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.