How to Read Buildings

How to Read Buildings[BOOKS] ✮ How to Read Buildings By Carol Davidson Cragoe – This practical primer is a handbook for decoding a building’s style history and evolution Every building contains clues embedded in its design that identify not only its architectural style but also This practical primer is a handbook for decoding a building’s style history and evolution Every building contains clues embedded in its design that identify not only its architectural style but also the story of who designed it who it was built for and why Organized by architectural element roofs doors windows columns domes towers arches etc the book is roughly chronological within each section examining the How to Kindle - elements across history through different architectural styles and by geographical distribution Additional chapters offer overviews of how architecture has been affected by geography history and religion along with an illustrated timeline of architectural elements Also included is a chapter on applied ornament and a handy introduction to naming each part of a building All entries are accompanied by examples in the forms of period engravings line drawings and pictures The extended captions make the book invaluable for anyone who has ever pondered the meaning or importance of a hipped roof rounded doorway or classical pediment. Useful This really needed to be a full sized encyclopedia of a book rather than a pocket book one two by two inch suare to summarize Art Deco really? Nothing on the thought process of how interior spaces are made? which would probably help expand the content beyond the usual architecture fetishization of Greek Roman Classical Rennaisance architecture Also really could've used an eually in depth section on non Western architecture MIT offers a course in Chinese architecture which was amazingly fascinating As much was missing the resources and images it did have were invaluable to study I got this book to understand structures buildings The book is laid out from Building types and goes into details of towers chimneys and ornaments Roman architecture palladian stood out the most to me A lot of new definitions terms in this discipline to outsiders The Author mentions to find out similarities in styles and then read buildings An excellent introduction to Architectural Styles I would recommend this to everyone Deus Vult Gottfried A book worth of reading Finally I can tell Palladian style buildings from Renaissance The book changes your perception of the buildings around you you start to see so many important details hard work and artistic taste of the architects How to Read Buildings A Crash Course in Architectural Styles written by Carol Davidson Cragoe and published in 2008 by Rizzoli International Publications This compact book is chock full of sepia tinted images and brief descriptions of any architectural term you could imagine It would be a great resource if you are out and about looking at buildings but it was a bit overwhelming to take in all at once Pilasters and barrel vaults capitals and pediments all started to sound the same after a while to this amateur It's a great reference book though and although the images were small and monotone it was fun to see buildings all over the world highlighted for their individual styles Take it along on a trip to Europe or for a walk in your own neighborhood Very interesting and educational book i recommend it to every enthusiastic novice It starts with a short description of architectural styles from antiuity to the twentieth century Then it focuses on each part of buildings door windows towers etc and describes its evolution through times and architectural stylesReading this book gives you the opportunity to better assess buildings you visit It's like a guide on how to taste wine instead of just drinking wineHowever readers may feel lost among the many details given and have a hard time remembering the characteristic of each architectural style It's like anything else you need to put into practise what you've just learnt to better understand it and memorize it Fortunately this book is available in a small size which is convenient to take it with oneself while visiting Great little book Shame it's so EuroUS centric At first glance this book may have what you're looking for if the goal is be reminded of architectural styles and evolution through identifying structural and decorative components There's an introduction section that describes the different styles through time and then in depth looks at each kind of identifying traitThe problem is the book is too haphazard in how it presents this information For instance if you're looking to identify a building based on the door design instead of presenting the information as a variety of common traits it instead shows a few examples that aren't consistent between each section or even consistent between each style The reader is constantly needing to reference other works to figure out the actual traits they're looking for This is succinct but very dense In fact I would consider this of a reference book than a text on architecture It consists of 2 or 4 page spreads which have a photo and paragraph describing architectural concepts and words These spreads are grouped in themes Roman Gothic Religious Suburban but otherwise don't follow a discussion or overarching book theme so it ends up like a dictionary of images and concepts I would probably give it 4 stars as a reference book but as a crash course I felt it was limited Nice but could have done with a few features to be useful Like a dissection of a building helping you to identify the different parts and what eras they came from a timeline showing the change of styles and when they came in etc etc The perfect crash course in architecture

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  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • How to Read Buildings
  • Carol Davidson Cragoe
  • English
  • 23 February 2014
  • 9780847831128