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Finally, I found an architect's reference book which did not read like a manual!

A highly important design book
"In the same way current thinkers and writers stand on the shoulders of literary giants before them, designers are also deeply indebted to the long-gone geniuses"

Just What Architecture Ordered
"Architects, Builders, Designers and Homeowners: if you are thinking about and/or are designing buildings...GET THIS BOOK! no longer taught in architecture school... a great pocket reference in how to create a building that will last... It is the first in a series, so I cannot wait to see more!"

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Shannon Scarlett, a registered architect, has worked for thirty years in the Boston area. Her practice focuses primarily on residential projects, additions, renovations, new house plans... Ms. Scarlett believes it is imperative that architects take a leading role in helping educate the general public--especially those interested in good design, but having no idea where to begin, be it homeowners, builders, or architecture students. It is only a first step, but knowledge itself has great potential for improving the aesthetics, meaning and overall feel of our currently uninspired living environments. on the Simple Rules book page she posed a question, and would love to hear peoples thoughts. "what are your thoughts on the design quality of the average American home?" As author of Simple Rules, my opinion is already clear. I believe we can do better, but we need the tools to get there. I'd love to hear what other avenues people might suggest we take to improve the suburban experience. Check it out if you are thinking about or in the process of building a new house; drafting or drawing your own house plans; if you are a carpenter or house plan designer looking for an easy to use builder design guide; or if you have a general interest in house design and architecture.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484152077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484152072
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,920,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I must say that I am very impressed by the content in this book; honestly, I wasn't expecting too much when I first got it - but the material went way above and beyond my initial expectations and I found it incredibly helpful and informative. What I admire the most about this book is how concise and clear the author expresses even the most complex systems and formulas into a way that is easy to understand and learn from. The book is very detailed and sophisticated but this writing style of the author compliments the content really well due to the practicality and understandability that it's written in. This book is perfect for any kind of architect, whether the reader is a beginner or an expert - they will definitely be able to learn a lot
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Boston-based architect Shannon Scarlett has written something that I believe will influence current and future designers. `Simple Rules' is more or less a detailed discussion of how people designed and built structures in the past few centuries.

As you know, designers do not really create something out of thin air--they basically survey what has been made and when, and build from there. In the same way current thinkers and writers stand on the shoulders of literary giants before them, designers are also deeply indebted to the long-gone geniuses who created those palatial homes, monuments, and other staggeringly beautiful structures that still drop our jaws today. And Scarlett's book brings those design concepts to the fore in a neat, solid, all-in-one volume. `Simple Rules', therefore, have a great practical use for all types of designers--and by "designer" I refer to everyone who uses design ideas to make a place better--from professional architects to adventurous home-owners who just want to give their home better character.

Scarlett has closely studied the design principles from as far back as the 18th century, and selected those she found exceptional and worth salvaging. And by bringing these time-tested design concepts to the attention and perusal of the modern reader, we can expect to witness a resurgence in design innovation--who knows what creative mind will read this book and, out of the designs found here, create something utterly new and astonishing.

The good news is that this is apparently the first book in a series--and if the subsequent titles are as good as this one, I have good reason to believe Shannon Scarlett is starting something phenomenal for the field of design, in the same way Strunk and White did with English grammar with their book `Elements of Style' many decades ago. A resounding five stars!
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Architect Shannon Taylor Scarlett shares concepts and techniques from 18th, 19th, and early 20th century references and guides, exploring the reasons behind what makes some structures beautiful, and others not so much.

In this beautifully simplistic and brief read (111p), the author has created a sort of builder handbook / designs guide which focuses on 25 simple rules for designing beautiful architecture- with the aim to help regain forgotten and abandoned techniques for achieving balance and meaning in architecture, making it aesthetically beautiful.

As a sometimes-home renovator/flipper myself, I have always been drawn to older houses because of their character and charm. What I have always loved is the attention to detail, balance, and craftsmanship, which seem almost entirely lacking in more modern homes. In the book, Shannon Taylor Scarlett presents an almost poetic take on what makes great architecture so great, and so beautiful.

I would suggest that this book is not just for designers and builders, but also artists, anyone interested in architecture, and those who enjoy the charm and character of older homes and structures. A very interesting little book with much to offer.

I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.
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I would not consider this a book. it is a collection of quotes mostly. pictures are tiny and I can't zoom in on them. What a disappointment and waste of my money.
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I found the tips and guides in the book to be practical and accurate. It is a must have for all homeowners. The only drawback is the lack of clarity of the illustrations on Kindle.
I will endeavour to get a hardcopy.
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As an author, I'm always on the look out for excellent reference materials. This book is one of the few which have been written precise, informative but quite entertaining. The author did an excellent job writing a technical book in such an interesting fashion.

GREAT JOB!
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I expected a book on building construction. Instead, I held in my hand a quite readable book with the rare merging of art and science. I now fully understand why we pay architects money to transform a boxy plan in our heads to something both functional and beautiful. This will be a rare book in my collection because I plan to buy the paperback as well.
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