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by Neil Stevenson

Architecture Explained Taking an original photographic approach to look in detail at certain topics, these four fascinating books provide deeper understanding and richer enjoyment of the worlds of architecture, art, famous artists, and myths and legends. AUTHOR BIO: Neil Stevenson studied architecture at Newcastle University from 1979 to 1984. He has worked for Kenzo Tange in Tokyo and practiced in London. Neil Stevenson studied architecture at Newcastle University from 1979 to 1984. He has worked for Kenzo Tange in Tokyo and practiced in London. He is currently working with Sagar Stevenson Architects, where he specializes in urban-renewal projects.
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ISBN: 0132081261
ISBN13: 978-0132081269
Category: Engineering
Subcategory: Engineering
Author: Neil Stevenson
Language: English
Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (December 13, 2007)
Pages: 76 pages
ePUB size: 1656 kb
FB2 size: 1121 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 270
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This book takes us on an incredible journey through time and space, as we can stare lenghthily , without being on a frantic tour bus schedule, at the architectural wonders of our world . Without getting too technical , this volume , which will be enjoyed by all ages awakens a sense of wonder in us , by taking us in theses wonderful places , all over the planet. A tremendous wealth of visual inspiration.
Really nice pictures and comprehensive. This was a gift for my "nerdy" granddaughter.
Five star book. Enough respect.
Great photos as there always is in the DK series. Takes the viewer from ancient Egypt to 1994 completion of the Osaka Airport designed by Piano. Great introduction to architecture.
My son brought this book home from the school library to read: he loves architecture and buildings. We've read a number of books in this series by Dorling Kindersley, so we thought it would be fun to read together.

While the book's illustrations are great, the book's text is awful and unreadable. It reads like a bad extended essay by a struggling graduate student, who has little to say but tries to impress his professors with long words, tortuous sentence structure and opaque prose. It's totally impenetrable to the target audience of middle school students, and high school students would struggle. Here's a sample excerpt:

"This reorientation may prove to be a redeeming factor, helping to overcome some of the conservative tendencies prevalent in some societies wishing to preserve everything, irrespective of merit. Elsewhere, it may engender a more appropriate response to climate and culture, working in recognition of context and environment. The imbalance of either condition threatens to blight our contemporary contribution to architectural heritage."

It's hard to believe than an editor let this kind of writing through in a series of educational books for school age readers. Reading this with my son, I spent some time trying to translate the gist of each sentence into simple words and concepts. But half the sentences weren't saying anything at all.

Fortunately other Dorling Kindersley books are much better than this. Don't let this book put you off others in the series.
Probably the only thing better than owning this book, would be to travel to all these locations with someone you absolutely loved and who absolutely had a love for life and architecture.


-Every important architectural style from ancient Egyptian to Contemporary

-50 sites illustrating changes and developments in architecture in all cultures

-Authoritative text to explain developments in technology, materials and styles

-Detailed annotations

Some of the sites featured: Notre-Dame-du Haut, Ise Shrine, The Chrysler Building, The Parthenon, Taj Mahal, Temple of Amun, Karnak, The Colosseum, Santa Sophia, Pisa Cathedral, Durham Cathedral, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Olympic Stadium and Notre-Dame, Paris.

Favorites: Santa Sophia, Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Pisa Cathedral, Durham Cathedral, Angkor Way, Florence Cathedral, St. Basil's Cathedral, Hardwick Hall, Taj Mahal, Castle Howard, Sagrada Familia and The Ark.

Each site has a two-page spread. You can see a large picture covering the middle/center of the two pages and then it is surrounded by facts about the specifications, history, floor plans, sketches, inside views, specific decorations and styles.

When viewing the pictures of the Leaning tower of Pisa, you also get to see the inside of the Pisa Cathedral and read about Romanesque vaulting.

My favorite site is the Notre-Dame, Paris. This is the most amazing Gothic cathedral ever and was well worth the bus ride to Paris! Unfortunately they don't have room to show you the interior, which is rather amazing in itself.

An exploration into human creativity. This book will make you want to travel the world to see these fascinating buildings in person. Just to imagine walking amongst all this inspiration makes one feel overwhelmingly alive.

Who would not want to walk along the stone-vaulted corridors in the Castle Drogo?

Feeling Inspired.

~The Rebecca Review