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.
For the basics, try any Western art history textbook. :-)
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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.
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.
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.