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ISBN-13: 978-0471752165 ISBN-10: 0471752169 Edition: 3rd

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"His classic introduction to the basic elements of architecture has served as a reference for both students and practicing architects for 30-plus years. Illustrated throughout with b&w diagrams and renderings, the third edition includes expanded sections on circulation, light, views, and site context; new material on environmental factors and building codes; and contemporary examples of form, space, and order." (Book News, February 2008)

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A superb visual reference to the principles of architecture

Now including interactive CD-ROM!

For more than thirty years, the beautifully illustratedArchitecture: Form, Space, and Order has been the classicintroduction to the basic vocabulary of architectural design. Theupdated Third Edition features expanded sections oncirculation, light, views, and site context, along with newconsiderations of environmental factors, building codes, andcontemporary examples of form, space, and order.

This classic visual reference helps both students and practicingarchitects understand the basic vocabulary of architectural designby examining how form and space are ordered in the builtenvironment.? Using his trademark meticulous drawing, ProfessorChing shows the relationship between fundamental elements ofarchitecture through the ages and across cultural boundaries. Bylooking at these seminal ideas, Architecture: Form, Space, andOrder encourages the reader to look critically at the builtenvironment and promotes a more evocative understanding ofarchitecture.

In addition to updates to content and many of the illustrations,this new edition includes a companion CD-ROM that brings the book'sarchitectural concepts to life through three-dimensional models andanimations created by Professor Ching.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 3rd edition (June 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471752169
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471752165
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Francis D.K. Ching is a registered architect and Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the bestselling author of numerous books on architecture and design, all published by Wiley. His works have been translated into over eighteen languages and are regarded as classics for their renowned graphic presentation.

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84 of 85 people found the following review helpful By J. Horst on December 10, 2004
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Those who have panned this book weren't looking for insight into the thought process of architectural design. This book is not a cookbook, but a primarily graphical introductory intended to start the architecture student thinking how architects think.

I'm not technically an architecture student, but rather an architecture design "hobbyist". I found this book very useful as far as helping me to look at the design process in new ways, and to better understand the various historical (and contemporary) methods/techniques used to formulate architectural designs.

This book is a textbook, not a 5 lb. coffee table glossy.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 2001
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After seeing this book on the shelf of a friend's architecture office, I bought it for my homeschooled children who are genuinely interested in architecture and building...Their dad (who teaches drafting and construction) and I could not put it down! The drawings are clear and so comprehensive. The book covers so much...Architectural styles, drawing types, etc. Mostly in drawings with very little text. So many architecture books are filled with heavy text, that you are lost in it, rather than learning the ideas and concepts. That is not a problem here. It is not to say that in any way this is a simplistic, elementary book...I'm sure it is used at the post-graduate and professional levels. The drawings and captions/info just say so much more than all those words! We are all learning a lot from this book, and are looking forward to buying more of this man's work.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By James Ferguson VINE VOICE on December 1, 2002
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An excellent introduction to architecture. However, I liked the old horizontal format better. The new edition has all the same illustrations but its vertical formal isn't as compelling. Ching is the master of free-hand sketching. In this book he covers the basic principles of architecture with copious illustrations and an easy to follow progression of ideas. It is great for first year students and frustrated architects alike. My only word of warning is that once you buy one of his volumes on architecture, it is hard to resist the others.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Arch. Student on January 29, 2006
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I'm a freshman architecture student and had to get Ching's book for one of my classes. It is much better at explaining new concepts than the other dry articles we have to read for class and the sketchs are amazing. After getting this book I bought Ching's visual dictionary of architecture which is a great source for looking up terms.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William Whitcomb on April 11, 2006
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As an artist, designer and storyteller, I find Dr. Ching's book to be a revelation. You can open it to any page, like casting the I Ching, and begin to read. His draftsmanship, his infinite patience and exceptionally ordered mind places even the most esoteric subject firmly into perspective. And it seems to rub off on the reader. If you are ever blocked for any reason, duplicate a page. I guarantee you'll return to your own work with fresh insight.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By David Miller (millerffpg@earthlink.net) on October 1, 1998
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This book lays the best foundation for architectural study and design of any book ever published. It should be required reading at every university and would make a great primer for high school students with enlightened teachers.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on January 7, 2000
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The first time I read this book, it blew me away. Not only did Ching use a simple way of explaining the principals of architechture, he also included numberous sketches and quotes about architecture. Since I'm hoping to become a arcitect myself, I will use as a treasured resorce in my architecture in high school, in classes at college and beyond. This book has found a brilliant way to introduce the world of architecture to the reader in such a way that a person with little interest in the subject will become enthralled with it. I've even begun to read the book again!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nepama on September 25, 2006
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I purchased this book during my first semester as an architecture student and am still referencing it well into my third semester. It has good text but the high quality illustrations are what I find most helpful. Many of them are representations of existing structures. Great Book!
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