Analysing Architecture

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Architecture - 255 pages
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Analysing Architecture offers a unique 'notebook' of architectural strategies to present an engaging introduction to elements and concepts in architectural design. Beautifully illustrated throughout with the author's original drawings, examples are drawn from across architectural history (from primitive places to late 20th century structures) to illustrate analytical themes and to show how drawing can be used to study architecture.

Simon Unwin clearly identifies the key elements of architecture and conceptual themes apparent in buildings. He describes ideas for use in the active process of design. Breaking down the grammar of architecture into themes and 'moves', Unwin exposes its underlying patterns to reveal the organisational strategies that lie beneath the superficial appearances of buildings.
 

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Contents

ARCHITECTURE AS IDENTIFICATION OF PLACE
9
BASIC ELEMENTS OF ARCHITECTURE
19
MODIFYING ELEMENTS OF ARCHITECTURE
33
ELEMENTS DOING MORE THAN ONE THING
53
USING THINGS THAT ARE THERE
68
PRIMITIVE PLACE TYPES
85
ARCHITECTURE AS MAKING FRAMES
125
TEMPLES AND COTTAGES
143
SPACE AND STRUCTURE
220
PARALLEL WALLS
243
STRATIFICATION
263
TRANSITION HIERARCHY HEART
278
POSTSCRIPT
289
CASE STUDIES
296
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY AND REFERENCES
346
INDEX
351

GEOMETRIES OF BEING
164
IDEAL GEOMETRY
199

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About the author (2003)

Simon Unwin is a Senior Lecturer at The Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. He has lived in Britain and Australia, and has taught architecture in Israel, Sweden, and the United States.

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