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4th Edition

Analysing Architecture

ISBN 9780415719162
Published January 6, 2014 by Routledge
336 Pages - 816 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Now in its fourth edition, Analysing Architecture has become internationally established as the best introduction to architecture. Aimed primarily at those wishing to become professional architects, it also offers those in disciplines related to architecture (from archaeology to stage design, garden design to installation art), a clear and accessible insight into the workings of this rich and fascinating subject. With copious illustrations from his own notebooks, the author dissects examples from around the world and all periods of history to explain underlying strategies in architectural design and show how drawing may be used as a medium for analysis.

This new edition of Analysing Architecture is revised and expanded. Notably, the chapter on ‘Basic Elements of Architecture’ has been enlarged to discuss the ‘powers’ various architectural elements offer the architect. Three new chapters have been added to the section on ‘Themes in Spatial Organisation’, covering ‘Occupying the In-between’, ‘Inhabited Wall’ and ‘Refuge and Prospect’. Two new examples – a Mud House from Kerala, India and the Mongyo-tei (a tea house) from Kyoto, Japan – have been added to the ‘Case Studies’ at the end of the book. The ‘Select Bibliography’ has been expanded and the ‘Index’ revised.

Works of architecture are instruments for managing, orchestrating, modifying our relationship with the world around us. They frame just about everything we do. Architecture is complex, subtle, frustrating… but ultimately extremely rewarding. It can be a difficult discipline to get to grips with; nothing in school quite prepares anyone for the particular demands of an architecture course. But this book will help.

Analysing Architecture is the foundation volume of a series of books by Simon Unwin exploring the workings of architecture. Other books in the series include Twenty Buildings Every Architect Should Understand and Exercises in Architecture.

Table of Contents

Introduction  How Analysis Helps Design  Architecture as Identification of Place  Basic Elements of Architecture  Modifying Elements of Architecture  Elements Doing More Than One Thing  Using Things That Are There  Primitive Place Types  Architecture as Making Frames  Temples and Cottages  Geometries of Being  Ideal Geometry  Themes in Spatial Organisation: 1. Space and Structure  2. Parallel Walls  3. Stratification  4. Transition, Hierarchy, Heart  5. Occupying the In-between  6. Inhabited Wall  7. Refuge and Prospect  Postscript 2013  Postscript 1997-2009  Case studies  1. Iron Age House, Castell Henllys, Wales, UK  2. Royal Villa, Knossos, Crete, Greece  3. Llainfadyn, St. Fagans, Wales, UK  4. Mud House, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India  5. Il Tempietto, Rome, Italy  6. Fitzwilliam College Chapel, Cambridge, England, UK  7. Schminke House, Löbau, Germany  8. Vanna Venturi House, Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, USA  9. Woodland Chapel, Stockholm, Sweden  10. House VI, Cornwall, Connecticut, USA  11. The Box, Culver City, California, USA  12. Mongyo-Tei (Tea House), Kyoto, Japan  Acknowledgements  Select Bibliography and References

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Simon Unwin is Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of Dundee, Scotland. He has lived in Great Britain and Australia, and taught or lectured on his work in China, Israel, India, Sweden, Turkey and the United States. Analysing Architecture’s international relevance is indicated by its translation into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish and its adoption for architecture courses around the world. Simon Unwin continues to teach at The Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff, UK.


"Cover-to-cover, Analysing Architecture lives up to its acclaim as an engaging, thoughtful and beautiful introduction to architecture." -Erick Villagomez, Spacing Magazine