Analysing Architecture

Simon Unwin.

Its a bit wordy but its very information rich . Pay special attention to the case studies at the back
Enjoy you guys!


Bits of Paris [05] - Versailles

Fun albeit itchy informal seating 



Bits of Everywhere [04] - I love Graffiti

French , Outside Centre Pompidou
Italian ,One of the beaches in Sorrento 
Pisa , Nice stencil work

Florence , these seemed to be part of an exhibition


Bits of Paris [03] - The French Pantheon




Mr A

Goodbye Sir


Bits of Paris [02] - The Frescoes of Abbesses

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Abbesses , One of the many stops of the Parisian metro. Line 12 that took me to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica at Montemarte 
Abbesses is special because not only is it 36 metres underground its spiral stair case is decorated with hand painted frescoes the entire length up.
Of course there was an elevator but I refused to rob my self of the experience. 

The Abbesses station exterior also showcases a architectural love of mine.Art Nouveau.
Quite sadly I also didnt get to photograph it .Sorry guys.


Bits of Paris [01] : Photogrpaphy

Grand Palais Interior

Museum lighting is important for a number of reasons


Architecture Reading Material - A Kick Start


Experiencing Architecure by Steen Eiler Rasmussen

This book is wonderful for both freshmen architecture students and even seasoned designers.It offers a wholistic introduction to the elements of architecture and the modifiers of the experience of an architectural space such as colour, vision , scale and other basic variables of any architectural composition.

Even to the seasoned deisgner.One may find new insights as you read this concise and well written book again.You never know what new perspectives may spring up in the wisened mind.

Why Buildings Stand Up: The Strength of Architecture           Why Buildings Fall Down: How Structures Fail

Why buildings stand up & Why buildings fall down 
by Mario Salvadori

Two good books that offer a introduction in the complex yet ever neccesary facet of building known as structure.An architect must not only have an idea of aesthetics but must also design with some sense of rationality as to stave off likely  mortal combat between the engineer and you the designer.

This should be a preparation for design structures classes as it lays out the core principles of structure in an easy format with all the necessary diagrams and real life examples.

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

 A favourite of mine. 
101 things I learned in Architecture School by Mathew Frederick

This book all architecture students and architects should read . Basic rules and insights to make your life as a student easier & rules of thumb to make your design and illustrations more appealing.

All in a short and easy to understand format. Good read, Highly Recommended.

Analysing Architecture by Simon Unwin

One of the heavier reads in this section but if you know how to read selectively or better yet have time to read it all your mind will not leave empty handed.I assure you.The case studies are particularly helpful.

Architecture: Form, Space, and Order
DK . Ching

Everything really , all his works are entry level information for the aspiring arch student but if you said to me ' Pick one Alistair!' I'd say Form , Space and Order.

Dont forget to look at other books like A Pattern Language , Towards a New architecture by Le Corbusier. here are tons more but hey...this is just a kick start.

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