- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 5 and up
- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593276133
- ISBN-13: 978-1593276133
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 142 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The LEGO Architect 1st Edition
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"Stunning...be the Corbusier of LEGO."—Wall Street Journal
"As educational as it is fun, The LEGO Architect is full of bite-sized portions of architectural history, beginning with the first use of columns in ancient Egypt, back when they weren’t tiny and plastic."—The Huffington Post
About the Author
Tom Alphin is a UX Program Manager at Microsoft and a passionate LEGO fan. He maintains a blog about LEGO and other things at tomalphin.com
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Definitely a must-have for anyone who loves small scale modeling with LEGO; especially if you too have the LEGO Architecture Studio!
To those reviewers complaining about the models requiring the architecture LEGO set and the book being useless without it, I would like to re-read the prologue where the author explicitly states the all white models were used for clarity, but any colors will work and he encourages creativity continually throughout the book. Besides, not having the exact right piece is a cornerstone of the LEGO experience! If you don't have a slope piece, use your imagination and engineer something similar with what you do have... that's the Magic of LEGO and this book encapsulates it well.
I am a huge fan of the “You view it and you do it” genre of LEGO books and Tom Alphin’s The LEGO Architect book is a winner. Alphin introduces you to a particular style and description of architecture, then offers instructions so you can build an example yourself.
Unlike other building books that require a room-full of specialized bricks in a myriad of colors, Alphin sticks to small-scale models using only white bricks. These monochrome creations still look great while forcing you to focus on their defining attributes.
The LEGO Architect begins with an overview of neoclassical architecture and invites you to build a tiny domed building. Next you move on to prairie and art deco styles, modern and brutalist works, then wrap up with post-modern and high tech architecture. There’s a small model you can build that illustrates each style, yet it is pretty interesting to just look at the building instructions.
Alphin wraps up the book by profiling a few LEGO building experts while remaining true to the architectural theme. You will learn about scale, form, detail, color and the various types of bricks you can use to create your own architectural masterpieces.