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Architectural Graphics Paperback – October 28, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470399118 ISBN-10: 0470399112 Edition: 5th
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"One book that has become a trusted source for teaching architects how to do it right is Francis D.K. Ching's Architectural Graphics. Now in its fifth edition, it offers the essential drawing tools, principles, and techniques that architects use to communicate their ideas. It expands upon the wealth of illustrations and instructions that have made this book a classic, and guides readers through the subtleties of translating architectural ideas into vivid visual representations. Readers will learn Ching's renowned methods through: coverage of multiview drawings, paraline drawings, and perspective drawings; techniques for drawing section views of building interiors; strategies for rendering tonal value, enhancing pictorial depth, and conveying the illumination of spatial environments; approaches for developing the layout of architectural presentations; freehand sketching and diagramming; and so much more. This beautiful fifth edition of Architectural Graphics from Francis D.K. Ching clearly represents the complexity of architectural concepts in an intuitive graphic manner that benefits anyone interested in maintaining the highest standard of the profession of architecture." (San Francisco Book Review/Sacramento Book Review, March 27, 2010)

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Updated edition of the architectural graphics bestseller
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Architectural Graphics offers the essential drawing tools, principles, and techniques designers use to communicate architectural ideas. In this Fifth Edition, Francis D.K. Ching expands upon the wealth of illustrations and instructions that have made this book a classic, and guides readers through the subtleties of translating architectural ideas into vivid visual representations.

Readers learn Ching's renowned methods through:

  • Coverage of multiview drawings, paraline drawings, and perspective drawings

  • Techniques for drawing section views of building interiors

  • Strategies for rendering tonal value, enhancing pictorial depth, and conveying the illumination of spatial environments

  • Approaches for developing the layout of architectural presentations

  • Freehand sketching and diagramming

  • And much more

This beautiful Fifth Edition of Architectural Graphics clearly presents the complexity of architectural concepts in an intuitive graphic manner that benefits anyone interested in maintaining the highest standard of the profession.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 5 edition (November 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470399112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470399118
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 1999
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Architectural Graphics covers a huge range of fields within Architectural Drafting, and Presentation. From perspective to plans, this book has it all. Excellent for beginners, it is a visual, easy to understand guide to Drafting.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1998
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A fabulous survey of the conventions of architectural drawing in an easily referenced, concise format. Adequately covers the basics of orthographic, paraline, perspective, and rendering techniques. Good for the first time student just learning, or the experienced architect looking for a brush up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Soul Maven on January 23, 2010
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I'm a second year architecture student and I've already collected a dozen or so books on graphics and techniques. Whats good about this book is contains most of Ching's best tips all in one thin desk reference. Very useful. Very Practical.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Karl Fandrich on February 23, 2002
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This is a great resource for learning how to produce good architectural drawings. It is oriented around hand drafting, but the concepts and ideas are important for good, readable CAD drawings as well. My first year studio professor made everyone buy this book. It was money well spent!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Myers on August 27, 2012
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I bought this book for my Architecture class which was required, but if it was not required I would have bought it anyways because it is a great book that shows you everything you need to know.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Afelle on February 7, 2013
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Priceless addition to the serious architecture student's reference library.Any book by Dr. Ching is a worthwhile investment in your education.
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My son needed this book for his architectural class for college. Book was reasonably priced and because it's paperback, easier for him to carry around campus. The book is his, so he can write in it to capture notes. Received book from seller as specified.
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Basically just that. D.K. Ching texts are favorable to most accredited arch programs because they cover the basics in a straightforward way. Use this mostly as a reference guide rather than actual reading material. Has lots of images and diagrams too.
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