Thinking about Architecture An Introduction to Architectural Theory

ISBN-10: 185669755X
ISBN-13: 9781856697552
Edition: 2011
Authors: Colin Davies
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Description: In order to understand architecture in all its cultural complexity it is necessary to grasp certain basic concepts such as representation, form, and space. The aim of this book is to provide designers, teachers, students, and interested laypersons  More...

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Book details

List price: $41.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
Publication date: 10/5/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.220

In order to understand architecture in all its cultural complexity it is necessary to grasp certain basic concepts such as representation, form, and space. The aim of this book is to provide designers, teachers, students, and interested laypersons with a set of ideas that will enrich their conversation, their writing, and above all their thinking about architecture. Written in a conversational style, it introduces difficult concepts gradually, step by step. Architectural theorists and philosophers are mentioned in passing and their works are listed in the bibliography, but they are not the subject of the book. Architecture, rather than philosophy, is at the centre of the picture. The aim is to enable the reader to understand architecture in all its aspects, rather than to learn the names of particular theorists. The book is divided into eight chapters, each covering a particular aspect of architecture. Thinking about Architecture will be an invaluable standard introduction to architectural theory for architecture students, practising architects and interested general readers.

Colin Davies is professor at London Metropolitan University and the author of a number of books, including "High Tech Architecture" (1988), "Hopkins: The Work of Michael Hopkins and Partners" (two volumes, 1996-2004), and "Prefabricated Home" (2005).

Introduction
Representation
Language
Form
Space
Truth
Nature
History
The City
Index
Endnotes
Bibliography

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