How to Read a Building

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Collins, 2007 - Architecture - 191 pages
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Designed for novices to the field, this is a complete and informative introduction to the study of architecture. The primary characteristics of the main architectural styles are all addressed as are the differences between them. Images of a variety of public and private buildings—including homes, museums, and monuments—are included to illustrate the key traits of various schools. Additionally, the general history of architecture is covered and an educational “Thinking Architecturally” section is provided. Easy-to-read and filled with plenty of intriguing facts, this is your guide to understanding the buildings that surround you everyday.

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Timothy Brittain-Catlin is an architectural historian, architect and writer on architecture. He teaches at the Kent School of Architecture, University of Kent, at Canterbury. He has worked in Israel on urban renewal schemes, and taught at the Israeli Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. He contributes to the Architectural Review, writes regular features for the World of Interiors, and also designed his own house, the Millennium Villa.

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