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This book defines over 5,000 terms relating to architectural design, history, and technology. It is the only dictionary that provides concise, accurate definitions illustrated with finely detailed, hand-rendered drawings, each executed in Mr. Ching's signature style....

Title : A Visual Dictionary of Architecture
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ISBN : 9780471288213
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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A Visual Dictionary of Architecture Reviews

  • Forrest
    2019-06-01 12:35

    I am not an architect and now I don't need to be. I bought this book purely as a reference for my writing craft, and I am very glad I did so. This is the Gray's Anatomy of architecture, if you will, presented in an easy to digest visual manner. It takes some digging to find exactly what you want, because the book is organized so that taxonomic categories and theoretical ideas are interspersed in a way that doesn't always make sense, but, if it's architectural in any way, it's in there. An extremely useful resource when trying to figure out exactly what it is your heroine is dangling from beneath the tentacled monster shambling toward her over the roof.

  • Tine Fuentebella
    2019-05-26 18:49

    This is the only reference book i read cover to cover when i took the licensure exam and i passed! This book is highly informative in visual and in context.

  • Samuel
    2019-06-09 13:45

    Professor Francis D.K. Ching's A Visual Dictionary of Architecture is the most useful tool I have found yet for understanding the descriptive terminology used in the diverse field of architecture. It is general yet broad enough to be useful to students, architects, contractors, historians, preservationists, etc. who have an interest in and/or desire to know what to call the complex components of everyday (as well as many common typology) buildings. The blend of visual imagery with short descriptions makes this book an invaluable reference in writing about architecture. Not only are the illustrations gorgeous, but the explanations are succinct and comprehensible.The book is organized into 68 broad, basic architectural categories (such as door, flooring, hardware, heat, plumbing, structure, etc.) that then have full-page illustrations showing the diverse types of architectural details/terms along with hand-drafted drawings associated with the broader theme. This allows for quick, comparative presentations of related but differentiated details. Most users, however, will use the book as a back-to-front reference. For this purpose, the rear index allows for quick reference in finding terms you want defined or clarified. For example, perhaps you want to know if you should refer to a certain part of the building as a "stoop," a "porch," or a "portico"--looking up any of these words will refer you to a page number under the umbrella category "Building" that illustrates and describes the various differences among the three terms. I highly recommend this book if you plan to write about buildings, and/or if you appreciate beautiful architectural illustrations (as the latter suggests, it can double as a coffee table book).

  • Jessie Moberg
    2019-06-17 13:36

    Excellent reference for architecture terminology and concepts - both common and obscure. I read it cover to cover as a supplement to my exam prep books.

  • Nidhi Patel
    2019-05-28 16:45

    It's the best book I ever read for the basic spells used in architecture...

  • Ronalyn San
    2019-06-12 11:22

    i want to have more knowledge about architecture.

  • Reyhan Ismail
    2019-06-20 11:30

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  • Carlie Crowe
    2019-06-19 15:27

    A visual dictionary of architecture. (1996). Wiley.Citation by: Carlie CroweType of Reference: DictionaryCall Number: Ref 720Content/Scope: A dictionary that can be used at the high school level, contains fundamentals terms and basic concepts.Accuracy/Authority/Bias: Wiley is a publishing company now for its strengths in major academic, scientific and professional fields.Arrangement/Presentation: Arrangement is alphabetical. Included in the 320 pages are illustrations of content along with an index.Relation to other works: There are many architecture dictionaries; this dictionary meets requirements for libraries that need a comprehensive reference at a high school level.Accessibility/Diversity: This will be of specific interest to students who study architecture in their visual arts classes and in the building classes in the area technology center.Cost: $44.95Professional Review: Anderson, Kent. (1996). Bookmarks: Symbols and schooling. School Arts. May/Jun96, Vol. 95 Issue 9, p38. 4p. 2 Black and White Photographs.

  • Mike
    2019-06-26 14:39

    This is the most fantastic and complete architectural reference I have ever encountered.No one knows all the little, pedantic architectural terms you need to study the built world. This book not only has all of them but is full of beautiful and informative illustrations. Everyone who studies architecture; students in: art history, architecture, historic preservation and engineering should have a copy of this book on hand.Check it out from a library, see how useful it is and then go buy it.

  • Ester Joy Portento
    2019-05-26 18:38

    If you ever want to study architecture and just enjoy it, I'll highly recommend you this book. Really good! Although I already finished reading this, I'm sure that I'll read this over and over again. I think this is the first ever non fiction book that I have ever give a five star to. D.K. Ching deserved it, he helped a lot of us in our field to understand it better.

  • Maryam Shahriari
    2019-05-29 13:24

    نوشتن درباره کتاب‌هایی که با استرس برای کنکور خوندی کار آسونی نیست. خوندن‌هایی که بعضاً فقط به هدف در ذهن موندن تا کنکور بوده نه در ذهن موندن تا همیشه! :|‏‏ولی مسلماً کتاب ضروری‌ای هست برای هر معماری که می‌خواد به کشف مطالب به روز دنیا (به زبانی بین‌المللی) تسلط داشته باشه.‏‏زمستان 90

  • Elaine
    2019-06-15 15:21

    I have read this book during my review for the board exams and I found it very useful. Everything was categorized, illustrated and described for easy reference and understanding. So far, this is the best reference for students of architecture and design.

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  • Rebecca
    2019-06-15 17:23

    A visual exploration of architectural spaces, using structures around the world. Terrific book for students of all levels.

  • Marco
    2019-06-14 13:47


  • Hennah M.
    2019-05-30 13:24

    This is my awesome review.

  • Dawn
    2019-05-26 16:31

    Very useful to have at hand.

  • Madhu murugesan
    2019-05-29 13:46

    A must have book for all's simply a bible for architecture....nothing more to say

  • Ronald Roy
    2019-06-20 17:48

    Visual and concise, an excellent resource for humanity.

  • Jonah Flor
    2019-06-11 18:48

    the best :)

  • DJ Yossarian
    2019-06-21 19:21

    An indispensable reference, and just flat out fun to leaf through at random.

  • Bhozs Bher
    2019-05-29 18:24