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    DescriptionWhen is a building just a building and when is it art? This accessible guide cuts through the jargon and clearly explains the essentials of architecture, demystifying the incredible ways in which structures and spaces come alive. You'll gain a real appreciation for architecture and the confidence to talk about it even to an architect. It provides just the essential information for readers on the go who want to understand architecture. It covers the highlights of architectural history, from the Great Pyramids to Frank Gehry's Guggenheim museum in Bilbao. It explains how to look at a building and appreciate it. It explains when a building's a building and when it's art. Part of Tens includes Ten Great Architectural Masterpieces, Ten Biggest Architectural and Engineering Failures, Ten of the Most Interesting Architects Working Today, and more.


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    Title
    Architecture For Dummies
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Deborah K Deitsch, Foreword by Robert A. M. Stern
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 188 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780764553967
    ISBN 10: 0764553968
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ARC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.5
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: AM
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    LC subject heading:
    ECPA Christian Book Category: GNRGSEREF
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 02
    Abridged Dewey: 720
    B&T General Subject: 130
    DC22: 720
    Ingram Subject Code: AR
    Libri: I-AR
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15850
    B&T Approval Code: A05010000
    BISAC V2.8: ARC000000
    DC21: 720
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: NA2550 .D54 2002, NA2550.D54
    Thema V1.0: AM
    Illustrations note
    colour and b&w illustrations
    Publisher
    John Wiley & Sons Inc
    Imprint name
    Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
    Publication date
    15 July 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Foster City
    Author Information
    Debra K. Dietch is an architecture and design critic who writes for major newspapers and magazines. She is the former editor in chief of Architecture Magazine and former executive editor of Architecture Record.
    Back cover copy
    Praise for "Architect For Dummies""Deborah Dietsch is an insightful critic and author. In this book, she has a rare ability to address a professional audience, while providing accessibility to a lay reader." --FIAI, Antoine Predock ArchitectureDiscover the thrill of architecture from the Great Pyramids to the Guggenheim BilbaoGreat architects, innovative designs, and engaging photographs throughoutGet a handle on the nuts and bolts of design and constructionWhen is a building just a building and when is it art? This accessible guide cuts through the jargon and clearly explains the essentials of architecture, demystifying the incredible ways in which structures and spaces come alive. You'll gain a real appreciation for architecture and the confidence to talk about it--even to an architect.Get smart! @www.dummies.comFind listings of all our booksChoose from many different subject categoriesSign up for daily eTips at www.dummiesdaily.com
    Table of contents
    Foreword. Introduction. Part I: Knowing and Appreciating Architecture. Chapter 1: Knowing When a Building Is Just a Building and When It's Architecture. Chapter 2: How to Look at a Building. Chapter 3: Building Your Architectural Vocabulary. Part II: Nuts and Bolts: Looking at How Architecture Is Designed and Built. Chapter 4: How Buildings Are Born. Chapter 5: Just What Do Architects Do, Anyway? Chapter 6: A Simple Structure: How Buildings Stand Up. Part III: Western Architecture: A Survey of the Most Important Structures. Chapter 7: Gimme Shelter: Prehistoric Structures and the Ancient World. Chapter 8: Acropolis Now: Classical Greece and Rome. Chapter 9: Domes, Arches, and Vaults, Oh My: Byzantine and Medieval Architecture. Chapter 10: Beauty Meets Mathematics and Drama: From Renaissance to Rococo. Chapter 11: Revivals Everywhere: The Classical and Gothic Are New Again. Chapter 12: Here Comes the Industrial Age: Prefab Is Here to Stay. Chapter 13; Flying High and Close to the Sun: Skyscrapers! Chapter 14: Mother Nature versus the Machines: Modern Styles. Chapter 15: The Only Constant Is Change: From Modern Purism to Postmodern Pluralism. Part IV: Eastern Architecture: A Survey of the Most Important Structures. Chapter 16: China and Japan: Traditions in Wood. Chapter 17: More Than the Taj Mahal: Architecture in India. Chapter 18: The Islamic World. Part V: Arranging the Present and Saving the Past. Chapter 19: Understanding Urban Design. Chapter 20: Historic Preservation: Saving the Past for the Future. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 21: The Ten Most Fascinating Architects Working Today. Chapter 22: Ten Architectural Masterpieces. Chapter 23: Ten Amazing Items of Trivia That'll Impress All Your Friends! Chapter 24: The Top Ten Skyscrapers. Index.