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Architecture: Form, Space and Order Paperback – 18 Dec 1995


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (18 Dec 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471286168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471286165
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 2.5 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Second Edition of this classic introduction to the principles of architecture is everything you would expect from the celebrated architect, author, and illustrator, Francis D. K. Ching. Each page has been meticulously revised to incorporate contemporary examples of the principles of form, space, and order–the fundamental vocabulary of every designer. The result is a beautifully illustrated volume that embraces today′s forms and looks at conventional models with a fresh perspective. Here, Ching examines every principal of architecture, juxtaposing images that span centuries and cross cultural boundaries to create a design vocabulary that is both elemental and timeless. Among the topics covered are point, line, plane, volume, proportion, scale, circulation, and the interdependence of form and space. While this revision continues to be a comprehensive primer on the ways form and space are interrelated and organized in the shaping of our environment, it has been refined to amplify and clarify concepts. In addition, the Second Edition contains:
∗ Numerous new hand–rendered drawings
∗ Expanded sections on openings and scale
∗ Expanded chapter on design principles
∗ New glossary and index categorized by the author
∗ New 8 1/2 11 upright trim
In the Second Edition of Architecture: Form, Space, and Order, the author has opted for a larger format and crisper images. Mr. Ching has retained the style of his hand–lettered text, a hallmark of each of his books. This rich source of architectural prototypes, each rendered in Mr. Ching′s signature style, also serves as a guide to architectural drawing. Doubtless, many will want this handsome volume for the sheer beauty of it. Architects and students alike will treasure this book for its wealth of practical information and its precise illustrations. Mr. Ching has once again created a visual reference that illuminates the world of architectural form.

About the Author

Francis D.K. Ching, Registered Architect, is the principal of Ching Design Associates. He is also a professor of architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle. Mr. Ching is the author of some of the best–known books in the field of architecture, including Architectural Graphics, Building Construction Illustrated, Interior Design Illustrated, Drawing: A Creative Process, and A Visual Dictionary of Architecture, all published by John Wiley & Sons.

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This opening chapter presents the primary elements of form in the order of their growth from the point to a one-dimensional line, from the line to a two-dimensional plane, and from the plane to a three-dimensional volume. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Dec 2001
Format: Paperback
An excellent book which guides the reader through some of the major aspects of organising form & structure in achitecture and other related design forms.
The book is full of delightful line drawings of architecture through the ages, sometimes taking the buildings apart and showing various aspects of their structure and design.
There are also sections and drawings showing a range of systems of arranging proportions e.g. the Golden Section and Fibonacci, as well as addressing issues of how to position objects and lines on a surface to produce a balanced - or unbalanced - image.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 April 1998
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Ching presents a lot of principles of design for the architect to add theoretical bases for designs. If you design, this book gives you the vocabulary you need to communicate it verbally, as well as graphically.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Feb 2000
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The principles that underly architectonic composition are comprehensively introduced, in a richly illustrated and easy to read book. An absolutely must-have to any student of Architecture.
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By Jean Dantier on 13 Feb 2013
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A great book for anyone interested in Architecture . Very precise, clear to read diagrams making it a very good read . Thank you for your quick service
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Oct 1998
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This book lays the best foundation for architectural study and design of any book ever published. It should be required reading at every university and would make a great primer for high school students with enlightened teachers.
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