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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
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.
Published on August 22, 2012 by Joshua

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3.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile!
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...
Published on November 22, 2011 by Pierre Gauthier


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile!, November 22, 2011
This review is from: 100 Ideas that Changed Architecture (Paperback)
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Coffee Table Book, July 23, 2013
This review is from: 100 Ideas that Changed Architecture (Paperback)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Very educational, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for beginners, June 19, 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book of architectural history, February 21, 2013
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Got this as a gift for my retired father, an architect. This is a very comprehensive text of significant advancements in the "art" of architecture. Glad Amazon had it for such a great price!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, February 6, 2013
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Really like the way this book takes the 100 ideas and gives a good synopsis of each with nice pictures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Architecture students, December 26, 2012
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Purchased the book for my daughter who is studying Architecture in College. It should be on the list of "must buy" for anyone in the Architecture field
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, May 27, 2012
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Good book for anyone interested in architecture. It is also a good coffee table book and a good way to stimulate conversation although you must be careful not to sound too much like an anorak.
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