Introducing Architectural Theory

Debating a Discipline

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Author: Korydon Smith

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136190295

Category: Architecture

Page: 448

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This is the most accessible architectural theory book that exists. Korydon Smith presents each common architectural subject – such as tectonics, use, and site – as though it were a conversation across history between theorists by providing you with the original text, a reflective text, and a philosophical text. He also introduces each chapter by highlighting key ideas and asking you a set of reflective questions so that you can hone your own theory, which is essential to both your success in the studio and your adaptability in the profession. These primary source texts, which are central to your understanding of the discipline, were written by such architects as Le Corbusier, Robert Venturi, and Adrian Forty. The appendices also have guides to aid your reading comprehension; to help you write descriptively, analytically, and disputationally; and to show you citation styles and how to do library-based research. More than any other architectural theory book about the great thinkers, Introducing Architectural Theory teaches you to think as well.

Introducing Architectural Theory

Debating a Discipline

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Author: Korydon Smith

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136190309

Category: Architecture

Page: 428

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This is the most accessible architectural theory book that exists. Korydon Smith presents each common architectural subject – such as tectonics, use, and site – as though it were a conversation across history between theorists by providing you with the original text, a reflective text, and a philosophical text. He also introduces each chapter by highlighting key ideas and asking you a set of reflective questions so that you can hone your own theory, which is essential to both your success in the studio and your adaptability in the profession. These primary source texts, which are central to your understanding of the discipline, were written by such architects as Le Corbusier, Robert Venturi, and Adrian Forty. The appendices also have guides to aid your reading comprehension; to help you write descriptively, analytically, and disputationally; and to show you citation styles and how to do library-based research. More than any other architectural theory book about the great thinkers, Introducing Architectural Theory teaches you to think as well.

Introducing Architectural Theory

Debating a Discipline

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Author: Korydon H. Smith

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415888379

Category: Architecture

Page: 423

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This is the most accessible architectural theory book that exists. Korydon Smith presents each common architectural subject – such as tectonics, use, and site – as though it were a conversation across history between theorists by providing you with the original text, a reflective text, and a philosophical text. He also introduces each chapter by highlighting key ideas and asking you a set of reflective questions so that you can hone your own theory, which is essential to both your success in the studio and your adaptability in the profession. These primary source texts, which are central to your understanding of the discipline, were written by such architects as Le Corbusier, Robert Venturi, and Adrian Forty. The appendices also have guides to aid your reading comprehension; to help you write descriptively, analytically, and disputationally; and to show you citation styles and how to do library-based research. More than any other architectural theory book about the great thinkers, Introducing Architectural Theory teaches you to think as well.

Introducing Architectural Tectonics

Exploring the Intersection of Design and Construction

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Author: Chad Schwartz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317564049

Category: Architecture

Page: 422

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Introducing Architectural Tectonics is an exploration of the poetics of construction. Tectonic theory is an integrative philosophy examining the relationships formed between design, construction, and space while creating or experiencing a work of architecture. In this text, author Chad Schwartz presents an introductory investigation into tectonic theory, subdividing it into distinct concepts in order to make it accessible to beginning and advanced students alike. The book centers on the tectonic analysis of twenty contemporary works of architecture located in eleven countries including Germany, Italy, United States, Chile, Japan, Bangladesh, Spain, and Australia and designed by such notable architects as Tadao Ando, Herzog & de Meuron, Kengo Kuma, Olson Kundig, and Peter Zumthor. Although similarities do exist between the projects, their distinctly different characteristics – location and climate, context, size, program, construction methods – and range of interpretations of tectonic expression provide the most significant lessons of the book, helping you to understand tectonic theory. Written in clear, accessible language, these investigations examine the poetic creation of architecture, showing you lessons and concepts that you can integrate into your own work, whether studying in a university classroom or practicing in a professional office.

Thinking About Architecture

An Introduction to Architectural Theory

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Author: Colin Davies

Publisher: Laurence King Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Architecture

Page: 160

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The aim of the book is to provide teachers, students, practising architects and curious readers with a set of ideas that will enrich their conversation, their writing, and above all their thinking about architecture.It's divided into eight chapters, each covering a particular aspect of architecture, and introduces difficult concepts gradually.

Building Ideas

An Introduction to Architectural Theory

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Author: Jonathan A. Hale

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780471851943

Category: Architecture

Page: 252

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Building Ideas An Introduction to Architectural Theory This book is an essential text for students of architecture and related disciplines, satisfying the demand for an accessible introduction to the major theoretical debates in contemporary architecture. Written in a lucid and user-friendly style, the book also acts as a guide and companion volume to the many primary theoretical texts recently made available in reprinted collections. Whilst architectural monographs, collections of building precedents and polemical manifestoes are growing more and more numerous, Building Ideas is the first book to provide an introduction to such a broad range of issues in architectural theory. This text therefore serves to fill a widening gap between the everyday practice of architecture and the often bewildering field of academic theoretical debate. Beginning with a general introduction to the field of architectural theory, covering the interface between philosophy and technology in the production and interpretation of buildings, the book presents the major theoretical positions in contemporary architecture through a series of thematically structured chapters. Each chapter deals with a specific approach to the theory and criticism of architecture by presenting a series of related buildings as illustrations of a key theoretical position, as well as setting this position in a cultural and historical context. Under the five broad headings of 'Architecture as Engineering - The Technological Revolution', 'Architecture as Art - Aesthetics in Philosophy', 'The Return of the Body - Phenomenology in Architecture', 'Systems of Communication - Structuralism and Semiotics' and 'Politics and Architecture - The Marxist Tradition', the book presents a wide but critical survey of the central questions in the current theoretical debate. Providing the theoretical tools necessary for an understanding of the history of philosophies and technologies in architecture, this book is essential reading for undergraduate architectural theory courses as well as a first point of reference for anyone wishing to understand the complex connections between architecture and related fields of cultural enquiry.

Introduction to Architecture

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Author: Francis D. K. Ching,James F. Eckler

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118330331

Category: Architecture

Page: 432

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A survey of the built environment distills the work of legendary author and illustrator Francis D. K. Ching into a single volume Introduction to Architecture presents the essential texts and drawings of Francis D. K. Ching for those new to architecture and design. With his typical highly graphic approach, this is the first introductory text from Ching that surveys the design of spaces, buildings, and cities. In an easy to understand format, readers will explore the histories and theories of architecture, design elements and process, and the technical aspects of the contemporary profession of architecture. The book explains the experience and practice of architecture and allied disciplines for future professionals, while those who love the beauty of architecture drawing will delight in the gorgeous illustrations included. Overview of the issues and practices of architecture in an all-in-one introductory text Includes new chapters and introductory essays by James Eckler, and features more than 1,000 drawings throughout Professor Ching is the bestselling author of numerous books on architecture and design, all published by Wiley; his works have been translated into 16 languages and are regarded as classics for their renowned graphical presentation For those pursuing a career in architecture or anyone who loves architectural design and drawing, Introduction to Architecture presents a beautifully illustrated and comprehensive guide to the subject.

Restructuring Architectural Theory

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Author: Marco Diani,Catherine Ingraham

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 0810108356

Category: Architecture

Page: 128

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Restructuring Architectural Theory addresses the impact of contemporary critical theory, from poststructuralism to deconstruction and beyond, on architecture. This unique collection of essays will be invaluable to students and scholars as well as to architects and art historians for the range of issues it covers and the depth of analysis it provides.

Understanding Architecture

An Introduction to Architecture and Architectural History

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Author: Hazel Conway,Rowan Roenisch

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134360533

Category: Architecture

Page: 304

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A comprehensive introduction to architecture and architectural history and exceptional in its approach, this book explores architecture as a current practice in relation to history and in relation to the wider context of cultures, conservation and the environment. This new edition brings in the new emphasis on sustainability, urbanism, urban regeneration and cultural identity, in order to take a holistic approach to the subject of architecture. Highly illustrated, this book enables the reader to make sense of the experience of architecture and the built environment by understanding more about the form, construction, meaning and history of the subject.

Rethinking Architecture

A Reader in Cultural Theory

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Author: Neil Leach

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134796285

Category: Architecture

Page: 432

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Brought together for the first time - the seminal writing on architecture by key philosophers and cultural theorist of the twentieth century. Issues around the built environment are increasingly central to the study of the social sciences and humanities. The essays offer a refreshing take on the question of architecture and provocatively rethink many of the accepted tenets of architecture theory from a broader cultural perspective. The book represents a careful selection of the very best theoretical writings on the ideas which have shaped our cities and our experiences of architecture. As such, Rethinking Architecture provides invaluable core source material for students on a range of courses.

Diversity and Design

Understanding Hidden Consequences

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Author: Beth Tauke,Korydon Smith,Charles Davis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317688511

Category: Architecture

Page: 306

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Diversity and Design explores how design - whether of products, buildings, landscapes, cities, media, or systems - affects diverse members of society. Fifteen case studies in television, marketing, product design, architecture, film, video games, and more, illustrate the profound, though often hidden, consequences design decisions and processes have on the total human experience. The book not only investigates how gender, race, class, age, disability, and other factors influence the ways designers think, but also emphasizes the importance of understanding increasingly diverse cultures and, thus, averting design that leads to discrimination, isolation, and segregation. With over 140 full-color illustrations, chapter summaries, discussion questions and exercises, Diversity and Design is a valuable tool to help you understand the importance of designing for all.

Interior Design

Theory and Process

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Author: Anthony Sully

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408152027

Category: Architecture

Page: 216

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Successful interior design requires the resolution of a multitude of problems, from views and connections to lighting and furnishing. In this book interior designer Anthony Sully provides a conceptual approach to analysing structure, function, space and light, and styling forms. Each topic is divided into graspable elements, making this an accessible text for students and a useful handbook for experienced practitioners wishing to recharge their batteries.

Architectural Theory of Modernism

Relating Functions and Forms

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Author: Ute Poerschke

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317245601

Category: Architecture

Page: 250

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Architectural Theory of Modernism presents an overview of the discourse on function-form concepts from the beginnings, in the eighteenth century, to its peak in High Modernism. Functionalist thinking and its postmodern criticism during the second half of the twentieth century is explored, as well as today's functionalism in the context of systems theory, sustainability, digital design, and the information society. The book covers, among others, the theories of Carlo Lodoli, Gottfried Semper, Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, Hannes Meyer, Adolf Behne, CIAM, Jane Jacobs, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, Charles Jencks, William Mitchell, and Manuel Castells.

An Architectural Approach to Level Design

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Author: Christopher W. Totten

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1466585420

Category: Computers

Page: 469

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Explore Level Design through the Lens of Architectural and Spatial Experience Theory Written by a game developer and professor trained in architecture, An Architectural Approach to Level Design is one of the first books to integrate architectural and spatial design theory with the field of level design. It explores the principles of level design through the context and history of architecture, providing information useful to both academics and game development professionals. Understand Spatial Design Principles for Game Levels in 2D, 3D, and Multiplayer Applications The book presents architectural techniques and theories for level designers to use in their own work. The author connects architecture and level design in different ways that address the practical elements of how designers construct space and the experiential elements of how and why humans interact with this space. Throughout the text, readers learn skills for spatial layout, evoking emotion through gamespaces, and creating better levels through architectural theory. Create Meaningful User Experiences in Your Games Bringing together topics in game design and architecture, this book helps designers create better spaces for their games. Software independent, the book discusses tools and techniques that designers can use in crafting their interactive worlds.

Unified Architectural Theory

Form, Language, Complexity : a Companion to Christopher Alexander's "The Phenomenon of Life: the Nature of Order, Book 1"

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Author: Nikos Angelos Salingaros

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780989346900

Category: Architectural design

Page: 300

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"Here is a synthesis that makes sense of buildings from all ages: historical, vernacular, to cutting-edge architectural creations. This book of lectures and essays cuts through the often-incomprehensible fog of contemporary architectural discourse to reveal theoretical foundations for design. Much of the material was developed as part of a course introducing scientific thinking into architecture, and actually estimating factors that contribute to the success of a building"--Author's webpage.

German Architectural Theory and the Search for Modern Identity

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Author: Mitchell Schwarzer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780521481502

Category: Architecture

Page: 364

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This book presents for the first time in English an overview of the theoretical debates on architecture in nineteenth-century Austria and Germany. Drawing on a vast number of writings by architects, historians, philosophers and critics, Mitchell Schwarzer offers an exhaustive history of the principal debates on style, industry, nationalism, iron technology, and artistic expression, all of which inform modern architecture. He argues that the history of architecture in the modern era cannot be explained according to the simple evolution or progression of structural, functional, or artistic forces. Rather, he establishes modernity as a series of debates on the parameters of architectural knowledge itself and the identity of the architectural profession in a rapidly industrialising world. Describing theory through its conflicts and unresolved questions, Schwarzer uncovers the complex nature of modern pluralism, one that is still relevant in the late twentieth century.

Architecture, criticism, ideology

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Author: Joan Ockman

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Architecture

Page: 191

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One of the most important collections of essays in architectural criticism published in the last decade, Architecture Criticism Ideology sparked a debate on the context of the critique of ideology. This book contains essays by Manfredo Tafuri, Frederic Jameson, Tomas Llorens, Demetri Porphyrios, and Alan Colquhoun. The essays examine the role of ideology in architectural criticism and politics, a subject that, until now, has received little attention in contemporary American architectural discourse.

Architectural Theory

From the Renaissance to the Present : 89 Essays on 117 Treatises

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Author: Bernd Evers,Christof Thoenes

Publisher: Taschen

ISBN: 9783822816998

Category: Architecture

Page: 845

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This book charls the fascinating history of architectural theory from the Renaissance to the present day. Addressing its subject country by country and featuring over 850 illustrations, it offers a chronological overview of the most important architects and architectural theoreticians from Alberti to Koolhaas. Book jacket.

Architecture Without Architects

A Short Introduction to Non-pedigreed Architecture

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Author: Bernard Rudofsky,Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 9780826310040

Category: Architecture

Page: 128

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Shows underground homes, nomadic and aquatic homes, hill towns, fortified villages, arcades, covered streets, monasteries graineries, and amphitheaters around the world

New York Dozen

Gen X Architects

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Author: Michael J. Crosbie,The Images Publishing Group

Publisher: Images Publishing

ISBN: 1864703962

Category: Architecture

Page: 224

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Features New York's most celebrated architects