Top 5 Architecture Books

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Here are the top 5 architecture books to refer!

Architecture is a multidisciplinary field involving landscape design, interior design, urban planning, history and philosophy, among other disciplines. One way to develop a comprehensive understanding of the field is to explore the wealth of educational resources available from both established and independent sources. Here are a few books which one could refer to be on top of the profession.

Towards a New Architecture by Le Corbusier

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 This book, written by famed architect and city planner Le Corbusier, contains a collection of essays in which Corbusier expresses his technical and aesthetic theories, views on industry and the use of mass-production, economic considerations and the relationship between form and function in architecture. Each of these subjects comes together to advocate and explore the concept of a then burgeoning modern architecture. The book is illustrated with over 200 line drawings and photographs of Corbusier’s own work and structures he deemed significant. This piece will prove to be an indispensable source of intrigue and inspiration toward unique ways of approaching architecture.

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School by Matthew Frederick

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This paperback book provides 101 concise lessons in architectural drawing, design, and presentation. Topics range from the basics of how to draw a line to the complexities of color theory. Organized in a unique two-page format, the book contains simple and clear explanations and illustrations.This book will prove to be a valuable resource and guide for both practicing architects and students, alike.”

Architecture: Form, Space, & Order by Francis D.K. Ching

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This updated and revised fourth edition provides a classic introduction to the basic vocabulary of architecture accompanied by information on emerging trends and new developments.The book studies form, light, view, openings, and enclosures in relation to space and explores the organization of space. The book is effective in taking the complex and abstract design concepts and conveying them in a clear and coherent way. Detailed illustrations help demonstrate the concepts throughout.

Design Like You Give a Damn 2: Building Change from the Ground Up by Cameron Sinclair, Architecture for Humanity

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 Edited by Architecture for Humanity, a relief organization dedicated to promoting architectural and design solutions to global, social, and humanitarian issues,Design Like You Give a Damn 2 Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crisesgathers innovative projects developed by architects and designers that serve to improve lives. It presents more than 100 contemporary solutions to needs including, basic shelter, health care, education, and access to basic amenities.

S,M,L,XL by Rem Koolhaas, Bruce Mau, and Hans Werlemann

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S, M, L, XL reflects on contemporary architecture and society through the work of Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and its founder, Rem Koolhaas. Koolhaas and Mau’s collective work contains many of their architectural projects, as well as photographs, sketches, diary excerpts, poetic writings, personal travelogues, and critical essays on contemporary architecture and society. Their work is arranged according to scale: small, medium, large, and extra-large.

Written by Rithanya Sekar

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