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Invitation to Architecture: Discovering Delight in the World Built Around Us

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Why does architecture matter? What differentiates “architecture” from mere “building”? In this engaging, original work, Max Jacobson, one of the authors of the landmark design book A Pattern Language, and Shelley Brock explore these and many other questions as they present a compelling case for the importance of architecture in our day-to-day lives.

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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Taunton Press (first published April 11th 2014)
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Jim
Jul 06, 2014 Jim rated it it was amazing
This book is well titled. It is an easy to read and an entertaining story of the coming about of architecture through the ages and of human responses to design. It clearly sets forth the basic elements of good design and the skills to bring it about. This book should be on the reading list for anyone interested in architecture and design as a career and also for those simply interested in their surroundings and how they might be improved.
Matthew
Jul 04, 2014 Matthew rated it it was amazing
This is the book I wish I had for my music appreciation classes--a fantastic balance of theory and analysis, with a clear, but not proscriptive, analytical approach. When I get a moment, I will blog about this, but I need to try to understand how Vitruvias' three elements--firmness, usefulness, beauty--can be translated into the musical realm. The concept of "background buildings" is an important one, too, with clear parallels in music.
Laurie Taylor
Jul 08, 2014 Laurie Taylor rated it it was amazing
Actually, I am not a person who would normally read about architecture, but I am am into the art of discovering the world around us, so I picked up this book. Very enjoyable and enlightening and accessible! The authors have cleverly found just the right mix between simplicity and elegance to help us understand how building design is an expression of our humanity and essential to our lives. The illustrations are a little wonder in themselves.
Michaela
Apr 06, 2015 Michaela rated it it was amazing
I'm also categorizing this as poetry, because the section on aesthetics had the BEST explanation on rhythm I have ever read. Even my music training was never so succinct and understandable.

Along with that I simply loved it. I love the problem solving of architecture, I love the beauty of architecture, I love the fact that so many beautiful places exist, especially those that have been around for centuries.
Jennifer
May 11, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Perhaps this should have been a long paper rather than a book. But it made me think about architecture in ways I never have. I really enjoyed it. Thought provoking.
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