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A Visual Dictionary of Architecture Paperback – 14 Nov 1996

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1st edition (14 Nov. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471288217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471288213
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 1.8 x 30.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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"Ching's clear definitions and over 3,000 accompanying line drawings make this book a valuable, graphically striking resource." -- Interiors

"Frank Ching's technical dexterity has now reached legendary artistic levels... This reference book is a treasure to be valued for the wealth of information it provides. As you read, each page becomes more and more enlightening." -- Journal of Interior Design

"The premise behind the book is straightforward and logical that designers will immediately ask themselves why they didn't write and illustrate it themselves." -- Contract Design

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"The symbolic relationship between graphic and verbal communication is the basis for this visual dictionary of architecture."

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By A Customer on 9 Feb. 1999
Format: Hardcover
Every serious student of ARCHITECTURE as well as your consumate professionals in the architecture field should buy and read this book. I continue to read it over and over. I go back to it often not only to find definitions but to be inspired. Ching is perhaps thee best architectural artist of our era. His delicate sketches and diagrams unlock all the crevices of your imagination. Simply astounding-GENIUS!
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Format: Paperback
Having asked for this book as a present I am so glad I did. This has to be THE BEST dictionary on architecture. I also have a non visual dictionary by Oxford but this book far outweighs that one. Being an architecture student, there are still a lot of architectural terms I am not familiar with which is where this book comes in real handy. Every time I come across a new term I always think "no, it's not going to be in here" but it actually IS! Not only is there a brief description but to help you understand better there is often a hand sketch too (of which there are many and of EXCELLENT quality). The best thing about this book is, however, I have architects looking up things in here too! This book is invaluable and a definite must for anyone studying architecture or even newly qualified architects!

Excellent excellent excellent.
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simply put..

if you're an architecture student you should buy this book!.. it will help with all technology and history assignments. this book is useful for revision! 'archi-terms' pretty much all in there!..

it is not like form space order, it is a concise book of terms. VERY USEFUL!.. form space order is more useful for design projects, visual dictionary is more useful for research and assignments...

hope this helps.. :)
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I bought this for my sister who is studying architecture, and she's over the moon with it. I wanted to give her a bit of inspiration, and a reference book and this has done it. Great job by the author, and in exquisite detail too.
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Having flicked through Francis Ching's other books on Architectural Graphics, Design Drawing, Building Construction Illustrated and Architecture: Space, Form and Order - the Visual Dictionary is Ching's best. It is illuminated with vivid drawings covering a range of topics such as historic building features, sustainability, energy, structure, wall, roofs etc. - simply put a delightfully illustrated book that ought to be in any architect's book collection.
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This is a superb book. The drawings, in a perfectly appropriate penciled style, bring all the information to life in a way that one can visualy integrate into ones internal mind-map of any building one is looking at whilst trying to unravel its internal structure and external form. The only problem with the book is its size. I'm not a trained architect and use the book to navigate around and understand in greater depth the bulidings I work on. I have constructed a funky book -box to slide the book into to stop it getting battered to bits on site or as it rattles about in my vehicle. Appart from that somewhat unavoidable problem, it's the best visual refrence on building form and structure I've ever used. Worth every penny.
Phil Waters. B.Sc.
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Very good book.It is a basic book to have when you start studying or even if you are a foreign person trying to learn the specific vocabulary in English.
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Every serious student of architecture and consumate professional in the architectural field should have and read this book. I keep going back to it over and over. It works quite well as a dictionary of terms and most importantly as a source of great inspiration. Ching is perhaps the best architectural artist of our time. The pencil graphics and representations found throughout the text are amazing. The book energizes my imagination each time I open it. Simply astounding! A work of art!
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