Children with dreams of designing buildings will discover how architects actually work in this workbook, which builds on the concepts introduced in The Future Architect’s Handbook. It walks readers through the drawings created by Aaron, a young architect building his own home. Going a step further, children will learn the steps necessary to create their own drawings and build a model of their design, using an included tool kit consisting of graph paper and an architect's scale, pencil, and drafting eraser. Finally, readers are challenged to design homes for an eclectic group of clients. Freehand pen-and-ink drawings bring the instructions to life. This book is the perfect introduction to what an architect does at work and why buildings look and function as they do. Ideal for middle grades ages 8–13, but creative adults will also find it inspiring.
|Publisher:||Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.|
|Product dimensions:||12.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Barbara Beck is a licensed architect in Annapolis, Maryland. She shares her studio and home with her husband, Rick, and dog, Tommy. Originally from St. Louis, she earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Kansas.
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The Future Architect's Tool Kit based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This tool kit will have young architects' hearts beating faster. . .and lure in curious adults too. Designing a house is more than just grabbing a pencil and paper, and this kit leads the way through the basic concepts, concerns and how-to tips. Through step-by-step chapters, the basics of architectural design are revealed and everything from floor plans, surrounding landscape and future owners' tastes are explored. Since learning is doing, a architect's scale, graph paper, pencil and eraser are included with the book. Opening the kit is a bit like diving into a present. The hard cover version of The Future Architect's Handbook immediately catches the eye, but it doesn't take long to see the side compartment holding simple architect's scale, a pencil and a white eraser, as well as the pad of graph paper tucked in with the book. This alone is a treat. The case itself is thin cardboard but fairly robust, and the Velcro tab insures that the lid can be opened and closed many times, making a perfect storage place. The book is around 45 pages and rich in illustrations. These are black and white, and help to bring clarity to the information presented in the text. The author does a great job of giving a general overview, while bringing just the right details which will interest kids to light. Everything is explained in an easy to read way, and even the architectural terms are described in a way readers ages 10+ can grasp. Unfortunately, there isn't a glossary to describe the individual terms again at the end of the book. The chapters are fairly short, letting readers soak in the information bit by bit. This also gives them time to start to nibble on ideas of their own. Everything from the location of a house, types of houses, floor plans and individual desires is discussed. At the end, there are examples of how to draw different items (stairs, sinks, toilets, etc) on the graph paper. There's quite a bit of information packed in the pages, and the illustrations and examples come from basic architectural design. So kids would recognize the elements again if seeing a professional design. This is what also makes it interesting for curious adults; the information doesn't really talk down to the kids, but gives an honest, quick overview into the world of basic architecture in a way they can understand. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher but enjoyed it so much (as did my 11-yr-old son) that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts.
This book kit, The Future Architect’s Tool Kit by Barbara Bec is excellent for children and even adults! You have everything you need to get started, including a ruler, pencil, a very nice eraser and a pad of graphing paper. Definitely, this could make a wonderful gift for anyone, since there is nothing else needed and you have a wonderful kit wiht a box that closes, securing everything inside. So, If you are interested in architecture like the drawings, which could be site plans, floor plans, section B and even elevation, well this book has it all! Plus, many other pieces of the home design plans and additional features. You will be learn the different designs and shapes to certain pieces of the house as well as even how to create a real 3D model. Petty cool, I think! Honestly, I always was curious about designs and making up my own style homes. However, I never understood it by an architecture's sketch point of view, with all thoese strange shapes representing different parts of the home. So taking a good look into this book has really helped make it understandable. It truly is a toolkit for beginners! You learn about everything in this small book and though it covers it all, no class required. You have the ability to take each teaching of design and appearance to make your own and even real full models. Plus, I love how easy and simple it is and all you need is this wonderful book to help you or your child, it's work for both children and adults!