Marc M. Angelil is professor of design in the Department of Architecture at the ETH Zurich. Dirk Hebel is the senior assistant professor associated with Prof. Angelil's chair; he also teaches at Syracuse University in New York.
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Recomended for all Architecture students2 Sept. 2011
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I wish I had this book when I was in college. This really helps you exercise and organize your conceptual Ideas. This book truly earns its name as a Manual. Its not a step by step manual for those who know nothing about Architecture. I recommend this book to those whom, already have the knowledge of the traditional, technical architectural drawing rules. This would be appropriate for students in second year of architecture and on. This is a manual of what is today's design process, in the Architecture design field. There are real examples of materials used for model making and how you could use these materials to explain program. Examples of how your project should read visually explaining process, mapping, diagram studies and 3D model breakdown. How to integrate your sketches in to your final presentation layout without loosing the final presentation look. Overall, this has been a great book, it has covered representation skills that are at a balance with technical and conceptual design. Great graphic and digital presentation layouts, not one page wasted. . This is a book you would like to view if you are having a hard time in conveying and proving your ideas visually. Sometimes, people get carried away in verbally candy coating a description of a building and show no prof of their theories in the real world. After all, at the end of the day Architecture's strongest language is visually and the physical experience, is what unveils the story behind the Idea. What is the function of the form?.. What is the main purpose?.. What gives it a successful privilege, to deserve this creation a chance to live in our scarce land of today? ....Walking the talk is the real test..In being able to analyze and scientifically break down the reality of your theory and proving that it works is key....Pushing the boundary's in design and being creative isn't a crime, as long as you design responsibly.
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For you to decipher9 Jan. 2009
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It is a difficult book to understand, certainly not a book to be called a manual. Perhaps that is the nature of this sort of architectural course recipe, and it reads more like an yearbook of a renowned school than for a reader to learn a few secrets behind the didactics i.e. how to analyze students' works or what criteria should be accompanied with an assignment to give criticism. Going through the Master's program myself, it was a mystery to experience such transformation of mind that I often wish to go back in time to pick up what had been said in the crits, because nothing made much sense back then. Hence, it is of great interest when I see a book of this sort and has to be purchased to see what secrets have been unveiled. However, the book is a disappointment in that sense although it provides with a certain new direction in teaching process oriented architecture not revolving around computer. As the introduction is titled 'Inchoate Deviations', that should be what to expect from this book, personal documentation of several years of academic rigors facing formal issues to be shared with.