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Pages: 240

Language: English

Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (1 Mar. 2010)

By: Simon Unwin(Author)

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Have you ever wondered how the ideas behind the world’s greatest architectural designs came about? What process does an architect go through to design buildings which become world-renowned for their excellence?

This book reveals the secrets behind these buildings. He asks you to ‘read’ the building and understand its starting point by analyzing its final form. Through the gradual revelations made by an understanding of the thinking behind the form, you learn a unique methodology which can be used every time you look at any building.


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  • By Guest on 21 December 2012

    This seems an excellent book describing the analysis and comprehension of modernist buildings through the medium of drawing. Unfortunately the images provided in kindle edition are too small. The fact that they are at all legible is testament to the clarity of the line drawings, as when viewed on my kindle for PC many of the images are barely more than two inches square. This was also an issue with my kindle edition of Deplazes 'Constructing Architecture: Materials, Processes, Structures', so this is perhaps more a criticism of the limitations of the kindle format for this kind of book. Better pictures please Amazon!

  • By I. Vickers on 11 April 2011

    This is an interesting architecture book which I have dipped into for researching different buildings. It has some nice line drawings. I was a little disappointed however that the buildings are all very modern. If you're looking for great buildings pre 20th century look elsewhere. Otherwise a good book.

  • By Mike on 3 January 2012

    I received this book as a gift for Christmas, and i must say it is a delight.The line drawings are clear and interesting, and the way the author moves through each building explaining design choices, such as the setting, form/shape etc is wonderful. Recommended.

  • By C. Mckenna on 5 March 2014

    I read this on a Kindle and found that it was a pleasure to read. It's rare enough to get good Architectural books on Kindle so it's a pity the other reviewer was disappointed with the legibility of the drawings. I found the drawings came out well enough and the lively text makes up for any shortcomings.Although all the buildings are post 1900, Simon Unwin presents a wide selection of architectural styles and strategies. Some of the buildings are more famous than others. They are not presented chronologically, it seems they have been ordered to introduce the recurring themes in a clear way. Even a few unbuilt (but celebrated) projects are discussed and explained. The chapters are very short and readable.Unwin seems to be particulary well informed about Mies Van Der Rohe, and this book gave me some new insights into the Barcelona Pavillion and Mies's influences.Unwin also seems to have a preoccupation with ideal geometry and composition, he analyses many of the buildings in this way acknowledging the varying success along the way.A great book for students of architecture (of all ages and stages). I'll be looking out for "twenty more buildings….."

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