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Reading Architecture: A Visual Lexicon

Owen Hopkins


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This innovative and unique book is a visual guide to the buildings that surround us, naming all the architectural features so that, unlike other architectural dictionaries, the reader doesn’t have to know the name before looking it up.

Clear line drawings and extensive color photographs illustrate each of the main building types, from forts to churches, stately homes to skyscrapers. The individual structural elements and materials common to all buildings are explained, whether in Classical, Gothic or Modernist style, before delving into the inner architectural details, such as doors and windows, roofs and staircases. A comprehensive glossary completes the book.

An original and accessible take on the architectural dictionary, this book will be useful not only to students but to anyone with a general interest in architecture.

Owen Hopkins works for the Architecture Programme at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Reading Architecture: A Visual Lexicon – Table of Contents

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