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Architects' Sketchbooks [Hardcover]

Will Jones , Narinder Sagoo
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Book Description

7 Mar 2011
Take a privileged view inside the private sketchbooks of over eighty architects and studios from around the world. Densely packed with over 750 illustrations, Architects Sketchbooks is a joyful celebration of how a sketch can become the start of a skyscraper. The 85 practitioners featured range from such starchitects as Will Alsop, Shigeru Ban, Laurie Chetwood, Norman Foster and Eva Jiricna to rising talents from all across the globe. Will Joness introduction explores the artistry behind the built world, and the importance of sketching as part of the design process.

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (7 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500342687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500342688
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 30.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Designed by Ashley Olsson ... offers a rare glimpse of the architectural creative processes' --Monocle

'Souvenirs of ideas: epitaphs if unrealised, fossil evidence when they have evolved into built structures and master plans'
--Art Review

'A fascinating insight into "the blood, sweat and pencil lead that go into designing the world we live in"'

`With 500 illustrations rendered in every conceivable media the reader is left wondering why these`sketches' aren't displayed in galleries, and imagining the wonderful environment we'd live in if these flights of fancy were actually granted planning permission' --125 Magazine

'Handsome ... a mix of ideas that are off the wall, whimsical or wildly original'
--The Herald

`If you're at all interested in the built environment, this will be an eye-opening read'
--Homes & Interiors Scotland

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I just received this book yesterday, I am shocked that this book has received two 2 star ratings so I had to write a review just to give this book a bit of a boost and recommendation. I love architecture; I am a graphic artist however so I do not intend to actually get an understanding of the more technical aspects of architectural design. With this book I have found exactly what I was looking for, beautiful architectural hand renders, expressionate forms and the odd bit of text in amongst the amazing images. Considering the title "Architects sketchbook", it should really not be expected to be anything more than a picture book full of fantasy. So if you are just looking for a book to inspire you then definitely get this book, there will be better options if you want a book that will teach more practical methods. I do agree that the architecture is a little unrealistic so you will learn a great deal more in terms of mark making ideas and compositions rather than processes and how to create practical homes.

To sum up, if you are just looking for a thick book of beautiful architectural imagery, this is a must have. This is also a new personal favourite.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! 11 April 2011
By laura
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I'm an interior design student, found this book really interesting. Great to see how lots of architects work and their different methods of coming up with ideas. Must have taken ages to compile! Sketches are something which you don't often see in other books - you only see the finished product or final CAD rendering.... I love this book, it's refreshing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great product, received as ordered 30 Mar 2013
By Pips
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This book is great for representation ideas for architecture students. It also gives a great insight into how many different architects design in loads of different ways!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 1 Mar 2013
By jmlower
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This was a spur of the moment buy, but I am so glad I came across this little gem. It's a great reference book. I bought it, then my tutor bought it, then the library bought it. For 20 as well you cant get better value.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Present 5 Jan 2012
By Claire
Bought as a present for an Architect and she absolutely loves it!
Probably not the most informative book in terms of words or written content but the imagery, sketches and concepts are fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas book 15 Feb 2014
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Feels great, really good quality, it came sooner than expected too! really very good, I am just starting out in the architecture scene and has proven good for inspiration, most of the sketches are concepts though
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 12 Nov 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I needed this book for my UNI as i am a architect student, i wanted to understand how architects go about their way of thinking and what best way to do so is to look at their sketches. Its a small look into the process of there minds and it really helped me to build up my own style of drawing and sketching. The images are high quality and personally the architects exhibited in it where of a varied style .
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What can I say more? The pages cover various architecture illustrations, notes, random sketches and modelmakings done by many established architects, a MUST HAVE for those who wish... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars ***
Got this through a giftcard as a present from my college grades before going to uni to study Interior Design. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Barney Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Help
Is this book in English or in French because the title states the word "French" so I'm wondering if its written in English or french
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Sorry for late reply, book is great and exactly how i want it to be, good condition and easy to read through
Published 17 months ago by Pen Name
1.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary Images with no Theory
This has some great images from a mix of contemporary architects but with no theory and little textual analysis its just superficial eye-candy with no real understanding... Read more
Published on 10 April 2012 by Book Buff
2.0 out of 5 stars damaged cover
The book came in with damages on the hard cover in various places, probably it was poorly packed, it was very diapointing for me because I needed this book for a present. Read more
Published on 19 May 2011 by Amnon Fleishman
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money
If im honest, for the amount of money that this book cost, it does little for me. Its more of a picture book with abstract art on every other page, and a few words scrambled among... Read more
Published on 17 April 2011 by Neil
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