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The revered architectural reference, updated with contemporary examples and interactive 3D models

The Interactive Resource Center is an online learning environment where instructors and students can access the tools they need to make efficient use of their time, while reinforcing and assessing their understanding of key concepts for successful understanding of the course. An access card with redemption code for the online Interactive Resource Center is included with all new, print copies or can be purchased separately.    (∗∗∗If you rent or purchase a used book with an access code, the access code may have been redeemed previously and you may have to purchase a new access code –ISBN: 9781118986837).

The online Interactive Resource Center contains resources tied to the book, such as:

  • Interactive Animations highlighting key concepts
  • Photo Gallery of architectural precedents illustrated in the book
  • Flashcards for focused learning

Architecture: Form, Space, and Order, Fourth Edition is the classic introduction to the basic vocabulary of architectural design, updated with new information on emerging trends and recent developments. This bestselling visual reference helps both students and professionals understand the vocabulary of architectural design by examining how space and form are ordered in the environment.

Essential and timeless, the fundamental elements of space and form still present a challenge to those who crave a deeper understanding. Taking a critical look at the evolution of spaces, Architecture distills complex concepts of design into a clear focus that inspires, bringing difficult abstractions to life. The book is illustrated throughout to demonstrate the concepts presented, and show the relationships between fundamental elements of architecture through the ages and across cultures. Topics include:

  • Primary elements and the principles of space design
  • Form and space, including light, view, openings, and enclosures
  • Organization of space, and the elements and relationships of circulation
  • Proportion and scale, including proportioning systems and anthropometry

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For more than forty years, the beautifully illustrated Architecture: Form, Space, and Order has served as the classic introduction to the basic vocabulary of architectural design. The updated and revised Fourth Edition features the fundamental elements of space and form and is designed to encourage critical thought in order to promote a more evocative understanding of architecture.

Architecture: Form, Space, and Order distills complex concepts of design into a clear focus and brings difficult abstractions to life. The book explains form and space in relation to light, view, openings, and enclosures and explores the organization of space, and the elements and relationships of circulation, as well as proportion and scale. In addition, the text s detailed illustrations demonstrate the concepts presented and reveal the relationships between fundamental elements of architecture through the ages and across cultures.

This edition includes an access card with a redemption code for the online Interactive Resource Center, which features thirty–five animations, flashcards of key architectural terms, and an image gallery showcasing hundreds of photos that enrich the book s content.

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In depth coverage of form - space - order -- equivalent to a college course 30 octobre 2014
Par Victor Blake - Publié sur
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This book includes a code than can be used to access an online interactive resource hosted by the publisher, Wiley. The resource is specifically intended to be utilized by students. The link provided (on the inside front cover of the book is not correct. The link provided (as of 10/30/14) brings you to a page on Wiley's site that does not have the "Login" feature described. A next step (not described in the instructions" is to selected "Visit Companion Site" under "Student Resources." Once there, you can begin the login process to access the interactive resources for students (aka readers).

I cannot emphasize enough that what you are paying for and getting here is far more than some architectural sketches in a book. The interactive online resources include a guided (narrated) tutorial with animated computer graphics and photos that ARE NOT IN THE TEXT which teach basic architecture. In fact the collective resources, which you can progress through sequentially or access randomly are substantially an introductory architecture (on form, space, and order) course in full.

As the title suggests, the focus is on form, space, and order. There is no substance on materials, textures, and light (although there are many of the figures suggest and explain views and light, they are not focused directly on light, just indirectly.

The examples given represent a reasonable diversity of global architecture, but tend to be focused on commercial or institutional architecture (churches, schools, stadiums, public venues, etc.). There are examples of private residences, villages, etc., but these are clearly a minority. Explanations of space in the context of these is similar in scale. But there are still many examples of personal space. For example, two pages are given just on human scale.

This is a very broad and expansive coverage. It covers elements of design that cross over into graphic design (figures and contrast of type-set as examples). But, it isn't "all inclusive." It certainly is not the focus of the book to cover materials, textures, and light for example, and these are rarely examined.

I appreciate the value of the interactive content, but was also surprised that all of the interactive content is interactive as narrative slidehow online. When I think "interactive" I don't think just trick-play (play/stop/back/forward), The content also includes flashcards for testing recall of architectural terms and definitions as well as 3D animations. But, when I think "interactive." So I was surprised that there was no downloadable content such as AutoCAD DWG files or some equivalent format to explore interactively. The scale of drawings in the text makes it very difficult (for even a full page 8 1/2" x 11" page) to see the details on commercial, industrial, or institutional scale buildings featured through the book. The only downloadable content is a PDF or XLS file with the names, locations, dates, architect's name, and geo coordinates of illustrations in the text (which are not cross referenced by page number in the book unfortunately).

There is also virtually no coverage of site planning and cultural context. Although a broad range of cultural variations are depicted, the design (even limited the criteria of the text) certainly must be contextual (think St. Patrick's Cathedral with glass buildings on either side).

If you are only going to buy one book on introductory architecture, I honestly would not recommend this book because I feel that while it covers that topics in the title extensively and well, it misses, in my humble opinion, the most intimate details of architecture which motivates many architectures and which certainly should be part of that introduction. But I don't think that is the purpose of this book, so the reader should not be disappointed not to find elements of materials, texture, light(color), etc.
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I'm really not sure what or who this book is for 8 novembre 2014
Par J. Peterson - Publié sur
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I'm not an architect, but have had a long-standing amateur interest in the design of things, especially houses. I know that Mr Ching has written lots of books on architecture, so I was hoping and expecting this book to provide me with some new insights and ideas on the design of buildings.

Unfortunately, it didn't.

What you get here is a thick book that seems to be a catalogue of architectural concepts, accompanied by *lots* of architectural drawings by Mr Ching, mostly of famous buildings, that are offered as illustrations of the listed concepts. This approach really left me cold and uninformed.

Perhaps if I were an architect, I would somehow understand the value of this and thus appreciate it more. But I would also assume that someone trained in architecture would already know and understand these concepts. So I can't actually figure out what this book is for, or who the audience is.

Despite the large volume of drawings, this is not an "idea book" from which one could find inspiration for designing your own house (as I am doing).

And in the end, this book failed my ultimate test of value: Did I learn one enduring or useful thing from it? No. Well, maybe that Mr Ching is good at making architectural drawings of famous buildings.

I would contrast this to any of the books by Christopher Alexander, from whose books I feel that I learned what design is all about, and *why* various design elements make so much sense.

If I had browsed this book in a physical bookstore, I would never have bought it.
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