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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2001
As with most of Francis D.K. Ching's publications, this is a fundamental resource to the student of architecture, as well as the practicing professional. The practice of architecture is intrinscially tied to the ability of the Architect to communicate complex ideas to a myriad of persons. To be succesful at this communication, one needs to be conversant in both the written/spoken language of architecture as well as the illustrative language of drawing. The Visual Dictionary exemplifies this concept. Organized around 68 essential concepts of design and construction - concisely written and beautifully illustrated - Francis Ching brings forth clarity in communication rarely experienced in the world of design and construction. I use this book in teaching, in practice, in reference, and in simple enjoyment. Again, a fundamental resource for the reference shelf - although it rarely sits on the shelf.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 1999
Every serious student of architecture and consumate professional in the architectural field should have and read this book. I keep going back to it over and over. It works quite well as a dictionary of terms and most importantly as a source of great inspiration. Ching is perhaps the best architectural artist of our time. The pencil graphics and representations found throughout the text are amazing. The book energizes my imagination each time I open it. Simply astounding! A work of art!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2001
a comprehensive collection of elements and discriptions for whatever peice of idea that has been thought of, a must have for those who really want to understand the details of the profession. Very well organized chapters, and i liked specially the coverage of nearlly all the styles old and new with nearly all the elements included in each style. Photoes are generously included but they could use some color to make them more appealing. it is nice i think if it was available on CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 1999
I find Ching to be an artful genius. The sketches ideas and text in this book all conform in such a way to inspire and train the eye. He gives so much information on each page. You must look, read and study each page several times before you realize all they convey. Truly remarkable and architecturally-speaking, to-the-point in this age of "abstract", "didactic" architectonic psychobabble. Cheers to you Francis D.K. Ching
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 1999
Every serious student of ARCHITECTURE as well as your consumate professionals in the architecture field should buy and read this book. I continue to read it over and over. I go back to it often not only to find definitions but to be inspired. Ching is perhaps thee best architectural artist of our era. His delicate sketches and diagrams unlock all the crevices of your imagination. Simply astounding-GENIUS!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 1999
Every serious student of ARCHITECTURE as well as your consumate professionals in the architecture field should buy and read this book. I continue to read it over and over. I go back to it often not only to find definitions but to be inspired. Ching is perhaps thee best architectural artist of our era. His delicate sketches and diagrams unlock all the crevices of your imagination. Simply astounding-GENIUS!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2006
The amount of information in here is incredible this will take me years to absorb not that I am complaining
A happy customer
Thanks Francis
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2002
If your a hobbyist architect like me you will find hundreds of tidbits of info on all aspects of building construction, and architecture in this book, all illustrated in superb pencil drawings.
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on November 19, 2013
Great illustrations is handy and efficient way to look for something by proximity or association even if you don't know what it is called or defined as.
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on March 7, 1999
I saw this book in spanish version in the Casa Viva magazine, please what do I do to have this book in spanish version?
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