Architectural Thought: The Design Process and the Expectant Eye

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Routledge, 2003 - Architecture - 190 pages
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An introduction to architectural thought, this text is a thorough and accessible discussion in search of the principles of the design process.

Documenting the non-verbal processes and decisions that architects and designers make is a difficult task, but one that is important when trying to understand the development of architectural design through the ages. Michael Brawne uses his experience as a practicing architect, academic and educator to provide an overview of the subject. By looking at the practices and buildings of architects past and present he incorporates history and philosophy in the search for a theory of design.

* Provides a well-rounded look at the development of architectural thought.
* Written at a level that is accessible for professionals and students.
* Illustrates how the design process has developed from antiquity to the present day.
 

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Contents

Introduction
7
Time
11
Two temples
15
Can we describe how we design?
19
Three monuments
39
Witnesses
63
Thinking drawing
83
Was it like this?
101
Light
145
Architecture language
151
Looking at pictures
155
The office the school
159
Does it matter?
163
Critical innovation
171
Afterword
179
Notes
181

Travel books memory
111
The vernacular style
119
Materials
125
Structure
137
References
183
Index
187
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Michael Brawne was a highly respected architect, academic and educator. Educated at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he worked in the office of Sir Denys Lasdun before setting up his own practice. Much of his long design and writing career focused on museums and libraries; Michael was the architect of the National Library of Sri Lanka in Colombo and has designed major art exhibitions in London at the Tate Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Haywood Gallery. He taught at the University of Cambridge and was Professor of Architecture at the University of Bath for 12 years. He has also been Aga Khan Visiting Professor at MIT.

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