ABC of Architecture

ABC of Architecture 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 inspirat

  • Title: ABC of Architecture
  • Author: James F. O'Gorman Dennis E. McGrath
  • ISBN: 9780812216318
  • Page: 226
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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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    1. 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, st [...]

    2. 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 under [...]

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

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