Visual Dictionary of Architecture

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This remarkable, one-of-a-kind compendium uses a combination of textual definitions and hundreds of superb line drawings to illuminate a comprehensive body of essential terms in architecture, including important interrelationships between building components. Grouped by themes, all terms have their visual complement and can be readily accessed in several different ways.

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A Visual Dictionary of Architecture Francis D.K. Ching Here is an opportunity to look at architecture through the mind of Francis D. K. Ching, distinguished architect, author, and illustrator. Architects and students alike will delight in this compendium of definitions and accompanying line drawings, each rendered in Mr. Ching’s signature style. In this unique visual dictionary of architectural terms, Mr. Ching abandons the alphabet, instead clustering terms around 68 basic aspects of architectural design, history, and technology. By grouping terms under such broad concepts as design, hardware, history, ornament, and structure, Mr. Ching introduces the reader to individual definitions in the context of related terms, making the relationship between terms readily apparent. Each over-sized page spills over with terms and illustrations that are enriched and supported by every other entry. This conceptual format also allows the reader to work backward from the big picture, easily locating elusive terms under a general topic. Readers seeking a precise term can flip to the index where they will find page references for over 5,000 terms. Doubtless, many will want this handsome volume for the sheer beauty of it. Every page is an invitation to browse. Architects and students alike will treasure this book for its wealth of practical information and its elegant illustrations. Mr. Ching has indeed succeeded in reflecting "the rich, complex, and multidimensional nature of architecture."

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Building Construction Illustrated Second Edition The volume’s organization follows the typical design process—from selection of the building site to finish work and beyond—and coverage of systems and technology no longer commonly used has been streamlined. ISBN 0-442-23498-8 Architecture Form, Space, and Order Ching interprets form as the designer’s basic tool, and analyzes a wide range of architectural models that represent the concepts of form, space, and order. ISBN 0-442-21535-5 Architectural Graphics Second Edition In this book, Ching emphasizes the development of better mental and manual skills to enhance your approach to graphic communication. ISBN 0-442-21864-8 Interior Design Illustrated In this beautifully illustrated work, Ching explores how basic structural elements and systems combine to form our interior environments, and considers the factors that affect their design, formation, and use. ISBN 0-442-21537-1 Home Renovation This detailed yet accessible book fully explains and illustrates how to transform any home into a more functional, comfortable, and pleasing environment ISBN 0-442-21592-4 Drawing a Creative Process Drawing: A Creative Process demonstrates the intriguing interplay among seeing, visualization, and expression through drawing. ISBN 0-442-31818-9

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