Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Qty:1
  • List Price: $24.95
  • Save: $5.14 (21%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 12 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Writing About Architectur... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Fast shipping from Amazon! Qualifies for Prime Shipping and FREE standard shipping for orders over $35. Overnight, 2 day and International shipping available! Excellent Customer Service.. May not include supplements such as CD, access code or DVD.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 9 images

Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities (Architecture Briefs) Paperback – February 29, 2012

4.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$19.81
$7.76 $6.62

Top 20 lists in Books
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
$19.81 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 12 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities (Architecture Briefs)
  • +
  • Writing Architecture: A Practical Guide to Clear Communication about the Built Environment
Total price: $36.51
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

"Nothing short of miraculous.... Lange's book goes into the "nuts-and bolts" level of wordsmithing architectural experiences with a poetic lyricism and technical precision as no book before it. Use it often and you'll never think of the word "critic" pejoratively again." ---ArchNewsNow

"In Writing About Architecture, Lange recognizes the stakes inherent in the act of describing place. While she certainly is pushing writers, readers and her students to aim for clarity in criticism, Lange goes much further, arguing that architecture critics be invested intellectually and emotionally in the world that surrounds them. The iconic critics Lange celebrates enliven the spaces they write about - whether they love them or hate them. They notice things. They're steeped in history, in context and provenance. They take their time. They make the reader want to experience the spaces described." --- Allison Arieff, The New York Times

"It's not only a delight to read - Jacobs' vivid 1961 description of the everyday ballet on Manhattan's Hudson Street alone is worth the $24.95 price of admission - but an instructive treatise on how great criticisms come to be." -- Architects + Artisans

"Lange analyzes her key texts with great care and perceptiveness, and happily she is wide ranging in her taste... She understands that the purpose of writing about architecture is to build a constituency for better design, to help people see, to help them feel more agency over the built environment-and to help them take joy in architecture's great moments. She's good at doing that herself, and this book will help others do it, too." --- Paul Goldberger, The Architect's Newspaper

About the Author

Alexandra Lange is an architecture and design critic, journalist, and historian. Her work has appeared in The Architect's Newspaper, Design Observer, Dwell, Icon, Metropolis, New York Magazine, and The New York Times, and she teaches architecture criticism at NYU and the School of Visual Arts. She blogs in the Observers Room at Design Observer weekly, and is also active on Twitter (@langealexandra) and Tumblr (abitlate.tumblr.com).
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Interested in the Audiobook Edition?
If you’re the author, publisher, or rights holder of this book, let ACX help you produce the audiobook.Learn more.

Product Details

  • Series: Architecture Briefs
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; paperback / softback edition (February 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616890533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616890537
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I like this book a lot.

The book has three weaving threads that bind interesting issues.

The first thread is introduction of multiple writers (Mumford, Huxatable,
Muschamp, Goldberger, Sorkin, Kamin, Sullivan, Jacobs, etc);
The second thread is introduction of diverse urban and architectural perspectives;
and the third thread is, in showing first and second, Prof. Lange was able to show
how each writer's perspective shaped the style of ones writing and
the constructs of ones writing.

I guess good writings help us to shape a new perspective about the subject matter.
This book does this job diligently. Not only does this book help us to write
clearly about architecture, but also it helps us to categorize viewpoints of each writer
and their writing style.

By selecting a certain piece of writing of each writer,
Prof. Lange illustrates her ways of seeing physical environment and
effective ways (paragraph constructs, sentence tones, and vocabulary selections, etc)
of delivering that perspective.

If a prospect reader is an avid architecture reader, all the sample writings
are pretty familiar, hence, such reader will enjoy more about Prof. Lange's
analysis on each critics' viewpoints and their corresponding writing style.
That is the real beauty of this book.

I personally enjoyed Prof. Lange's writings more than the great writers of
past and present.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
An excellent textbook comparing well known architectural critics (Huxtable, Mumford, Muschamp, Jacobs etc) with each other by looking at their different approaches, themes styles etc. I am a layman and got a lot out of it. It is extraordinarily well written, clear and concise.
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A diverse selection of previously published articles by some of the nation's foremost critics accompanied by thematic essays compel readers to think about architecture and its impact on communities more deeply. The book assembles, deconstructs, analyzes, and explains in a manner that encourages readers not only to look at buildings and landscapes more critically but to write about them in order to create better communities.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a very good book I would recommend to all architecture students... and to some professionals as well!!! Digital copy is a must have!
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities (Architecture Briefs)
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
This item: Writing About Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities (Architecture Briefs)

Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: fiction writing