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The Story of Buildings: From the Pyramids to the Sydney Opera House and Beyond Hardcover – March 11, 2014
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The remaining chapters focus on a particular building, starting with the Pyramid of Djoser and ending with the Straw Bale House in London, England. Each chapter tells background information on the place the building is located, the culture/people, and the building itself. A large foldout 2 page illustration is then provided to show finer details of the building itself. The book has a nice flow to it, because it's like reading a linear evolution of buildings. He starts with Egypt, moves to Greece, then Rome, etc. and manages to paint a beautiful picture with words to accompany the many beautiful illustrations by Stephen Biesty. This is a great book for children and adults alike and reminds me of David Macaulay's books. This is a great book for getting kids interested in architecture and engineering.
The drawings are all isometrics and axonometrics - all pretty much cut from the same cloth. The consistency is nice for beginners, but loses its punch on about the fourth or fifth building. Again, great for elementary, a little too basic for older young adults. Nonetheless, great for our intentions.
purchased July 2015
I'm sure smart kids will love this book, but as an adult who still loves Stephen Biesty, I was a little let down.
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Great read! Loved learning the history behind these famous buildings. The illustrations are well-drawn and aid the reader in understanding how the buildings were constructed.Published 1 month ago by Bread Baker Annie
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