How to Read Buildings

How to Read Buildings : A Crash Course in Architecture

3.97 (505 ratings by Goodreads)
3.97 (505 ratings by Goodreads)

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A practical primer to looking at architecture and all the elements that are included in buildings.

How to Read Buildings is a practical introduction to looking at and appreciating architecture which guides you through the historical and architectural clues embedded in every building. Small enough to carry in your pocket and serious enough to provide real answers, this comprehensive guide:

- Explores key characteristics of structures dating from every period from the ancient Greeks to the present day
- Gives expert advice on how to identify any building and put it in historical context
- Provides an accessible visual guide to architectural styles and structural elements using detailed engravings and text
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 139 x 165 x 20mm | 395g
  • Herbert Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 600+ illustrations; 600+ illustrations
  • 9781912217304
  • 197,393

Table of contents

Building Types
A Grammar of Style
Columns & Capitals
Roofs & Gables
Doors & Porches
Chimneys & Fireplaces
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Review Text

"An ideal book for the traveller, student of architecture or photographer", September 14th 2008
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An ideal book for the traveller, student of architecture or photographer. * * 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 * 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 * A great pocket-size aid to understanding the built landscape. * Independent on Sunday *
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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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