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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