100 Ideas That Changed Architecture, Paperback Book

100 Ideas That Changed Architecture Paperback

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This inspiring book chronicles the most influential ideas that have shaped architecture.

Entertainingly written by an expert on architecture, it provides a concise history of the subject, and offers a fascinating resource to dip into for the general reader.

Starting with the basic building 'components' of door, window, column and beam and the Classical orders, it then goes on to explore historical movements such as the Picturesque and Beaux-Arts, innovative materials such as steel and reinforced concrete, technical innovations, such as the lift and electric lighting, through to modern movements such as Universal Design and Deconstruction. Arranged in a broadly chronological order, the ideas are presented through fascinating text and arresting visuals, 100 Ideas that Changed Architecture explores when each idea first evolved and the subsequent impact it has had up to the present day.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 216 pages, 300 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of architecture
  • ISBN: 9781856697323



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An interesting book that approaches architecture from a different direction. Instead of being a dry treatise on styles, or an impenetrable work of pseudo-intellectual posing, this book starts from the earliest concepts (the fireplace, the floor) and gives a page or two, with illustrated examples, to the development of architecture from these simple and (excuse the pun) concrete examples, through the passage of time to the most recent thinking on the subject (such as 'Parametric design' and 'the everyday'). By taking this bite-sized approach, the reader suddenly finds that they have been introduced to some fairly high-powered stuff without their noticing (postmodernism, deconstruction, phenomenology) or to some well-known aphorisms (less is more, form follows function, genius loci) and in words of (generally) one syllable. The book is nicely presented, with an interesting cover (although the publishers have had to apply a sticker with the title and author on it for the benefit of bookshop staff).

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