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Architecture: Form, Space and Order Hardcover – 1 Mar 1980

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  • Hardcover: 395 pages
  • Publisher: Van Nost.Reinhold,U.S.; New e. edition (Mar. 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0442215347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0442215347
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,292,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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thanks, An invaluable resource for any Architect. Francis Ching is a master. I would recommend this book to any architect.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 106 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent primer 10 Dec. 2004
By J. Horst - Published on Amazon.com
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Those who have panned this book weren't looking for insight into the thought process of architectural design. This book is not a cookbook, but a primarily graphical introductory intended to start the architecture student thinking how architects think.

I'm not technically an architecture student, but rather an architecture design "hobbyist". I found this book very useful as far as helping me to look at the design process in new ways, and to better understand the various historical (and contemporary) methods/techniques used to formulate architectural designs.

This book is a textbook, not a 5 lb. coffee table glossy.
60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book 26 Nov. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After seeing this book on the shelf of a friend's architecture office, I bought it for my homeschooled children who are genuinely interested in architecture and building...Their dad (who teaches drafting and construction) and I could not put it down! The drawings are clear and so comprehensive. The book covers so much...Architectural styles, drawing types, etc. Mostly in drawings with very little text. So many architecture books are filled with heavy text, that you are lost in it, rather than learning the ideas and concepts. That is not a problem here. It is not to say that in any way this is a simplistic, elementary book...I'm sure it is used at the post-graduate and professional levels. The drawings and captions/info just say so much more than all those words! We are all learning a lot from this book, and are looking forward to buying more of this man's work.
50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "I Ching" of Architecture. 1 Dec. 2002
By James Ferguson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An excellent introduction to architecture. However, I liked the old horizontal format better. The new edition has all the same illustrations but its vertical formal isn't as compelling. Ching is the master of free-hand sketching. In this book he covers the basic principles of architecture with copious illustrations and an easy to follow progression of ideas. It is great for first year students and frustrated architects alike. My only word of warning is that once you buy one of his volumes on architecture, it is hard to resist the others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars had to buy it for a class, but love it 30 Jan. 2006
By Arch. Student - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm a freshman architecture student and had to get Ching's book for one of my classes. It is much better at explaining new concepts than the other dry articles we have to read for class and the sketchs are amazing. After getting this book I bought Ching's visual dictionary of architecture which is a great source for looking up terms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Primer not just for Architecture but for Creative Thought 11 April 2006
By William Whitcomb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As an artist, designer and storyteller, I find Dr. Ching's book to be a revelation. You can open it to any page, like casting the I Ching, and begin to read. His draftsmanship, his infinite patience and exceptionally ordered mind places even the most esoteric subject firmly into perspective. And it seems to rub off on the reader. If you are ever blocked for any reason, duplicate a page. I guarantee you'll return to your own work with fresh insight.
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