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1000 Architectural Details: A Selection of the World's Most Interesting Building Elements Hardcover – 14 Oct 2010
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It's fun to see so many creative and elegant ideas made real with so many materials.--Bill LaHay"Denver Post" (03/12/2011)
A reference catalogue of contemporary buildings' structural features, the material has been selected for its capacity to inspire and propose innovative ideas on how to approach the design or construction of different parts of a project. Divided into 15 thematic chapters, each detail is numbered from one to one thousand, and each is illustrated with a close-up photograph or technical drawing and explained in a concise caption. While primarily concentrating on commercial projects (although residential housing is covered), architects and designers of condominiums and multi-unit dwellings are sure to find inspiration.
Like foods that taste so good you forget that they also sustain your health, the images in the book can win you over out of sheer appeal and never shout out their practical virtues. It's fun to see so many creative and elegant ideas made real with so many materials, and it's easy to forget how many tangible lessons your imagination is quietly absorbing while your eyes enjoy the dance. Later, after the images have had time to mingle and percolate inside your head, you can perhaps expect some new and original designs to call your own.--Bill LaHay"Denver Post" (03/12/2011)
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Alex Sanchez Vidiella is an expert in art history and contemporary art. He has written and edited many books on architecture and design, including The Atlas of Contemporary Architecture.
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I think this book is also good for any laic, who is interested in architectures n buildings.
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What you are getting is a collection of 1000 small, wide-angle stock photos of buildings with very little mention of the details involved. A detail is the actual, measured, *detailed* drawing of a building component at close to full scale... showing the physical connection, the joint, the formal treatment, or jeez even just a drawing technique... That is what a "detail" is in architecture, and they teach and reveal very specific things about the building technique and the architect's process. This book has a *few* sketches of those.
THIS is not that book. This is a photograph of Libeskind's whatever-museum with a caption "like many buildings of this contemporary era, this one is clad in titanium panels" ... with NO mention of the connection, the lapping, the structure, ANYTHING that could teach you anything. I know there are 1000 of these in a smallish book and it has to be succinct, but it's not a detail. It's a facade.
Save your money and type "architecture" into google image search. Humbug!
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