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Origami Architecture: Papercraft Models of the World's Most Famous Buildings [Origami Book with DVD, 16 Projects] Hardcover – October 10, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (October 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4805311541
  • ISBN-13: 978-4805311547
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.7 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Want a challenge? Most people are familiar with folded paper origami cranes or napkin swans. Some paper folders have graduated to folding elephants, crabs or geometric shapes. Then there are true papercraft artists whose creations are above and beyond a hobbyist's skill. In this case, you have Yee.

Origami Architecture is for anyone who aspires to be the type of artist who is meticulous, exacting and fascinated by complexity."—McClatchy Newspapers

"Yee (yes, just Yee) is a world-renowned papercrafter, and in Origami Architecture he offers readers a global portfolio of construction projects, with step-by-step instructions for paper models of 16 landmarks, from the Arc de Triomphe to Westminster Palace. After a shopping list of suitable materials and necessary tools, Yee provides general guidelines and tips, some of which have the tenor of fortune cookies, as applicable to daily life as they are to papercraft: "You must understand completely what you are trying to do before you do it."

"What's notable about these paper replicas is how much detail that plain white paper can illuminate. When you strip away the model's materiality, the simple interface of light and shade highlights the striking beauty of the buildings' architectural outlines. That such intricate crafts can be folded flat only adds to their mystery."—ARCHITECT

Discover: A perfect gift for architects, aspiring world travelers or papercrafting fans."—Shelf Awareness for Readers

About the Author

The artist known as Yee is world renowned for his paper structure designs and creations. Over the years he has perfected his craft and is now recognized as one of the world's foremost paper crafters. He sells custom paper craft work through his website, yeesjob.com

More About the Author

My name is Yee (full name Sheung Yee Shing). I am a Canadian designer, paper engineer, paper architect and author. I have been doing various papercrafts for more than 37 years. Creating and designing papercraft is both my hobby and job. Paper (one of the great inventions of Chinese) is one of the most interesting material, it has millions of possibilities. I am trying to discover as many of them as I can. I do paper-cutting, origami, pop up cards, origami architecture, paper toy, paper costume, paper lamp, and paper model, etc. Most of my designs and methods come entirely from my imagination.

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Customer Reviews

You won't regret getting this, the instructions are easy to follow.
Phillip A. Foster
I'm looking forward to digging in with scissors, but if I never find time, Ill still enjoy thinking about it as I browse this book.
L. L. Price
This book will give you either hours of fun or hours of headaches, hopefully both.
perennialgardener

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ray on November 17, 2011
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This book is absolutely beyond amazing!

You can see not only how much efforts did the author contribute to every single page but also the exceptional details presented in each page.

I am in fact very surprised that this book only cost 15 dollars, I would willing to pay for this wonderful book for even 50 dollars.

It does worth that much, or even beyond! If you love paper craft, this book is a must-have, even perfect for thanksgiving present or a X'mas gift!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By perennialgardener on September 5, 2012
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This book will give you either hours of fun or hours of headaches, hopefully both. These are kind of slice-form models of famous buildings, that collapse. Extremely detailed models, plus so much detail about their construction that it is nearly overwhelming.

WARNING - This book comes with a computer CD that contains all the patterns. If you buy it used, make SURE that the CD is still there or it will be just a coffee table book of nice pictures.

This author is a paper fanatic, and a treasure to the art world. If you like paper art, or would like to try it, get this book, an Exacto knife and a huge supply of #11 & #17 blades (great deals on Amazon!)and get busy.

I decided to do the hardest model in the book, (they are arranged in order of difficulty), and it is going to take me a couple years to finish in my spare time. There are thousands of very tiny intricate cuts to make, specially on the windows.

TIP - get the #17 Exacto blades to make the windows on the last model, and possible others as well. You can just punch them out instead of cutting with a pointed blade. Saves hours! If you are in paper art, you will know what I mean.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles L. Clark II on January 10, 2013
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I bought the book because I immediately saw myself spending hours building these models when I saw the cover. What fun I thought! What a novice I am is what I actually discovered. While the CD has ALL of the templates and the book has GREAT designs and photos NOWHERE are there tips on how to cut, fold or punch any of the designs. This disappointed me greatly. For Yee to be such a paper advocate I would have thought that at least the CD would have videos, photos or even links to other resources for any of the techniques he describes. This is not a book for someone who thinks they can sit down and build one in afternoon but if you want to build some skill with paper - this could be the inspirational book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Weinrich on November 22, 2013
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Origami? I don't think so. The definition of the word implies NO CUTTING, and as you can tell from the cover and the description, extensive cutting is required for these models. Paper art? Sure. But not origami by any stretch of the imagination.

If you want to see REAL origami of real buildings, just Google "origami parthenon" (or go to giladorigami.com/oridb.php?dbq=Parthenon to find instructions for a 3-D Parthenon folded without cuts or paste).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bilberry on September 21, 2012
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A very creative book with tons of pictures-That's the best part for me. You must have a lot of patience in order to make the models.
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By Amazon Customer on December 29, 2013
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Can't wait to get started on this. Each is so detailed and looks like intimidating fun so I will have to be patient.
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By Kayla on October 1, 2013
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This is so amazing. I haven't actually made any yet, since I want to savor the experience, but it is going to be so much fun once I do. They are so beautiful and intricate designs.
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By Øyvind Østenseth on September 1, 2013
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Great book :) A fine hobby to start. I've put together one model so far and will continue to try them all.
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