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ABC of Architecture is an accessible, nontechnical introduction to architectural structure, history, and criticism. Author James F. O'Gormon moves seamlessly from a discussion of the most basic inspiration for architecture (the need for shelter from the elements), to an exploration of space, system, and material, and, finally, to an examination of the language and historyABC of Architecture is an accessible, nontechnical introduction to architectural structure, history, and criticism. Author James F. O'Gormon moves seamlessly from a discussion of the most basic inspiration for architecture (the need for shelter from the elements), to an exploration of space, system, and material, and, finally, to an examination of the language and history of architecture. He shows the nonspecialist how to read a design in plans, sections, and elevations, and how architects, like other artists, make creative use of space and light....

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ISBN : 9780812216318
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 144 Pages
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  • Samuel
    2018-10-08 19:32

    This is a book I wish I would have read 10 years ago. It is very basic; perfect for someone considering or about to start a program in architecture. It lays out some fundamental vocabulary and ways of thinking about spatial relations. Building off of the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius' three components of building (Utilitas, Firmitas, and Venustas), O'Gorman organizes his book to explore the three fundamental interdependent components of architecture. The ABCs of architecture are function, structure, and beauty which are best depicted respectively in plan, section, and elevation with the prime determinants being given by the client, constructor/engineer, and architect. This theme of keeping things simple and clear with a consistent three-part division of architecture works quite well for an introductory overview of what gets talked about in architecture school, theory, and practice. By no means is it exhaustive, however, and I believe--having completed a Bachelor's degree in Architecture at UC Berkeley, that most of this stuff gets covered very quickly and almost implicitly within a month of the program. But like I said, with a nervous anxiety of being just about to start architecture school, I think this would be the perfect read to instill a bit of confidence and basic vocabulary to get one started. There are a few overly-simplified divisions (particularly classical vs. picturesque) and obvious omissions (a discussion of modernism for example), but otherwise it is fairly beautiful in its simple organization and execution.

  • Myblather
    2018-10-11 21:47

    Excellent overview. I loved the illustrations. It was great until the last chapter on vocabulary. He should have skipped that. I didn't really get the architectural puns (if that is what those were) and without illustrations it was useless. I didn't finish that chapter. I will get my vocabulary from a book I have already picked up that has illustrations.One more thing. I was unsure what the author's attitude toward Frank Lloyd Wright was. He made a couple of comments about FLW and I didn't understand them. Did he think FLW was over rated or under rated?

  • Funda
    2018-10-03 23:34

    Although repetitive, accessible enough to understand as a novice to this field with sufficient content to stay engaged. Seemed to be more a teaching perspective initially then fell into almost stream of consciousness description of concepts in architecture. Drawings were helpful in understanding written concepts/definitions.

  • Ethan Johnson
    2018-10-04 22:46

    Not my favorite. Had some enlightening parts, but it felt sort of rambling most of the time. Still, did have some nice illustrations and insights.

  • Jasonarasim
    2018-09-28 21:41

    Nice beginner book of architecutre

  • Gweneth
    2018-10-03 20:22

    Great introductory read.