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Plans, Sections and Elevations: Key Buildings of the Twentieth Century [Including CD-Rom] [Paperback]

Richard Weston
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11 Oct 2004 Plans, Sections and Elevations
For the first time, a student can now find all the key plans in one place. Featuring more than 100 of the most significant and influential buildings of the twentieth century, this book includes both classic works by such seminal architects as Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe and Alvar Aalto, as well as those by more recent masters, such as Norman Foster. Frank Gehry and Rem Koolhaas. For each of the buildings included there are numerous, accurate scale plans showing each floor, together with elevations, sections and site plans where appropriate. All of these have been specially commissioned for the book and are based on the most up-to-date information and sources. There is also a concise text explaining the significant architectural features of the building and the influences it shows or generated, together with full-colour images. Cross-references to other buildings in the book highlight the various connections between these key structures.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King (11 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856693821
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856693820
  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 25 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Weston was born in 1953 and after studying architecture at Manchester University went to the University of Pennsylvania to study under Ian McHarg, the pioneer of ecological design. His monograph on Alvar Aalto won the 1995 Sir Banister Fletcher while Modernism received the International Book Award of the American Institute of Architects. He is now Professor of Architecture at Cardiff University and runs a studio exploring design applications of a unique database of 'earth images' captured from minerals and rocks. The development of his bestselling scarves for Liberty of London was featured on the BBC2 series 'Britain's Next Big Thing'.

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An architect, landscape designer and author, Richard Weston is a Professor at the Weish School of Architecture, Cardiff University. Previous books include the monograph Alvar Aalto (winner of the 1995 Sir Banister Fletcher Prize) and the definitive monograph on the Danish architect Jorn Utzon, while The House in the Twentieth Century (2001) and Materials, Form and Architecture (2003) are both published by Laurence King.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many buildings, too few photos. 3 Feb 2007
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Although this is one of the few books to have detailed plans and elevations of 20th buildings, the quantity of buildings in the book reduces the quality of the experience. In addition, a number of what I consider key buildings are not there! But the choice must have been tricky.

It would be far better to have fewer buildings and to spread the detail of each one on to four pages. Instead, each is dealt with in a double-spread, one page having one or two small photographs accompanied by writing, the other having the plans and elevations.

The photos don't always give a good impression of what the building really looks like and they provide scant reference to accompany the plans. The plans vary in detail with the size of the building and are fascinating, but this is very much a reference book and not one for a good flick through! The CD is not really worth having unless you have CAD software to run it on. The images are in two formats, one of which opens in any pdf reader, but they aren't always complete and don't print well. It would be easier and more successful to photocopy the pages, but this isn't permitted.

In many ways it is a good book, but the lack of photographs lets it down very badly. I was disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, for brief research 8 Oct 2006
By E. Lee
I really like this book, its been usefull just to use quickly to learn a little about any one of the featured buildings. Photos, plans, elevations and sections all help to give an understanding to the spacial layout of the buildings.

However the Cd that comes with it is not great, the images are not well named or organised and parts of the images are cut off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is great for discovering great buildings you might not have know existed. My main gripe with this book is the drawings on the CD. I create 3D Visuals of Architecture and I purchased this book so I can create new peices of personal work for my portfolio using the CAD on the CD. The CAD is very frustrating. Non of the drawings match up properly, Louis Kahn's Salk Institute is all over the place, sections don't match elevations. None of the drawings seem to be consistent in scale and is very difficult to determin the measure of things. The drawings are as basic as they get. Dont expect any great detail. Also, the folders they are in are not named, just numbered, not by page number I might add!, so you have to go to the building in the book that interests you, match the title to the non numbered index at the back of the book, find the name in the long list and then it tells you which folder it's in. Crazy! I may sound picky but at the end of the day this is a book about Architecture containing Architectural drawings, it needs to be right.

The book is a good effort. Richard Weston should have shortened the list a little and provided better drawings and provided a better indexing system. I think the CD was an afterthought because the book was lacking before going to print.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I suggest it 24 Nov 2012
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The book is really good, with lots of technical drawings plus cd! Simple layout and very usefull for architecture students
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5.0 out of 5 stars A quality book 18 Jan 2010
I must say i was impressed not only by the selection of buildings but the depth of the descriptions that certainly are very insightful and well informed, and the drawings are certainly accurate and detailed enough to get a very thorough picture of each of the buildings.
a quality book.
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