Exercises in Architecture
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|No. of pages:||240 pages|
|Illustrations:||883 Illustrations, black & white; 122 Halftones, black & white; 761 Line drawings, black & white|
There is new content in this revised edition of Exercises in Architecture: Learning to Think as an Architect. All the original exercises have been revised and new ones added. The aim remains the same, to help pre- or early-course architecture students begin and develop their ability to think as architects.
This revised edition of Exercises in Architecture: Learning to Think as an Architect is full of new content, building on the success of the previous edition. All the original exercises have been revised and new ones added, with the format changing to allow the inclusion of more supplementary material. The aim remains the same, to help pre- or early-course architecture students begin and develop their ability to think as architects.
Learning to do architecture is tricky. It involves awakening abilities that remain dormant in most people. It is like learning language for the first time; a task made more mystifying by the fact that architecture deals not in words but in places: places to stand, to walk, to sit, to hide, to sleep, to cook, to eat, to work, to play, to worship?
This book was written for those who want to be architects. It suggests a basis for early experiences in a school of architecture; but it could also be used in secondary schools and colleges, or as self-directed preparation for students in the months before entering professional education.
Exercises in Architecture builds on and supplements the methodology for architectural analysis presented in the author?s previous book Analysing Architecture: the Universal Language of Place-Making (fifth edition, 2021) and demonstrated in his Twenty-Five Buildings Every Architect Should Understand (Routledge, 2015). Together, the three books, deal with the three aspects of learning any creative discipline: 1. Analysing Architecture provides a methodology for analysis that develops an understanding of the way architecture works; 2. Twenty-Five Buildings explores and extends that methodology through analysis of examples as case studies; and 3. Exercises in Architecture offers a way of expanding understanding and developing fluency by following a range of rudimentary and more sophisticated exercises.
Those who wish to become professional architects (wherever in the world they might be) must make a conscious effort to learn the universal language of architecture as place-making, to explore its powers and how they might be used. The exercises in this book are designed to help.
?One of those books I wish I had come across when I was studying design. It?s a wonderful educational endeavour.? Michael Andersson, Amazon.co.uk
?Great book by a great author.? jgfw, Amazon.com
Prelude: the essence of architecture Introduction Section 1: fundamentals Exercise 1: the substance without substance Exercise 2: flipping perceptions Exercise 3: axis (and its denial) Exercise 4: doorway places Section 2: geometry Exercise 5: alignment Exercise 6: anthropometry Exercise 7: social geometry Exercise 8: geometry of making Exercise 9: geometry of planning Exercise 10: ideal geometry Exercise 11: axial symmetry Exercise 12: playing with geometry Section 3: out into the real world Exercise 13: making places in the landscape Exercise 14: making places just by being Exercise 15: geometry of making Exercise 16: responding to conditions Exercise 17: framing atmospheres Exercise 18: measured drawing Exercise 19: setting down space
-time rules Section 4: additional exercises Exercise 20: place descriptions in literature Exercise 21: architecture without sight Exercise 21: eliciting an emotional response Exercise 22: framing Acknowledgements Bibliography Index