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on October 11, 2014
The book is very not clean and the pages of the book are damaging by water
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on November 25, 2013
This was a book for my son who is planning to take classes in this field. He was happy with the book. Sorry for not replying sooner.
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on September 19, 2013
This book is quite amazing, it thoughtfully touches on every imaginable factor relating to architecture and design. It has many hand drawn illustrations on every page to complement the rich and descriptive text. I would recommend this book to everyone - it is not just a book on architecture it is a work of art.
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on September 21, 2012
A great book for developing a knowledge of the concepts listed( form,space,order). I bought it to improve in my archictural drawing class and the images and descricptions aid in a self taught process. Very throrough with plenty of drawings from life.
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on October 19, 2011
Many clear and concise illustrations of design concepts. Useful for all architects, artists and designers.
I learn something each time I look through it as there is a lot to digest in this book.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon September 3, 2009
This book is elementary in the true sense of the word, presenting the basic components that create form, space and order in architecture. It is extremely methodical and organized. It actually starts off with the definition of a point before going on to lines, planes and volumes! The result is somewhat dull and often borders on platitudes. For instance, rhythm is defined as «a unifying movement characterized by a patterned repetition».

In fact, the book actually contains very little text but is abundantly illustrated with the author's black and white renderings, some of conceptual notions and the others of actual architectural works.

These are not restricted to the western world but include examples from the Middle East, India, China and Japan. However, no historical or cultural context is provided whatsoever. Also, hardly any 19th century structure is depicted and there is an anachronistically strong bias in favour of Modernism. Many examples are taken from Le Corbusier's (small) production and indeed he is given the final word with a quote from «Towards a New Architecture».

The book is totally impersonal and appears detached from its author, giving the impression of exposing absolute truths. This is insidious since many readers are certainly new to the field and the information provided is far from neutral. Program and context, for example, consistently appear as very secondary facets of architecture.

The CD integrated as a bonus is extremely basic but does include in addition to simple animation two elements absent from the printed book: colour and photographs. This is not devoid of interest but one wonders why the style is so utterly different.

Overall, this book cannot unfortunately be recommended as a worthwhile investment in time and money.
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