1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2011
Taking from his contemporaries and a few more recent "artists," Cook provides in this book is a good example of hand drawn architectural representation. The book contains examples of digital art interspersed with the hand drawn/painted/airbrushed representations following the trend to shy away from physical drawings with a corresponding move towards digital media.
The book is well written, highly enjoyable and illustrated well.
A good book to have to hand on the shelf as with all Cook's work.
It seems that drawing in the true sense is becoming a lost art in the "profession" of architecture.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2010
Peter Cook is not always to my taste, but I enjoyed this book. Perhaps a bit biased to Bartlett type work. Works well if used as a platform for further reading. Some of the graphics are truly stunning.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2010
This book gets 3 points for its beautiful illustrations (otherwise i wouldnt have bothered rating it) and the sad fact that, in my opinion, it is badly written. The words used are complex that you have an easier time understanding Schopenhauer's essays! I dont see the point for an architect to make writing so difficult and complex! Perhaps as Dr De Bono said: some people do it so they sound more intelligent among their peers!!! Peter Cook is a great architect but he cannot write, it seems that he scoured thesaurus for words that are long and complex! Economy and simplicity Mr Cook would've made this book a lot more enjoyable ;)
3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2009
the book branches into every corner of drawing and has many illustrations,
but i found that there were only a handful of tips/ideas that could be substracted of it. all in all i think its a good investment because you never know when an image from this book could initiate a motive when looking for some inspiration in drawing.