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  • Series: 100 Ideas
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing; 8.6.2011 edition (September 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856697320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856697323
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Weston is a Professor at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. Previous books include the monograph Alvar Aalto, winner of the 1995 Sir Banister Fletcher Prize, and the definitive monograph on the Danish architect JA rn Utzon. His other books include The House in the Twentieth Century (2001), Materials, Form and Architecture (2003) and Key Buildings of the Twentieth Century, 2nd edition (2010), all published by Laurence King.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Pierre Gauthier on November 22, 2011
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Is this book the 101st idea that will change architecture? Yes and no.

The book's structure is original and allows it to cover a wide variety of topics, from floors to tectonic architecture to computer assisted design. As such, it underscores the breadth of the fields touched by the art and science of building. The author is clearly very knowledgeable and he is familiar as well with traditions other than his own country's, notably of Germany and France. Also, illustrations are abundant, high-quality, diversified and often beautiful.

Unfortunately, the book's format limits discussion on each topic to a single page. This is frustrating at times since many subjects deserve a much more detailed coverage. The lack of continuity from one page to the next also requires much concentration on the reader's part.

All in all, this is a worthwhile work though anyone truly interested in the history of architectural notions would find more satisfaction in a more traditional presentation.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Curly Designer on July 23, 2013
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If you are looking for a coffee table book then this is nice. However as student of architectural history and a professional in the commercial building field I find many flaws with these ideas. For example one idea is 'Iron'. Then another idea is 'Column & Beam'. Material and forms are two different content areas. Column & Beam is really a steel post & lintel which is the most basic architectural form. So to say that the most fundamental form 'changed' anything is silly as architecture couldn't exist without it. Steel changed architecture and was the next step after Iron.

Also 'Doors' didn't change architecture either. After post & lintel a door is the next step. If you can't get inside the structure then it has no purpose. Symmetry isn't an idea either, it was a necessity for evenly distributing the load. Steel, once again, would change this as load could then be transported to different places and allow asymmetry. Classical Orders? This isn't a idea! It was something created by ancient civilizations as decoration and to stand apart from other civilizations. Now the author is confusing architecture with decorative arts, two entirely different things!

I would rename this book '100 things movie architects talk about'

A better gift for a current student would be an architectural dictionary. It has tons more information (and accurate) and doesn't confuse theory, innovation, other fields of study, and fundamental principles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joshua on August 22, 2012
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100 Ideas that Changed Architecture is a fantastic book. The authors have put in so much depth of thinking that I would have never even begun to think of.
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By AH on August 14, 2013
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The book describes one by one what the author thinks are the most important ideas that make dramatical changes in Architecture. The photos are great and some explanations could be deeper. The size and weight are ok, to take it with you every where.
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I've been interested in architecture for quite a while now but hadn't found a decent resource (aside from combing through internet pages looking for exactly what I wanted) to help me understand it, with both the foundation and history of architecture as well as modern pieces. This book does just that - tells you 100 things that had a significant impact on architecture, why it made an impact, the history of it, etc.
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