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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2011
I bought this book for my kindle as i am starting my architecture degree in September. This book is brilliant as it condenses all the main movements and styles within architecture into language which is easy to understand and also enjoyable to read. It also contains some images which help make it even better and as it is split into 50 chapters it is easy to read a full chapter in one sitting. Overall, an excellent book, a must have for anyone starting, or thinking about starting, an architecture degree soon.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2011
Great book for people interested in Architecture or just wanting to learn something new, fast delivery, good price compared to other retailers, no complaints...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2012
Bought this book only the other day as it looked a great little book, and it really has been that, very informative and interesting, worth the price :D
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2012
My Amazon purchases tend to reflect a combination of work, play and general interests. I've spent 20 years working in the UK construction industry first within structural engineering and now marketing, so architecture is within my work sphere.

This book provides a good overview of 50 historic and current architectural themes. I found it better than many general interest architectural books I've read previously since it includes modern concepts (to a degree). This is book would only be of passing interest to an architectural student and of no use to an architect but for the general reader, it is'd useful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2012
Good looking book, laid out well and the information is all there, but another book that seems to have forgone colour and thus seems a bit drab and lifeless. A good book nonetheless, but I need some excitement to draw me in :p
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on 11 June 2015
I'm not an architecture student. I do not work in architecture and I am no expert. I merely have an interest in architecture and the built environment. So for me, this book is perfect.

Some of it I knew already, but other aspects were new to me. I like the way that each chapter is very concise, to-the-point and focuses on one idea or style of architecture at a time. It is very simple reading and each chapter ends with a short timeline and a "condensed idea" summing up the chapter as a whole.

I should imagine that this book is a bit basic for an architecture student or professional. But for someone who just finds architecture interesting, it's a great read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2013
An interesting subject let down by poorly constructed and disordered commentary with odd paragraphs sandwiched in, splitting up narratives. Also, arrogant commentary about 'primitive' African society in one chapter.
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on 20 November 2013
This book should be read by anyone considering art school. It could change the direction of your interest. Why spend your life painting small obscure works when you could be creating the world we mostly inhabit. Cover is no work of art.
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on 29 April 2014
I knew nothing about arhitechture before i read this book i now feel i have a base understanding. More pictures to express the ideas described would be better. But a very neat little book and at a great price.
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on 19 March 2014
a good book for those starting out in construction or building related subjects. it gives you a nice, compact overview of a lot of topics in an easily digestible manner.
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