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5.0 out of 5 stars All the Technical Tutorials you will ever need, in book form., 14 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Introduction to Architectural Technology (Paperback)
I've looked through many an architecture textbook recently and I have to say 'Introduction to Architectural Technology' is one of the best and most intelligible. Maybe its because its one of the most recently published. It covers a lot of ground, and offers a lot of information without making it so complicated that it is inaccessible to the beginner or so banal that a more senior architecture student will find it useless. It taught me everything I find I need to know at 3rd year level and corrected some of my mistaken assumptions about structural integrity. It includes a great chapter about building performance and the use of computers for environmental and structural analysis. The 25 Case Studies are wonderful and include some of my favourite buildings: Prouve's Tropical House, Nervi's Palazetto Dello Sport, Otto's German Pavillion, and Buckminster's US Pavillion and Nox's D-Tower. Perhaps the only thing that might have made the book better would have been a more extensive use of the "Structural Logic" charts because the two which are included are truly perfect. If you want to understand structure once and for all, memorize those charts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prime Architectural Reference Book, easy to read, 9 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Introduction to Architectural Technology (Paperback)
I came across Introduction to Architectural Technology because I had bought another of McLean and Silver's books called Fabrication: The Designers Guide) and found it very useful. 'Fabrication' offers 12 case studies showing the cutting-edge work of 12 UK `fabricators' whose industrial processes are slowly being integrated into the more mainstream architectural discourse. I found Fabrication truly inspirational and the sections about tensile yarns and spun metal outstanding, so I got Introduction to Architectural Technology and it is every bit as good. No, it is better.
Although very different in its approach, I think 'Introduction to Architectural Technology' is the perfect complement to Fabrication, a sort of prequel. Whilst 'Fabrication' is the source-book for material technologies, 'Introduction to Architectural Technology' is that for everything structural. It methodically examines every aspect of structural form, from material science and technology to structural integrity before offering the most crystal-clear structural classification I have ever come across. In a double-spread chart, simple structural diagrams are used to show how primary (2D) Compressive shapes can be combined to form every building type one cares to think of. Using this chart has allowed me to turn an impossibly `theoretical' building I was designing into a viable, structurally intelligible building without sacrificing any of my design intent. This is a book we all need.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction, 7 Feb. 2009
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This review is from: Introduction to Architectural Technology (Paperback)
This book is a good way to read basic information that is clear and concise.
It is more like a glossary, explaining in simple terms what technology are used and in what capacity.

Thinking about doing a course in Architectural Technology, then buy this to give yourself a head start.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly informative with accurate pictorial representations, 9 Nov. 2010
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A brilliant educative material, with appropriate language to convey info neccessary. Really useful for aspiring architects and students of building construction. Well itemised, highlighting even modern materials and trends and has helped me a great deal! Kudos
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