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Architecture is Elementary: Visual Thinking Through Architectural Concepts

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From ancient structures through the millennia of built environments worldwide, Architecture is Elementary is revised after twenty years in print. Winters updates his classic book on the foundation of architecture through discussions of the world's tallest buildings and landscape design, with emphasis on designing and reclaiming green spaces in metropolitan areas.

Already awarded for its unique illustrations in both number and quality, the book features fifty new illustrations of...

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Overview

From ancient structures through the millennia of built environments worldwide, Architecture is Elementary is revised after twenty years in print. Winters updates his classic book on the foundation of architecture through discussions of the world's tallest buildings and landscape design, with emphasis on designing and reclaiming green spaces in metropolitan areas.

Already awarded for its unique illustrations in both number and quality, the book features fifty new illustrations of recent and planned buildings. The original edition was voted one of the top 20 on architecture by the National Librarians Association.

The new layout, new lesson materials, and current examples of future thinking in the world of architecture make this a must-have for every serious teacher, student and practitioner of architecture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586858292
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/2/2005
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,374,507
  • Product dimensions: 10.42 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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"Ruskin said: 'Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts, the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art. Not one of these books can be understood unless we read the two others, but of the three the only trustworthy one is the last.' On the whole I think this is true. If I had to say which was telling the truth about society, a speech by a minister of housing or the actual buildings put up in his time, I should believe the buildings." -Kenneth Clark

Why Study Architecture? Years of research indicate that the lay public has not grown much beyond the fourth grade level in visual literacy. The danger in leaving our culture dangling at the fourth grade level visually is that it is a human tendency not to miss that which we do not know. Quality, then, when not imagined or recognized, is not even missed-much to the joy of mediocrity and her friends congregating on each corner.

One of the basic maturities of education is "environmental." The root words of environment declare it to mean the sum total of influences that modify and determine the development of life or character. In all of the earth's history, no culture-no time-has been more in need, been more concerned with environment. We want to preserve rare species, to have clean air and pure water, to enjoy rich forests and wilderness areas. The built environment is one of the major Environmental concerns of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The built environment comes under attack from two flanks-historical and aesthetic. The historical attack is actually antihistorical. Many of our finest buildings have become rare species in need of protection. Natural predators in the form of business, government, building codes, demolition crews and remodelers, and modernizers worship at the altar of "progress" as they faithfully destroy our cultural heritage.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Level One

Lesson 1 Alike and Different

Lesson 2 Order

Lesson 3 Edges

Lesson 4 Shapes

Lesson 5 Size by Comparing

Lesson 6 Built Environment

Lesson 7 Repetition and Rhythm

Level Two

Lesson 8 Units and Clusters

Lesson 9 Balance

Lesson 10 Pattern

Lesson 11 Measuring by Eye and Ruler

Lesson 12 Relating Parts of the Whole

Level Three

Lesson 13 Contrast

Lesson 14 Architecture in Environment

Lesson 15 Planes

Lesson 16 Function and Form

Lesson 17 Shapes from Nature

Lesson 18 Scale

Lesson 19 Considering All Views

Lesson 20 Optical Weight

Level Four

Lesson 21 Rhythm, Pattern, Movement

Lesson 22 A Identifying Architectural Styles

Lesson 22 B Ancient World Period

Lesson 22 C Early Christian Period

Lesson 22 D Medieval Period

Lesson 22 E Renaissance Period

Lesson 22 F Baroque Period

Lesson 22 G Revolutionary Period

Lesson 22 H Twentieth-Century Style

Lesson 23 Orders of Architecture

Lesson 24 Architectural Periods and Styles in Your Community

Lesson 25 Concave and Convex Forms

Lesson 26 Interesting Divisions of Space

Lesson 27 Symbolism (Building "Talk")

Level Five

Lesson 28 Proportion

Lesson 29 Golden Mean

Lesson 30 Building Design for Special Needs

Lesson 31 Light and Shadow-Solar Energy

Lesson 32 Triangles

Lesson 33 Positive and Negative Forms and Spaces

Lesson 34 Mass Equals Geometric Bulk

Lesson 35 Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Space

Lesson 36 Roof Systems

Level Six

Lesson 37 Organic and Mechanical Structures

Lesson 38 Hidden Patterns

Lesson 39 Complexity and Simplicity-A Balance

Lesson 40 Shadows

Level Seven

Lesson 41 Extending Points, Lines, and Planes to Make Form and Volume

Lesson 42 Architectural Groupings and Clusters

Lesson 43 Color

Lesson 44 City Planning

Lesson 45 Contrast as Used by Architects

Lesson 46 Order-the Most important Design Concept

Lesson 47 Proportion and Regulating Lines

Lesson 48 Adjusting Positive and Negative Spaces

Lesson 49 Naming Parts of Structures and Processes

Lesson 50 Planning Building Sites

Lesson 51 Postmodern, "Green" Architecture, and Deconstructivism

Time Lines

Glossary

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