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Architecture: Form, Space, and Order

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The Second Edition of this classic introduction to the principles of architecture is everything you would expect from the celebrated architect, author, and illustrator, Francis D. K. Ching. Each page has been meticulously revised to incorporate contemporary examples of the principles of form, space, and order - the fundamental vocabulary of every designer. The result is a beautifully illustrated volume that embraces today's forms and looks at conventional models with a fresh perspective. Here, Ching examines ...
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Overview

The Second Edition of this classic introduction to the principles of architecture is everything you would expect from the celebrated architect, author, and illustrator, Francis D. K. Ching. Each page has been meticulously revised to incorporate contemporary examples of the principles of form, space, and order - the fundamental vocabulary of every designer. The result is a beautifully illustrated volume that embraces today's forms and looks at conventional models with a fresh perspective. Here, Ching examines every principal of architecture, juxtaposing images that span centuries and cross cultural boundaries to create a design vocabulary that is both elemental and timeless. Among the topics covered are point, line, plane, volume, proportion, scale, circulation, and the interdependence of form and space. While this revision continues to be a comprehensive primer on the ways form and space are interrelated and organized in the shaping of our environment, it has been refined to amplify and clarify concepts. In addition, the Second Edition contains numerous new hand-rendered drawings; expanded section on openings and scale; examples of contemporary architectural design elements; expanded chapter on design principles; new glossary and index categorized by the author; and new 8 1/2 x 11 upright trim. In the Second Edition of Architecture: Form, Space, and Order, the author has opted for a larger format and crisper images. Mr. Ching has retained the style of his hand-lettered text, a hallmark of each of his books. This rich source of architectural prototypes, each rendered in Mr. Ching's signature style, also serves as a guide to architectural drawing. Doubtless, many will want this handsome volume for the sheer beauty of it. Architects and students alike will treasure this book for its wealth of practical information and its precise illustrations. Mr. Ching has once again created a visual reference that illuminates the world of architectural form.
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"His classic introduction to the basic elements of architecture has served as a reference for both students and practicing architects for 30-plus years. Illustrated throughout with b&w diagrams and renderings, the third edition includes expanded sections on circulation, light, views, and site context; new material on environmental factors and building codes; and contemporary examples of form, space, and order." (Book News, February 2008)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118745083
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/29/2014
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 246,917
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

FRANCIS D.K. CHING is the bestselling author of numerous books on architecture and design, including A Global History of Architecture, Architectural Graphics, A Visual Dictionary of Architecture, Interior Design Illustrated, and Building Construction Illustrated, all published by Wiley. He is a registered architect and Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction ix

1 Primary Elements

Primary Elements 2

Point 4

Point Elements 5

Two Points 6

Line 8

Linear Elements 10

From Line to Plane 14

Plane 18

Planar Elements 20

Volume 28

Volumetric Elements 30

2 Form

Properties of Form 35

Shape 36

Primary Shapes 38

Circle 39

Triangle 40

Square 41

Surfaces 42

Curved Surfaces 43

Primary Solids 46

Regular & Irregular forms 50

Transformation of Form 54

Dimensional Transformation 56

Subtractive Form 58

Subtractive & Additive Forms 61

Additive Form 62

Centralized Form 64

Linear Form 66

Radial Form 70

Clustered Form 72

Grid Form 76

Formal Collisions of Geometry 78

Circle & Square 80

Rotated Grid 82

Articulation of Form 84

Edges & Corners 86

Surface Articulation 92

3 Form & Space

Form & Space: Unity of Opposites 102

Form Defining Space 110

Horizontal Elements Defining Space 111

Base Plane 112

Elevated Base Plane 114

Depressed Base Plane 120

Overhead Plane 126

Vertical Elements Defining Space 134

Vertical Linear Elements 136

Single Vertical Plane 144

L-Shaped Configuration of Planes 148

Parallel Vertical Planes 154

U-Shaped Planes 160

Four Planes: Closure 166

Four Planes: Enlosure 170

Openings in Space-Defining Elements 174

Openings within Planes 176

Openings at Corners 178

Openings between Planes 180

Qualities of Architectural Space 182

Degree of Enclosure 184

Light 186

View 190

4 Organization

Organization of Form & Space 196

Spatial Relationships 197

Space within a Space 198

Interlocking Spaces 200

Adjacent Spaces 202

Spaces Linked by a Common Space 204

Spatial Organizations 206

Centralized Organizations 208

Linear Organizations 218

Radial Organizations 228

Clustered Organizations 234

Grid Organizations 242

5 Circulation

Circulation: Movement through Space 252

Circulation Elements 253

Approach 254

Entrance 262

Configuration of the Path 276

Path-Space Relationships 290

Form of the Circulation Space 294

6 Proportion & Scale

Proportion & Scale 306

Material Proportions 307

Structural Proportions 308

Manufactured Proportions 310

Proportioning Systems 311

Golden Section 314

Regulating Lines 318

Classical Orders 320

Renaissance Theories 326

Modulor 330

Ken 334

Anthropometry 338

Scale 341

Visual Scale 342

Human Scale 344

A Scalar Comparison 346

7 Principles

Ordering Principles 350

Axis 352

Symmetry 360

Hierarchy 370

Datum 380

Rhythm 396

Repetition 397

Transformation 418

Conclusion 422

A Selected Bibliography 425

Glossary 427

Index of Buildings 435

Index of Designers 441

Index to Subject Matter 443

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2003

    I love this book!!!

    This is a truly wonderful book for both the beginning and advanced architectural student. The marriage of historically notable architectural structures and basic architectural principles is a great method of incorporating history into a student's design education. The advanced student should always be able to find inspiration from this book if he/she reaches a standstill in the design process.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2002

    One of the best books I own!!

    I bought this book recently and haven't put it down, it is a great reference book if you are at all interested in architecture and interior design.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Great Textbook For Design Students

    I am a begining Architectural design student and this is the book that was selected to use during class.It is very informative,easy to follow and will serve as a staple throughtout your design career. It's starts off basic and progresses. The graphics,illustrations, and steps are easy to follow so that you can learn to improve your design technique.

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