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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471288217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471288213
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 8.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,668 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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Very detailed book.
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This book is a must for any architecture student.
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Cannot say enough about this dictionary.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Thornton VINE VOICE on January 13, 2006
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Somewhere near the very beginning of my lecturing career, I showed a slide onscreen and was trying to point out a unique feature of a home. Gesturing toward the screen I said, "that thingie over the window..."

I was mortified. What a dreadful mistake for a "professional" lecturer to make!! Since I planned to give many more lectures, I came home and bought this book from Amazon.

When the parcel arrived, I quickly opened it and was delighted to find the easy-to-read drawings. Ching makes the most complex architectural graphics easy to see and understand. Using this book, I gave myself a crash course on "basic architectural terms" and since then, I've given 200 lectures and never used the word "THINGIE" again!!

Rose

author, California's Kit Homes

and "The Houses That Sears Built"
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
As with most of Francis D.K. Ching's publications, this is a fundamental resource to the student of architecture, as well as the practicing professional. The practice of architecture is intrinscially tied to the ability of the Architect to communicate complex ideas to a myriad of persons. To be succesful at this communication, one needs to be conversant in both the written/spoken language of architecture as well as the illustrative language of drawing. The Visual Dictionary exemplifies this concept. Organized around 68 essential concepts of design and construction - concisely written and beautifully illustrated - Francis Ching brings forth clarity in communication rarely experienced in the world of design and construction. I use this book in teaching, in practice, in reference, and in simple enjoyment. Again, a fundamental resource for the reference shelf - although it rarely sits on the shelf.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By M. Oh on August 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I believe this is a nice book to start architecture studies with. To know the definitions of words that relate to architecture is a great help in studying the subject. Memorizing all of these words would surely help you out understand any talk about architecture.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
I find Ching to be an artful genius. The sketches ideas and text in this book all conform in such a way to inspire and train the eye. He gives so much information on each page. You must look, read and study each page several times before you realize all they convey. Truly remarkable and architecturally-speaking, to-the-point in this age of "abstract", "didactic" architectonic psychobabble. Cheers to you Francis D.K. Ching
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By I. Gutierrez on September 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book was recommended to me by an architect for reviewing possible material on architecture license examinations. Graphically it's an excellent book. Bigger type letters would make it easier to read. Other than that, it's a great buy!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kaes Ali on November 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
a comprehensive collection of elements and discriptions for whatever peice of idea that has been thought of, a must have for those who really want to understand the details of the profession. Very well organized chapters, and i liked specially the coverage of nearlly all the styles old and new with nearly all the elements included in each style. Photoes are generously included but they could use some color to make them more appealing. it is nice i think if it was available on CD.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn F. Coen on August 29, 2006
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As with other materials by Francis D.K.Ching, the illustrations are not only clear and precise but aesthetically pleasing. It is a pleasure to read through the material for a comprehensive understanding of architectural concepts, presented in an historical perspective which clarifies the how and why of modern day building technology. The Visual Dictionary of Architecture

is an invaluable reference for the student and architectural practicioner as well.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Scott Knudsen on December 13, 2002
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If your a hobbyist architect like me you will find hundreds of tidbits of info on all aspects of building construction, and architecture in this book, all illustrated in superb pencil drawings.
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