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A Visual Dictionary of Architecture

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The classic, bestselling reference on architecture now revised and expanded! An essential one-volume reference of architectural topics using Francis D.K. Ching's signature presentation. It is the only dictionary that provides concise, accurate definitions illustrated with finely detailed, hand-rendered drawings. From Arch to Wood, every concept, technology, material and detail important to architects and designers are presented in Ching's unique style. * Combining text and drawing, each term is given a minimum double-page spread on large format trim size, so that the term can be comprehensively explored, graphically showing relations between concepts and sub-terms * A comprehensive index permits the reader to locate any important word in the text. * This long-awaited revision brings the latest concepts and technology of 21st century architecture, design and construction to this classic reference work It is sure to be by the side of and used by any serious architect or designer, students of architecture, interior designers, and those in construction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 228 x 304 x 18mm | 922g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 2nd Edition
  • 0470648856
  • 9780470648858
  • 80,939

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Presented in Francis D.K. Ching's signature style, this long-awaited Second Edition of A Visual Dictionary of Architecture is a remarkable, one-of-a-kind compendium that combines textual definitions and hundreds of superb line drawings to illuminate a comprehensive body of essential terms in architecture, including important interrelationships between building components. Grouped by themes, such as history, systems, structures, forms, construction, environmental issues, and behavior, all terms have their visual complement and can be readily accessed in a number of different ways.



Whether you're an architect, interior designer, construction practitioner, or simply interested in the field of architecture, A Visual Dictionary of Architecture, Second Edition provides an authoritative source of information for tracking down an elusive word--and a delight for simple armchair browsing.
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Table of contents

Preface vii Architecture 1 Arch 4 Beam 7 Brick 10 Building 13 Cable Structure 20 Ceiling 22 Ceramic 24 Church 27 Color 30 Column 32 Computer Graphics 34 Concrete 40 Construction 46 Design 52 Dome 62 Door 64 Drawing 68 Electricity 76 Elevator 82 Fastening 84 Fireplace 89 Fire Safety 90 Floor 94 Index 303 Force 98 Fortification 100 Foundation 102 Frame 106 Geometry 110 Glass 114 Hardware 116 Heat 119 History 129 House 140 Joinery 144 Light 146 Load 157 Masonry 163 Material 169 Measure 174 Membrane 176 Metal 177 Moisture Protection 184 Order 187 Ornament 190 Paint 195 Plaster 196 Plastic 200 Plate 202 Plumbing 204 Reinforced Concrete 210 Roof 216 Room 224 Shell 227 Sitework 229 Soil 232 Sound 234 Stair 239 Stone 242 Structure 244 Survey 253 Sustainability 255 Temple 266 Theater 274 Truss 277 Vault 280 Vision 282 Wall 284 Window 289 Wood 294 Index 303
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' It is the only dictionary that provides concise, accurate definitions illustrated with finely detailed, hand-rendered drawings'. (Ad-Hoc-News, 22 November 2011)
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It is the only dictionary that provides concise, accurate definitions illustrated with finely detailed, hand-rendered drawings . (Ad-Hoc-News, 22 November 2011)
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About Francis D. K. Ching

Francis D.K. Ching is Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Washington. He is the author or coauthor of numerous architecture and design books, including Architectural Graphics; Architecture: Form, Space, and Order; A Global History of Architecture; Interior Design Illustrated; and Building Construction Illustrated, all from Wiley.
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