Learn about the buildings around you – their style, period, and architectural features. Covering buildings from your own home to grand cathedrals, slip Gem Architecture in your pocket and find out more about the built environment.
Ever wanted to be able to tell the difference between tudor and mock-tudor? Do you know what components make a building gothic? Ever wondered what has influenced how our towns and cities were built? Want to understand the major traditions of architecture?
Architecture is all around us: it is part of our lives, and its continuing development is a central theme in the history of mankind. Learning to read a building is the route to understanding a major part of our cultural inheritance.
Collins Gem Architecture takes the reader through the process of learning more about buildings and architecture. Starting with the basics of analysing the home, then moving onto looking at public buildings and larger and more well-known structures, Timothy Brittain-Catlin shows the reader how features are inherited and copied, as well as adapted with each new generation.
Whether you live in a small flat or detached house, you can find traces of architectural history – and learn to interpret the features you see and put them into the wider context of your surroundings. This book will help you start to uncover fascinating aspects of architectural style and history from the buildings you pass every day.
Introduction: Architecture is for everyone
The elements of architecture
The Classical tradition
The Gothic tradition
The Nineteenth century
Architecture since 1900
• Also contains easy reference ID guides to important features and concepts
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Timothy Brittain-Catlin is an architectural historian, architect and writer on architecture. He teaches at the Kent School of Architecture, University of Kent, at Canterbury. He has worked in Israel on urban renewal schemes, and taught at the Israeli Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. He contributes to the Architectural Review, writes regular features for the World of Interiors, and also designed his own house, the Millennium Villa.
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