Invitation to Architecture

Invitation to Architecture

Discovering Delight in the World Built Around Us

Book - 2014
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Baker & Taylor
"This book is an informal, accessible guide to architecture for the layperson"--

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Expand your knowledge of the world around us. Look up. Look around. There’s architecture everywhere, from the homes in which we live to the buildings where we work, the historical sites we visit on vacation to the shopping malls we frequent on a daily basis. But what exactly is architecture and what differentiates it from mere “buildings”? How does it impact our lives? In this engaging, original work, architects Max Jacobson, one of the authors of the landmark design book A Pattern Language, and Shelley Brock explore these and many other questions as they present a compelling case for the importance of architecture in our day-to-day lives.

A beautiful, coffee table book…an elegant conversation piece…an educational resource for the entire family. One peek inside this glorious book, filled with 150 illustrations, and you’ll agree that architecture is not just for architects! Invitation to Architecture begins with a discussion of the many ways architecture influences our lives from our activities as young children to our everyday interests and interactions as adults. The book delves into the “great” buildings of the world and also explores the whole range of architectural works from indigenous structures to contemporary buildings.

Strength, usefulness, and beautythese are the three pillars on which Invitation to Architecture is built. There’s an exploration of the role of “durability,” “utility,” and “beauty” in architecture. These three concepts (originally coined by Vitruvius during the Roman empire as Firmitas, Utilitas, and Venustas) remain at the heart of what architecture strives for and they are as relevant today as they were over 2,000 years ago. Strength, usefulness, and beauty…the benefits you will derive from this captivating resource.

Publisher: Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, c2014
ISBN: 9781621138372
Branch Call Number: 720 JAC
Characteristics: 266 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Brock, Shelley


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Jun 30, 2016

Open-armed, patient, and enthusiastic... this is a terrific and concise invitation to architecture; numerous drawings; principles explained; rediscovers and advocates in a more sophisticated way the Vitruvian triad of firmness, utility, and beauty. No bibliography or recommended reading list, though it does make a few recommendations in bottom-of-page footnotes.

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