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101 Things I Learned in Architecture School (MIT Press) Hardcover – August 31, 2007
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Concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process, and presentation, from the basics of "How to Draw a Line" to the complexities of color theory. 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School
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Top Customer Reviews
The book contains advice on both the technical and the intellectual. Hints for everything from lettering to post modern theory share page space with reminders as varied as 'design in section' to 'if you can't explain your design in terms your grandmother understands, you don't understand your own design.'
Nearly everything in the book is a hit. Even the cover is made from chip board. If you're a poor architecture student, scrape together some coffee money and get a copy. If you're already an architect, get a copy and remember a time before design problems were strip malls and warehouses.
Unfortunately, the eBook version's page layout is a failure. It has the same content, but the layout is completely messed up. For a given illustration, the *previous* explanation appears on the same page, without any visual indication that it is so. It is thus very hard to read and utterly confusing. I'm surprised the publisher messed up the layout of this book so badly. The font is also weirdly huge. I was so disappointed. Don't buy this eBook version until they fix the layout.
Each principle is stated in a sentence or two, with an accompanying illustration. Some are specific little rules (the pointlessness of spitting a room with a single step; people are wider in the Winter); some are perspective shaping (about negative space; about meandering ways of getting to somewhere often beating direct ways). The illustrations are elegant and compliment each principle perfectly. You'll find yourself idling over each, as the lessons behind the lessons sink in.
If you have any asthetic inclinations but find yourself dealing too much with words, open this beautiful little book and feel those old synapses firing up.
Great gift too.
I wasn't sure what to think when I saw the mixed reviews, and some pretty heavy criticism. But as an architect myself, I think it's a very cool little book. I wish my friends would read it. I'm interested in buying the other books (Business, Culinary School, Film, etc.).
"101 Things I Learned in Architecture School" is an enjoyable, well-designed little book.
As a registered architect since 1968 I sometimes wish I could do a better job of making others understand why we do what we do. Matthew Frederick has captured the essence of what makes most of us tick. Lend this book to non-architect friends and to clients. If you don't get it back, buy another.
From No. 1 "How to draw a line", to No. 101 "Architects are late bloomers", and my favorite, No. 72 "Design with models", this book is a gem.
If at first glance this chipboard covered book seems a bit peculiar, don't despair, all your reservations will disappear once you start scanning the pages. Each spread contains a diagram and short description of a concept or technique every designer should know. Starting with "How to draw a line" to "Architects are late bloomers" this book represents a great summary of concepts every design student should learn at least once in their lives.
I have heard some readers critique this publication based on the fact that it is not 'technical' enough. I agree, this little book is not 'technical'. But given the title and the price (less than $12) I suspect the disappointment is largely due to unrealistic expectations rather than to bad content. Given the title, binding and description, it is clear that this was never intended to be a graphic standard , structural manual or code summary. Given the author's introduction I am of the opinion that this little book succeeds splendidly in its intent - providing an overview of 101 Things students learn (and so easily forget) in Architecture School.
It is most certainly guaranteed to jump-start design solutions, motivate, and entertain - only three of the possible 101 uses you'll discover for "101 Things".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got this book for my wife as a gift after she graduated with her Master's in Architecture. She said she'd been planning on buying it for a while, so I surprised her with it and she... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Daniel
Many of the 101 pronouncements in this book are very technical -- About design, drawing technique, building layout, etc. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Josh H. Knight
Fantastic book. I learned more from this book in 30 minutes than days spent reading unnecessarily verbose architecture texts.Published 2 months ago by Mason G. Petty
I got this book to begin learning the basics of architecture. And it's AWESOME. Easily laid out, nice examples and a lot of sense.Published 3 months ago by stacey
Im an Architecture student and all I can say this book is ON POINT! I really recommend it!Published 3 months ago by Chavely
A funny read for those of us who suffered through architecture school and a little insight into why we're who we are for those who did not sit beside us.Published 4 months ago by Luther-sMom