How to Read Buildings

How to Read Buildings : A Crash Course in Architecture


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This book is a practical primer to looking at architecture and all the elements that are included in buildings, from cornices and friezes to columns and porticos - all facets of buildings are included. Each chapter takes an architectural element and looks at its variety across various historical periods and geographical locations. Examples are shown through dozens of fine engravings with extended captions, creating a dip-in read and an effective I-Spy guide. Additional sections look at the clues offerred by history, geography and religion (with a timeline showing how and where architectural elements have been introduced), and at the significance of the ornaments.

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 135 x 165 x 17mm | 398g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Herbert Press Ltd
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 600+
  • 0713686723
  • 9780713686722
  • 44,974

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"An ideal book for the traveller, student of architecture or photographer", September 14th 2008 'A great little book for anyone interested in architecture, including dozens of fine engravings with extended captions. A dip-in read and effective I-Spy guide.' Western Morning News (January 2010) 'A great pocket-sized aid to understanding the built landscape. Want to know the difference between Gothic and Baroque? A turret and a pinnacle? It's all in here.' Independent on Sunday (December 2010) 'A great pocket-size aid to understanding the built landscape.' Independent on Sunday (December 2010)

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About Carol Davidson Cragoe

Dr Carol Davidson Cragoe is a well-respected academic who specialises in architectural history. She frequently teaches courses at Birkbeck College in London and she is the author of numerous books and papers on architectural history.

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