Analysing Architecture

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Now in its fourth edition, Analysing Architecture has become internationally established as the best introduction to architecture. Aimed primarily at those wishing to become professional architects, it also offers those in disciplines related to architecture (from archaeology to stage design, garden design to installation art), a clear and accessible insight into the workings of this rich and fascinating subject. With copious illustrations from his own notebooks, the author dissects examples from around the world...

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Overview

Now in its fourth edition, Analysing Architecture has become internationally established as the best introduction to architecture. Aimed primarily at those wishing to become professional architects, it also offers those in disciplines related to architecture (from archaeology to stage design, garden design to installation art), a clear and accessible insight into the workings of this rich and fascinating subject. With copious illustrations from his own notebooks, the author dissects examples from around the world and all periods of history to explain underlying strategies in architectural design and show how drawing may be used as a medium for analysis.

This new edition of Analysing Architecture is revised and expanded. Notably, the chapter on ‘Basic Elements of Architecture’ has been enlarged to discuss the ‘powers’ various architectural elements offer the architect. Three new chapters have been added to the section on ‘Themes in Spatial Organisation’, covering ‘Occupying the In-between’, ‘Inhabited Wall’ and ‘Refuge and Prospect’. Two new examples – a Mud House from Kerala, India and the Mongyo-tei (a tea house) from Kyoto, Japan – have been added to the ‘Case Studies’ at the end of the book. The ‘Select Bibliography’ has been expanded and the ‘Index’ revised.

Works of architecture are instruments for managing, orchestrating, modifying our relationship with the world around us. They frame just about everything we do. Architecture is complex, subtle, frustrating… but ultimately extremely rewarding. It can be a difficult discipline to get to grips with; nothing in school quite prepares anyone for the particular demands of an architecture course. But this book will help.

Analysing Architecture is the foundation volume of a series of books by Simon Unwin exploring the workings of architecture. Other books in the series include Twenty Buildings Every Architect Should Understand and Exercises in Architecture.

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Uses drawings of past architectural works as the principle means of analysis. Explores themes such as architecture as identification of place; basic, modifying and multi-tasked elements of architecture; primitive place types; frame making; temples and cottages; the use of geometry; space and structure; parallel walls; and stratification, transition and hierarchy. Includes case studies on works such as the Fitzwilliam College chapel, the Schminke house, Merrist Wood, the Vanna Venturi house, and the Woodland chapel. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"Excellent in every way - a core book along with An Architectural Notebook by him"– Terry Robson, Teaching Fellow in Architecture at the University of Bath, UK

"Probably the best introductory book on architecture" – Andrew Higgott, Lecturer in Architecture at the University of East London, UK

"I think this is an excellent book and I will continue to recommend it to my students."– Donald Hanlon, Professor at the Department of Architecture, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, US

"This book opens a fresh way to understanding architecture. It offers a unique 'notebook' of architectural strategies to present an engaging introduction to elements and concepts in architectural design. Beautifully illustrated throughout with the author's original drawings, examples are drawn from across the world and many periods of architectural history...one of the key texts in architectural education."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415719162
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/14/2014
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Unwin is Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of Dundee, Scotland. He has lived in Great Britain and Australia, and taught or lectured on his work in China, Israel, India, Sweden, Turkey and the United States. Analysing Architecture’s international relevance is indicated by its translation into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish and its adoption for architecture courses around the world. Simon Unwin continues to teach at The Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff, UK.

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Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction. How Analysis Helps Design. Architecture as Identification of Place. Basic Elements of Architecture. Modifying Elements of Architecture. Elements Doing More Than One Thing. Using Things That Are There. Primitive Place Types. Architecture as Making Frames. Temples and Cottages. Geometries of Being. Ideal Geometry. Themes in Spatial Organisation: Space and Structure. Themes in Spatial Organisation: Parallel Walls. Themes in Spatial Organisation: Stratification. Themes in Spatial Organisation: Transition, Hierarchy, Heart. Themes in Spatial Organisation: Occupying the In-Between. Themes in Spatial Organisation: Inhabited Wall. Themes in Spatial Organisation: Refuge and Prospect. Postscripts. Case Studies. Acknowledgements. Select Bibliography and References.

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