Architecture is elementary: visual thinking through architectural concepts
"Architecture is Elementary is a self-instruction book that concisely and coherently discusses the principles of architectural design. The concepts open the reader to a broad world of visual thinking. Stimulating lessons challenge the lay person and trigger creative responses from even the most sophisticated designers. Dr. Nathan B. Winters' masterful ink drawins are works of art which clarify the concepts of the book. "Nathan B. Winters has taken on the task of encouraging us to look at and think about architecture. As he points out, much of our life is spent inand around buildings, yet in so may ways we are really not aware of them. Through a well arranged text, series of lessons and a wonderful selection of drawings he leads us into and through architecture of the present and of the past. If all of us had been exposed to this sort of approach in our early education, America's cities and towns would now be more pleasant places to live in." --David Gebhard Professor and Author Department of Art History University of California, Santa Barbara
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ACTIVITY CONCEPT aesthetic alike Amiens Cathedral Analogy APPROXIMATE DATE arch architects architectural design Baroque basic beam beautiful brick building Cathedral ceilings classical classical orders color columns cont'd contrast convex Corbusier cornice create decoration DESCRIPTION diagonal Divergent dome doors Draw edges eee eee eee eeeee eeeee eeeee entry example facade feel figure floor Frank Lloyd Wright function gable geometric golden rectangle Gothic Greek Hagia Sophia Horyu-ji identify Italy Jorn Utzon LESSON LEVEL LEVEL/ACTIVITY CONCEPT light and shadow look Mannerist masses Mosque of Samarra negative spaces pattern pediment PERIOD OR STYLE planes porch positive and negative PRODUCTIVE THINKING pyramid RECOGNIZE IT VISUAL Renaissance repetition rhythm Roman Romanesque Rome roof sculpture Seagram Building side Simile square stone structure stylobate SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES Cognitive symbols symmetrical Temple texture things tower triangles truss variety Victorian VISUAL CLUES wall surface William Pereira