The best visual reference to construction,
This review is from: European Building Construction Illustrated (Paperback)
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Francis Ching seems to have corned the market in beautiful looking visual books on architecture. I bought the first edition of this title years ago mainly because it looked so accessible with all the art by Cassandra Adams. Her work in later editions has been slightly enhanced and the original text which she hand-lettered is now set in Tekton.
What I find surprising, for a technical book, is that this is the first European edition, almost forty years since the original American title was published. Though there are many common elements to building in the US or Europe there are a some differences. For example: in the vehicular parking section in the US edition standard car dimensions are 1980 to 5485mm, in the European edition the a standard car is 1900 to 4500mm. Language plays its part too, in the US edition index there is a reference to a Rabbet joint, it's absent from the European edition index (it's a rebate joint) the US edition has a graphic of jalousie windows which are is not in the European edition. Elevators are common to both editions.
The book is an obvious choice for architectural students (as would be Ching's other great book:A Visual Dictionary of Architecture) or anyone interested in how buildings are erected. The hundreds of beautiful illustrations explain in precise detail what is going on inside and outside of a building. Visually I thought it was so much better than Chudley and Greeno's Building Construction Handbook which still seems to be using CAD art and type from the original 1988 edition.