The book is ideal for undergraduate architecture and interior design students, especially the first years that are new into the profession. Its layout is clear, with plenty of high quality images highlighting the materials in context. In addition to writing about the properties of the material, Farrelly explains its origins enabling students to understand the background and context in which it can be applied; an important element of architectural design. This book is also ideal to have in your library should you need to refresh your memory on the different types of materials available - the materials palette at the back of the book is perfect for this.
Whilst the book is titled Construction and Materiality, it focuses on the latter; the theory and design application of the materials. There are no images explaining the technical aspects of the materials. In saying that, Farrelly addresses the key principles of the materials and as stated in her conclusion `the key to great application of materials in architecture is to be inventive...the only `real' creative limits are the boundaries of your imagination.' It sets the foundation for the reader to then apply to their individual project.
Overall, an in-depth introduction to the basics of materiality highlighted through exemplar precedents and a worthwhile addition to your architectural library.
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