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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (27 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848660650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848660656
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 2.1 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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What is the difference between a Doric and an Ionic column? How does a flying buttress work? What are the guiding principles of modern architecture? How does restoration differ from conservation? If you've ever wanted to know the answers to these questions - or wondered when a building is just a building and when it is art - then 50 Architecture Ideas You Really Need to Know will provide you with the perfect introduction to the world of architecture. Exploring the myriad ways in which the built environment has been shaped and created throughout history, Philip Wilkinson explains the key concepts and ideas in architecture clearly and concisely. Including throughout his authoritative and engaging narrative are expert introductions to the most significant architectural movements throughout history and to the most important and representative works of the greatest architects. Spanning architecture's earliest roots in ancient Greece, the revolutionary developments of the late 19th century, and the sculptural forms of the expressionists, through to the pared-down, concrete-and-glass buildings of the International Style, and - more recently - the irony and allusion seen in postmodernism, and the very latest directions of today's green architecture, this essential guide offers a new and informed understanding of architecture and an appreciation of its profound impact on the world in which we live.

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The orders. Roman engineering. Gothic. Renaissance. Palladianism. Baroque. The Grand Tour. Industrial architecture. Taste. Rococo. Genius loci. The picturesque. Neoclassicism. Reason. Orientalism. Restoration. Revivalism. Prefabrication. Beaux-arts. Arts and Crafts. Conservation. The City Beautiful. Art Nouveau. Garden City. Skyscraper. Futurism. Expressionism. De Stijl. Constructivism. Bauhaus. The International Style. Minimalism. Art Deco. Organic architecture. Dymaxion design. Segregated planning. Heritage. Brutalism. Neorationalism. Archigram. Metabolist architecture. Townscape. Structuralism. Regionalism. Postmodernism. Contemporary classicism. High-tech. Alternative architecture. Deconstructivism. Green architecture.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ldutton on 30 Aug. 2011
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I bought this book for my kindle as i am starting my architecture degree in September. This book is brilliant as it condenses all the main movements and styles within architecture into language which is easy to understand and also enjoyable to read. It also contains some images which help make it even better and as it is split into 50 chapters it is easy to read a full chapter in one sitting. Overall, an excellent book, a must have for anyone starting, or thinking about starting, an architecture degree soon.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kishan P on 17 Nov. 2011
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Great book for people interested in Architecture or just wanting to learn something new, fast delivery, good price compared to other retailers, no complaints...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C Grant on 25 May 2012
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Bought this book only the other day as it looked a great little book, and it really has been that, very informative and interesting, worth the price :D
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ManchesterMonkey on 7 Jan. 2012
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My Amazon purchases tend to reflect a combination of work, play and general interests. I've spent 20 years working in the UK construction industry first within structural engineering and now marketing, so architecture is within my work sphere.

This book provides a good overview of 50 historic and current architectural themes. I found it better than many general interest architectural books I've read previously since it includes modern concepts (to a degree). This is book would only be of passing interest to an architectural student and of no use to an architect but for the general reader, it is'd useful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael on 28 Dec. 2012
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Good looking book, laid out well and the information is all there, but another book that seems to have forgone colour and thus seems a bit drab and lifeless. A good book nonetheless, but I need some excitement to draw me in :p
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By R. Bagley on 29 April 2014
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I knew nothing about arhitechture before i read this book i now feel i have a base understanding. More pictures to express the ideas described would be better. But a very neat little book and at a great price.
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By Amazon Customer on 7 Mar. 2014
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5 star seller; I received my package promptly, within the estimated time frame, well packaged, most importantly, item arrived as described.
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This book should be read by anyone considering art school. It could change the direction of your interest. Why spend your life painting small obscure works when you could be creating the world we mostly inhabit. Cover is no work of art.
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