9781902413006: The Architecture Pack
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Ron van der Meer, the pop-up wizard who created the ever-popular Art Pack and Music Pack, outdoes himself in this 3-D exploration of our surroundings. He recreates such masterpieces as Chartres Cathedral, a Renaissance palazzo, a Palladian villa, a Chicago skyscraper, the Sydney Opera House, and the Getty Center. 7 spreads with full-color foldouts, pullouts, & popups.

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A work of art in itself, The Architecture Pack is a highly sophisticated version of the beloved pop-up book that offers a unique, cross-cultural, three-dimensional tour of architecture through the centuries. By flipping the elaborately engineered pages, we learn what architects do, how they do it, and all about the great buildings of the world from antiquity to the present. It's packed with information and hands-on activities, models, fold-outs, pop-ups, and 3-D glasses; readers can even fold out a miniature version of the Colosseum in Rome or a French Gothic cathedral. There are discussions on the development of the dome, new materials and shapes, sculptural buildings such as those of Gaudi and Le Corbusier, and skyscrapers. Also included in the pack are a model (with assembly instructions) of Gerrit Rietveld's famous, flat-roofed Schroeder House; a glossary of architectural terms; a fold-out time line of the history of architecture and architects that runs from 2670 B.C. to A.D. 1997; and a cassette tape. This wonderfully accessible introduction to architecture is sure to generate enthusiasm from both children and adults, simply because people can have fun with it.

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For all the exuberance of its delightful contraptions, it has a clear order and progression; it is a real book. -- The New York Times Book Review, D.J.R. Bruckner

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9780679431008: The Architecture Pack : A Unique, Three-Dimensional Tour of Architecture over the Centuries : What Architects Do, How They Do It

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ISBN 10:  0679431004 ISBN 13:  9780679431008
Publisher: Knopf, 1997
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