Monday, July 02, 2007

A Basic Backgrounder in Architecture

Veronese Patterns and Textures, originally uploaded by fotofacade.

Whether you're an architecture student taking an architecture based course or just an interested party - here's the amazon links to recommended reading for a backgrounder in architecture - any other suggestions would be really welcome

A Visual Dictionary of Architecture
 - excellent images and great for learning about the theory of
architecture. One of my favourites.

Illustrated Handbook of Vernacular Architecture
 - The ultimate book on Vernacular Architecture in Britain - I met Mr
Brunskill once!

The Classical Language of Architecture (World of Art)
- John Summersons iconic book

Architecture in Britain, 1530-1830 (Yale University Press Pelican History of Art)
- Another iconic book from Summerson
Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture
- If you have the money - then buy it - you won't be disappointed.

An Outline of European Architecture (Penguin art and architecture)
- Grand sweep of an outline -  beautifully written.

A History of Building Types (A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts)-
For the geeks amongst us
The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (Penguin Reference Books)
- Key reference book

The Elements of Style: An Encyclopedia of Domestic Architectural Detail (Mitchell Beazley Art & Design)

- Sumptuous and well referenced covers US and UK styles

A World History of Art-
Enormous amount of information in this book - you can't do without it.

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