ABC of Architecture

ISBN-10: 0812216318
ISBN-13: 9780812216318
Edition: 1998
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 10/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

ABC of Architecture is an accessible, nontechnical introduction to architectural structure, history, and criticism. Author James F. O'Gormon moves seamlessly from a discussion of the most basic inspiration for architecture (the need for shelter from the elements), to an exploration of space, system, and material, and, finally, to an examination of the language and history of architecture. He shows the nonspecialist how to read a design in plans, sections, and elevations, and how architects, like other artists, make creative use of space and light.

RENEE TRIBERT is an independent historian and writer living in Simsbury, Connecticut. JAMES F. O'GORMAN is the McNeil Professor Emeritus at Wellesley College. He is author of Henry Austin: In Every Variety of Architectural Style, winner of Historic New England's 2009 Book Prize and the 2010 Henry-Russell Hitchcock Award from the Victorian Society of America.

Preface
Precis
Architecture
A Is for Utilitas
B Is for Firmitas
C Is for Venustas
Architecture as Communication
Learning the Lingo Glossary
Further Reading
Index

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