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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (7 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500287287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500287286
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 1.7 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mo Zell has taught drawing at several colleges and universities across the United States. She is currently the coordinator of the foundation studio, manual representation at Northeastern University in Boston. She is also a founding partner in the design firm Bauen Studio, where she co-designed the winning entry in the competition to create a Veterans Memorial on Northeastern University's campus. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Charles Cameron on 24 Mar. 2010
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Theoretically, the content in this book is well organised, and it does contain some great information, advice, tips and excercises, as well as references to some very useful and important work. On that score, it is worth buying.

However, it is spectacularly badly designed. Some of the typefaces are so light they are barely legible; a lot of the structural and background graphics look home-made; the 'designer' (the author, one suspects) has no acquaintance with proper design-grids. This makes for what is sometimes a difficult and slightly maddening user-experience.

Had I seen the contents in advance, I might have thought twice about buying. That isn't to say that on second thoughts I wouldn't have made the purchase, but it did come as a disappointment to find that a book about such a fundamental field of design should have been so maladroit in its own execution.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By CT VINE VOICE on 19 Nov. 2008
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I would highly recommend this book to any architectural student, particularly those just starting out. It is full of the basics and will really strengthen your skills. Whilst this book is perfect for those just starting out, I only discovered it when I was starting Part 2 and have still found it to be an invaluable help.

A similar idea to Ching, developing basic drawing and modelling skills, I would recommend you go for this more modern and concise alternative.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By W. Devereux on 22 Nov. 2009
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This book is an exceptional aid to anyone who needs to draw and understand spatial dynamics for their work or hobby. It does what it says on the cover - a fully detailed course in Architectural Drawing. Highly reccomended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kim on 21 April 2010
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This book is extremeley helpful. You may not all of it is when you first get it, but as your course progresses, it becomes more and more useful. It discusses making models, showing conceptual ideas digitally, and what is missing from other books, by hand. It also show you collaging, putting a portfolio together perspective, axonomentric and tools. It is amazing and perfect for first year architecture!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DJ on 24 Nov. 2010
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Just what the title says. This is a wonderful aid for any student starting an architecture course, and I only wish I were recommended it before my first year. In very clear and non-patronizing way, it takes you through what to expect on an architecture course. I take for granted how little I knew when I first started, and a book like this would have alleviated so much discomfort at wondering if my drawings are looking the way they're supposed to, or if there was any better way of doing things. Takes you step by step, provides interesting insight and some great ideas. Extremely useful, even for students already on the course. 5 Star!
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Having bought this book before I started at uni to study architecture, I was hoping it would give me a good grounding for the year ahead. Having just completed my first year... I can say I'm so glad I bought it. There are so many reasons to get it... I'd basically be rewriting the book here!

The fundamentals are so well explained with accompanying detailed step by step illustratioms... even tricks that my lecturer didn't teach us. So many fellow students went out and bought this having a scan through that it has made it onto the uni's reading list. Any student doing architecture or interior design... or even those wanting to know how to draw a space accurately.... get this on your shelf!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Cross on 26 May 2010
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My wife saw this in a book shop, our son is doing architecture, and thought it looked worthwhile. I found it on Amazon at a very good price, he has found it a useful help, having a lot of different aspects.
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By Georgi Arnaudov on 22 Dec. 2013
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This is the first thing you have to buy if you embark on the journey to become an architect. If you are expecting to be a first-year student in architecture, do it as soon as you can. Buy this book and you will be prepared for a lot of things you will have to deal with during the most hectic year you will have Y1 Architecture, note that this will particularly help if you major is BA but I think it is pretty useful for BSs.
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