when fully half (probably two-thirds) the book is a recap of historical architectural styles, you really need to see pictures of what the author is talking ab
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David Roberts
Oct 02, 2013 David Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book I read to research this post was Architecture For Dummies by Deborah K Dietsch which is an excellent book which I bought from kindle. This book is mostly about appreciating good architecture and there is a little history as well as some biography information on various famous architects. There are various interesting facts like the columns in Ancient Greek times were meant to represent the human body metaphorically with the wide bit at the top representing the head and wide bit at the b ...more
JT
Mar 23, 2015 JT rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oddly, this author presented some theories as fact as well as distorting historical data. I was mostly interested in vocabulary/lingo, and therefore, it wasn't terribly disappointing. I would not recommend.
Aran
Mar 30, 2013 Aran rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, fluff
Needs more pictures.
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