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The LEGO Architect Hardcover – Illustrated, September 1, 2015
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|The LEGO Architect||The LEGO Architecture Idea Book||The LEGO Neighborhood Book||The LEGO Neighborhood Book 2||LEGO Micro Cities||Beautiful LEGO|
|Author||Tom Alphin||Alice Finch||Brian Lyles and Jason Lyles||Brian Lyles and Jason Lyles||Jeff Friesen||Mike Doyle|
|Suggested age range||10+||10+||10+||10+||10+||10+|
|Description||Learn the history of architecture via stunning LEGO models, and try your hand at building your own models in a variety of architectural styles.||Clever building tips provide endless inspiration for creating impressive structures with realistic architectural elements.||Best-selling introduction to creating a LEGO neighborhood complete with houses, shops, and apartment buildings.||Step-by-step instructions show how to build detailed LEGO models of neighborhoods in this best-selling second volume.||Build beautiful LEGO cities in the palm of your hand with the help of stunning photos, detailed instructions, and ideas for customization.||A collection of striking LEGO art ranging from real life models to mythical creatures. Includes interviews with dozens of artists.|
|Builds include||St. Paul's Cathedral, Gamble House, art deco movie theater, air traffic control tower, university building, and a train station||Brickwork, wall cladding and shingles, framing, curved and patterned walls, molding, windows, columns, towers, doors, and roof design||Corner café, drugstore, apartments and houses, exterior detailing, and interior design||Italianate row house, toy store, embassy, war monument, city houses, emergency services, and a harbor||Subway, city hall, dragon crossing, hyperloop, hydro dam, and trains||Famous monuments, motorcycles, animals, mythical creatures, and spaceships|
|Product description||192 pp. full color book; hardcover||232 pp. full color book; hardcover||204 pp. full color book; paperback||192 pp. full color book; paperback||200 pp. full color book; hardcover||280 pp. full color book; paperback|
"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
- Item Weight : 1.73 pounds
- Hardcover : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781593276133
- ISBN-13 : 978-1593276133
- Dimensions : 9.25 x 0.6 x 9.25 inches
- Publisher : No Starch Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2015)
- Reading level : 10 and up
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1593276133
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 withheld two stars because getting the pieces is a bit of a hassle. I had the Architecture Set and there are many critical pieces needed to build any of the sets. The author goes to some lengths to make it easy to order the pieces through his web site, but it’s not perfect and it seems there are better ways he could have done this. If you’re an AFOL your experience will help. If you’re an educator or a parent, it’s very possible you will start building and realize that you lack some pieces.
- Order the pieces when you buy the book (go to Tom’s site for instructions how to do so).
- Inspect the order in your cart and once you receive it.
That said, the book is highly worth the effort and time.
Tom does an excellent job describing the history of architeture which as a long ago history major I knew little about! He also has excellent photos of the different styles of architecture and then gives easy to follow step by step instructions on how to create a model representing each style.
As an interior designer and manufacture of my REAL SIZE dome kits I became inspired to see if I can create one of my dodecahedron domes using LEGO pieces!
I plan to use the pieces to also create my new Sea Yacht House!
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The only issue is economically getting hold of the required blocks to build the models. Although the book itself only costs £15, you will likely end up shelling out a lot more to get the pieces. Even if you have quite an reasonable Lego collection you would be unlikely to have all the pieces required to make even one of these models. A quick google brings up a couple of really useful websites providing information on the bricks required and guides to getting hold of them. The Lego Architecture Studio set is a good place to start, however it has been discontinued and is not cheap to get hold of.
Instead, it has photos of all sorts of well-made Lego models of famous buildings, all built by people who are NOT the author, including the Acropolis, Notre Dame, St Pauls cathedral, Habitat 67 in Montreal, Taipei 101 etc. but it doesn't tell you how to build any of them! Instead it tells you how to build lots of small random models including an 'office' building, a 'university' building, an air traffic control tower, an art deco movie theatre, Lever House in NYC - wait, what? We could have had the Empire State building, Rockafeller, Guggenheim, the Ghost busters fire station, 55 Central Park West, Flat Iron, Chrysler building, One World Trade centre, Grand Central station, St. Patrick's cathedral etc. but instead we get Lever House. I'd never even heard of Lever House until buying this book!
This book is a great big disappointment as it doesn't explain how to build ANY famous buildings just random things that you wouldn't want to build. I suggest the author builds a giant Lego prison out of grey bricks only and places himself inside.
Interesting from the architectural point of view and with plans so you can make them.No bricks with the book though!
Not just for those who like Lego
Its a great book showing what is capable by using thought and lego bricks to create unique architecture.