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November 7th, 2006, 02:46 AM
I wanted to ask, is there such a thing as a a book that breaks down the different make-ups of a structure? I'm mostly looking into gothic cathedrals, but modern structures would work as well as long as I can learn architectual knowledge in general.
If so, what are the books and where can I buy them? If you don't have a book for recommendation but know that there are several books out there (only I can't find them or I can't spot them), it'd be awesome if you can give me the right "terms" so I can search for them in Barnes & Noble or Amazon.com or something. So far, the word "Architecture" doesn't show me much except visual books.
November 7th, 2006, 04:48 AM
This sound interesting. I'd also like to know about this. Any good suggestions?
November 7th, 2006, 08:43 AM
For the basics, try any Western art history textbook. :-)
November 7th, 2006, 10:00 AM
This book is not brilliant but it is cheap when compared a full architecture text and it covers plenty of the symbolism behind the details. It might serve well as aid to a more general structural work.
November 7th, 2006, 12:33 PM
This is what I've been looking for lately too. Some kind of book that has photos of architecture from all over the world and goes into the common elements that make up the structures.
November 7th, 2006, 01:42 PM
What you are describing sounds somewhat like "A Visual Dictionary of Architecture" by Francis D.K Ching
For more in depth study of modern housing for set design purposes, try to find a used copy of "Architectural Graphic Standards."
edit - I was out during lunch and saw a few other books you might find useful
"A Global History of Architecture"
"DK Architecture - The World's Greatest Buildings"
November 7th, 2006, 05:15 PM
I went through my school's library and found "a visual dictionary of architecture" and right as I was getting online to recommend it, I saw your post. This book seems to be almost exactly what I needed. Thanks for the info man.
November 8th, 2006, 01:47 AM
Western architecture grew out of the renaissance's interpretation of Greek buildings. A good book for a general understanding of western art history is E.H. Gombrich's "The Story of Art", it has good info on architecture, with a good list of books in the bibliography. The first guy to organize the rules of Greek/Renaissance architecture is Andrea Palladio, I can't remember the name of the book he wrote though, but it's easy to find information on him.
November 8th, 2006, 10:57 AM
try David Macauley's "cathedral"
not precisely a text book, but all the info is there if you look for it
November 9th, 2006, 12:57 PM
Any book from this publisher is well worth it but exspensive
I personally own this book but i have not gotten to read it yet. its a little too high brow for me. awesome book though
and i always have a subscription to Architectural Record
November 10th, 2006, 01:49 AM
Oh my, good responses. Thank you everyone! You guys made my day, lol.
Anyway, here's my own contribution for those who enjoy gothic cathedrals (and then some) as much as I do:
It's called "Churches", and it's somewhat expensive, but a total work of art. It's a hardcover book, and what's most interesting is not only the inside, but the book itself is 14 or so inches tall and every inch is full of magnificent details and clear pictures. Enjoy, and thanks to everyone and their recommendations. I'm really gonna benefit from them.
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