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A superb visual reference to the principles of architecture

Now including interactive CD-ROM!

For more than thirty years, the beautifully illustrated Architecture: Form, Space, and Order has been the classic introduction to the basic vocabulary of architectural design. The updated Third Edition features expanded sections on circulation, light, views, and site context, along with new considerations of environmental factors, building codes, and contemporary examples of form, space, and order.

This classic visual reference helps both students and practicing architects understand the basic vocabulary of architectural design by examining how form and space are ordered in the built environment.? Using his trademark meticulous drawing, Professor Ching shows the relationship between fundamental elements of architecture through the ages and across cultural boundaries. By looking at these seminal ideas, Architecture: Form, Space, and Order encourages the reader to look critically at the built environment and promotes a more evocative understanding of architecture.

In addition to updates to content and many of the illustrations, this new edition includes a companion CD-ROM that brings the book's architectural concepts to life through three-dimensional models and animations created by Professor Ching.

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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: 9780471752165
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/29/2007
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 45,722
  • Product dimensions: 8.43 (w) x 10.83 (h) x 0.97 (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



1 Primary Elements.

Primary Elements.


Point Elements.

Two Points.


Linear Elements.

From Line to Plane.


Planar Elements.


Volumetric Elements.

2 Form.

Properties of Form.


Primary Shapes.





Curved Surfaces.

Primary Solids.

Regular & Irregular forms.

Transformation of Form.

Dimensional Transformation.

Subtractive Form.

Subtractive & Additive Forms.

Additive Form.

Centralized Form.

Linear Form.

Radial Form.

Clustered Form.

Grid Form.

Formal Collisions of Geometry.

Circle & Square.

Rotated Grid.

Articulation of Form.

Edges & Corners.

Surface Articulation.

3 Form & Space.

Form & Space: Unity of Opposites.

Form Defining Space.

Horizontal Elements Defining Space.

Base Plane.

Elevated Base Plane.

Depressed Base Plane.

Overhead Plane.

Vertical Elements Defining Space.

Vertical Linear Elements.

Single Vertical Plane.

L-Shaped Configuration of Planes.

Parallel Vertical Planes.

U-Shaped Planes.

Four Planes: Closure.

Summary Typology: Space-Defining Elements.

Openings in Space-Defining Elements.

Openings within Planes.

Openings at Corners.

Openings between Planes.

Qualities of Architectural Space.

Degree of Enclosure.



4 Organization.

Organization of Form & Space.

Spatial Relationships.

Space within a Space.

Interlocking Spaces.

Adjacent Spaces.

Spaces Linked by a Common Space.

Spatial Organizations.

Centralized Organizations.

Linear Organizations.

Radial Organizations.

Clustered Organizations.

Grid Organizations.

5 Circulation.

Circulation: Movement through Space.

Circulation Elements.



Configuration of the Path.

Path-Space Relationships.

Form of the Circulation Space.

6 Proportion & Scale.

Proportion & Scale.

Material Proportions.

Structural Proportions.

Manufactured Proportions.

Proportioning Systems.

Golden Section.

Regulating Lines.

Classical Orders.

Renaissance Theories.





Visual Scale.

Human Scale.

A Scalar Comparison.

7 Principles.

Ordering Principles.









A Selected Bibliography.



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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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    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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    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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