on 3 March 2004
An excellent book....as are all of R.W. Brunskill's books. Well thought out and illustrated, easy to read. An excellent reference book for anyone studying Architecture and buildings. I used his books endlessly when researching for one of my degree modules about the development of a particular building type. Usually one can find endless books on stately homes and houses of great popularity, but to find such an indepth research about the lowly barn, cottage or farmhouse is quite difficult. His books and this one in particular proved to be totally invaluable throughout my degree. I think this book and his others, however would appeal to anyone, not just students, who is interested in the development of 'lesser' but I believe more interesting buildings and give a new outlook to them. I wish that the author would write more books like this and his other titles as there are so few books written about this kind of architectural development.
on 6 May 2010
I'm a planning officer, and with no formal architectural training bought this book to be able to better explain myself to building professionals. It does exactly as I'd hoped and, having done quite a lot of looking around before I chose this, I'm happy I made the right choice.
As an excellent overview of architecture, including some very informative illustrations on historic buildings and vernacular architecture, it's a really helpful book to have to hand.