- Paperback: 367 pages
- Publisher: Artifice Inc; dual platform CD-ROM edition (July 31, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0966709845
- ISBN-13: 978-0966709841
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 2.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,823,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Great Buildings Collection : A Designer's Library of Architecture on CD-ROM dual platform CD-ROM Edition
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It's one thing to read about a great work of architecture, quite another to gaze upon it. "The Great Buildings Collection, a Designer's Library of Architecture on CD-ROM" should please demanding aficionados unsatisfied with traditional architectural reference books, which are often short on renderings.
...Users will be able to summon to their computer screens 600 examples of architecture and landscape design, portrayed in color and black-and-white photographs and supplemented with architectural drawings, three-dimensional computer models, video clips, and sound...
The buildings in the collection vary in style, age and grandeur, from the legendary Palace of Minos at Knossos, Crete, dating from about 1700 B.C. to 1400 B.C., to I. M. Pei's Pyramide du Louvre (1989). Distinctive but not well known buildings like the Gregory Farmhouse in Santa Cruz, Calif. an example of regional design, built by William Wurster in 1926 and 1927, are also included.
While the graphics are plentiful, the texts accompanying each entry are brief enough to keep architectural encyclopedias in print. "The emphasis is on the graphics," Mr. Matthews said. -- New York Times, February 3, 1994
From the Author
Our 30-person team at the Design Integration Laboratory worked for four years to produce the original edition of The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. The new dual-platform version of Great Buildings from Artifice includes all the wonderful structures big and small, famous architects, and supporting information of the original, plus new color previews throughout, and enhanced live 3D walkthrough viewing. Our goal is to give you the modern version of a personal library of architecture, the equivalent of a whole shelf of carefully selected architecture books, in a compact and easy to use form. I hope you will enjoy the Collection itself, but more importantly, I hope you enjoy the many forms of beauty to be found within it.
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I've also visited the GreatBuildings.com website, where you can see hundreds of the buildings free of charge, but it's even better having it on the CD , because there are thousands more images, and you're not slowed down by the modem.