Analysing Architecture

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ISBN-13: 978-0415144780
ISBN-10: 0415144787
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'I have not recommended any other books on this topic to my students, because it is currently the classic in the field of architectural design studies.' – Professor Howard Ray Lawrence, Penn State
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (June 25, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415144787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415144780
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,836,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Unwin was born in Yorkshire in 1952, but grew up in Wales. He studied in Chelsea School of Art, London, and then the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff, where he went on to do his PhD and become a senior lecturer. He has also lived in Australia, and taught architecture in the USA, Scandinavia, the Middle East and the Far East. He is currently Professor at the University of Dundee.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Diane78 on March 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
In clear, precise diagrams and thoughtful text, author Simon Unwin offers an engaging methodology for the study of architecture and aesthetic systems. Time-tested buildings from classical temples to traditional Japanese homes and early modernist masterpieces, are explored in this wide ranging, but focused study. Unwin demonstrates that while architectural styles change over time, the underlying principles that organize quality designs remain remarkably consistent.

This book is a must for all architectural students interested in acquiring the visual skills needed to understand a wide variety of design methodologies. My only criticism is that proportion and scale were not given enough attention, but there are many other books that cover this important topic separately.

Intelligently considered, and clearly presented, `Analysing Architecture' is a refreshing counterpoint to the sort of pretentious, self-serving rubbish that Eisenman, Libeskind, Hadid, et al try to pass off as design.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ron on February 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book establishes a systematic method in analyzing architecture. It explains how architectural elements are combined together to form designs that could relate an appropriate sense of 'place' specific to the programme as well as the environment surrounding it. The book is well illustrated with diagrams and examples. An extremely useful introductory guide for those who want to learn more about the basics of architecture.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 1997
Format: Paperback
Beginning with the root definition of architecture as its "conceptual organization, its intellectual structures"., the author makes clear its function as "identification of place", goes on to identify the basic elements and concepts, examines the use of natural features of the landscape, analyzes primitive place types, geometry in architecture, space and structure, and other key concepts.
From the campsites of primitive man to the sophisticated structures of the late twentieth century, architecture as an essential function of human activity is explained clearly, and illustrated with the author's own excellent drawings. Highly recommended as a well-organized and readable introduction.

(The "score" rating is an unfortunately ineradicable feature of the page. This reviewer does not "score" books.)
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1 of 15 people found the following review helpful By dp on December 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
I used this text for a architecture class I was enrolled in. The figure/ground drawings are useful.
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