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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: 9780471286165
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 11.01 (h) x 1.05 (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
Introduction
1 Primary Elements
2 Form
3 Form & Space
4 Organization
5 Circulation
6 Proportion & Scale
7 Principles
Conclusion
Bibliography
Glossary
Index
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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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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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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