Architecture is Elementary

Architecture is Elementary

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Awarded for its unique ink illustrations, this newly revised edition of Architecture is Elementary is a self-instruction book that concisely and coherently discusses the principles of architectural design. Stimulating lessons challenge the lay person and trigger creative responses. New features include a fresh design and layout, 50 new illustrations of recent and planned buildings, and new lessons that update the book for the world of twenty-first-century architecture.

Author Nathan Winters explains the rationale for developers choosing to build higher and taller with modern high-rises, and explores the engineering challenges for such giant structures. He also addresses the dangers of such adventurous design in this century, including becoming tempting targets for terrorists. Architecture is Elementary also explores issues surrounding modern landscape architecture, as Winters looks at the impact of green design and cities that seek to reclaim useless spaces (such as inactive railroad lines), converting them into parks for urban use. He also explores the financial and economic benefits of beautified landscape.

The new layout, new lesson materials, and current examples of future thinking in the world of architecture make this a must-have for every serious teacher, student, and practitioner of architecture.

Dr. Nathan B. Winters earned a Ph.D., specializing in art and creativity. He served as chair of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah, where he was a professor for 29 years. He is currently Professor Emeritus from the College of Fine Arts. His artwork is found in many private collections around the country. He has served as educational consultant to the states of Florida, Utah, Hawaii, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, as well as the Alberta Province of Canada. He is the coauthor of Art Is Elementary. He lives in Midway, Utah.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 208.3 x 261.6 x 20.3mm | 657.72g
  • Layton, UT, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Rev ed.
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1586858297
  • 9781586858292
  • 1,226,038

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From ancient structures through the millennia of built environments worldwide, Architecture is Elementary is revised after twenty years in print. Winters updates his classic book on the foundation of architecture through discussions of the world's tallest buildings and landscape design, with emphasis on designing and reclaiming green spaces in metropolitan areas.

Already awarded for its unique illustrations in both number and quality, the book features fifty new illustrations of recent and planned buildings. The original edition was voted one of the top 20 on architecture by the National Librarians Association.

The new layout, new lesson materials, and current examples of future thinking in the world of architecture make this a must-have for every serious teacher, student and practitioner of architecture.
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Acknowledgements Introduction Level One Lesson 1 Alike and Different Lesson 2 Order Lesson 3 Edges Lesson 4 Shapes Lesson 5 Size by Comparing Lesson 6 Built Environment Lesson 7 Repetition and Rhythm Level Two Lesson 8 Units and Clusters Lesson 9 Balance Lesson 10 Pattern Lesson 11 Measuring by Eye and Ruler Lesson 12 Relating Parts of the Whole Level Three Lesson 13 Contrast Lesson 14 Architecture in Environment Lesson 15 Planes Lesson 16 Function and Form Lesson 17 Shapes from Nature Lesson 18 Scale Lesson 19 Considering All Views Lesson 20 Optical Weight Level Four Lesson 21 Rhythm, Pattern, Movement Lesson 22 A Identifying Architectural Styles Lesson 22 B Ancient World Period Lesson 22 C Early Christian Period Lesson 22 D Medieval Period Lesson 22 E Renaissance Period Lesson 22 F Baroque Period Lesson 22 G Revolutionary Period Lesson 22 H Twentieth-Century Style Lesson 23 Orders of Architecture Lesson 24 Architectural Periods and Styles in Your Community Lesson 25 Concave and Convex Forms Lesson 26 Interesting Divisions of Space Lesson 27 Symbolism (Building "Talk") Level Five Lesson 28 Proportion Lesson 29 Golden Mean Lesson 30 Building Design for Special Needs Lesson 31 Light and Shadow-Solar Energy Lesson 32 Triangles Lesson 33 Positive and Negative Forms and Spaces Lesson 34 Mass Equals Geometric Bulk Lesson 35 Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Space Lesson 36 Roof Systems Level Six Lesson 37 Organic and Mechanical Structures Lesson 38 Hidden Patterns Lesson 39 Complexity and Simplicity-A Balance Lesson 40 Shadows Level Seven Lesson 41 Extending Points, Lines, and Planes to Make Form and Volume Lesson 42 Architectural Groupings and Clusters Lesson 43 Color Lesson 44 City PlanningLesson 45 Contrast as Used by Architects Lesson 46 Order-the Most important Design Concept Lesson 47 Proportion and Regulating Lines Lesson 48 Adjusting Positive and Negative Spaces Lesson 49 Naming Parts of Structures and Processes Lesson 50 Planning Building Sites Lesson 51 Postmodern, "Green" Architecture, and Deconstructivism Time Lines Glossary
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