Invitation to Architecture: Discovering Delight in the World Built Around Us

Overview

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 and 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 and Shelley Brock explore these and many other questions as they present a compelling case for the importance of architecture in our ...

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Overview

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 and 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 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. “Durability,” “utility,” and “beauty” are the three pillars on which Invitation to Architecture is built. 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 are as relevant today as they were over 2,000 years ago.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621138372
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 782,419
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Max Jacobson, founding partner in the internationally respected California firm JSWD Architects, has been practicing architecture for almost 40 years. Co-author of A Pattern Language and Patterns of Home (the latter published by The Taunton Press), Max has been a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley and is currently Instructor of Architecture at Diablo Valley College in California.

Shelley Brock is a licensed architect who enjoys exploring the design process with beginning architecture students. She brings a background in art history, literature, and language study to the project of deepening awareness of the built environment and the profound effect it has on our daily lives

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Awakening to the Pleasures of Architecture
2. What Is Architecture (and What Isn’t)
3. Firmitas: The Strength of Architecture
4. Utilitas: The Usefulness of Architecture
5. Venustas: The Beauty of Architecture

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