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Archispeak : An Illustrated Guide to Architectural Terms - Tom Porter


An Illustrated Guide to Architectural Terms

Paperback Published: 3rd June 2004
ISBN: 9780415300124
Number Of Pages: 218

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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.

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'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

List of contributorsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Illustration creditsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
Archispeakp. 3
Further readingp. 214
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ISBN: 9780415300124
ISBN-10: 0415300126
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 218
Published: 3rd June 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 12.7  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1