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A Visual Dictionary of Architecture [Paperback]

Francis D. K. Ching
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Sept. 6 2011 0470648856 978-0470648858 2
The classic, bestselling reference on architecture now revised and expanded!

An essential one-volume reference of architectural topics using Francis D.K. Ching's signature presentation. It is the only dictionary that provides concise, accurate definitions illustrated with finely detailed, hand-rendered drawings. From Arch to Wood, every concept, technology, material and detail important to architects and designers are presented in Ching's unique style.

  • Combining text and drawing, each term is given a minimum double-page spread on large format trim size, so that the term can be comprehensively explored, graphically showing relations between concepts and sub-terms
  • A comprehensive index permits the reader to locate any important word in the text.
  • This long-awaited revision brings the latest concepts and technology of 21st century architecture, design and construction to this classic reference work

It is sure to be by the side of and used by any serious architect or designer, students of architecture, interior designers, and those in construction.


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' It is the only dictionary that provides concise, accurate definitions illustrated with finely detailed, hand-rendered drawings'. (Ad-Hoc-News, 22 November 2011)

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Presented in Francis D.K. Ching's signature style, this long-awaited Second Edition of A Visual Dictionary of Architecture is a remarkable, one-of-a-kind compendium that combines textual definitions and hundreds of superb line drawings to illuminate a comprehensive body of essential terms in architecture, including important interrelationships between building components. Grouped by themes, such as history, systems, structures, forms, construction, environmental issues, and behavior, all terms have their visual complement and can be readily accessed in a number of different ways.

Whether you're an architect, interior designer, construction practitioner, or simply interested in the field of architecture, A Visual Dictionary of Architecture, Second Edition provides an authoritative source of information for tracking down an elusive word—and a delight for simple armchair browsing.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Jan. 14 2014
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Delivery was fast and the product is in perfect condition. Unbelievable how much information and detail has been crammed into this book. Awesome value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding Dec 27 2012
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Anything by Ching is an astounding combination of jaw dropping graphics, good and concise information, and a reminder why we all went into architecture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Resource April 5 2013
By Kevin C. Still - Published on Amazon.com
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Worth every penny. Having the diagrams along with definitions and examples really helps clarify architectural elements and vocabulary. Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference Oct. 10 2013
By Tanya D Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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Drawings are detailed, easy to read. Every designer & architect should have this book in their personal collection for reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource Dec 31 2012
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This was a gift for my Sister-in-law who is an architect. She loved it! It is a resources she wanted for more obscure elements she doesn't use on a frequent basis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference tool! Feb. 7 2013
By Afelle - Published on Amazon.com
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Priceless addition to the serious architecture student's reference library.Any book by Dr. Ching is a worthwhile investment in your education.
5.0 out of 5 stars great book Feb. 23 2014
By Mike Smee - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is another great one that any architect should have in their library. Ching graphically explains architecture in a way that is helpful to all ability levels.
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