240 pages | 18 B/W Illus.
Widely used in architectural circles in the heat of discussion, the recurrent use of particular words and terms has evolved into a language of design jargon. Commonly found in architectural literature and journalism, in critical design debate and especially in student project reviews, Archispeak can seem insular and perplexing to others and -- particularly to the new architectural student -- often incomprehensible.
There is a need to translate architectural design concepts into spoken and written commentary -- each word in use embodying a precise and universally accepted architectural meaning. If we explore the vocabulary of this language we gain insight into good design practice and into collective understanding of what constitutes a refined architecture. This unique illustrated guide will help students understand the nuances of this specialized language and help them in communicating their own design ideas.
'This pocket-sized book is exactly what you need to at least bluff your way through, or even have the confidence to drop in some well-chosen jargon to impress an audience as required.' – Paul Harron, Perspective
Preface. Introduction. Archispeak. Further Reading.