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Hello forum. Can anyone recommend an introduction to architectural theory book that isn't too heavy or onerous as I'm looking for it for a 15 year old? She's expressed an interest in architectural theory from how I've talked about it, but most of my books are pretty dry and picture-light which I'm afraid would be more of a turn off than a turn on. Thanks for your help!
"A Pattern Language"
"The Timeless Way of Building"
both by Christopher Alexander.
Form, Space, and Order by D.K. Ching
That book is a standard for most intro to design classes across the country.
^ ^ To add, I've also found "Analysing Architecture" by Simon Unwin to be a great complimentary book to Ching's F/S/O. It covers many of the same themes but in a different way.
I second Analysing Architecture. It's simplicity makes it one of my favorite books on architecture. Very good for beginners (and great to read again after a few years of experience with a different perspective.
I received Form, Space, Order for Christmas when I was about 13. I loved it.
For An Architecture of Reality by Michael Benedikt. It's a short, very accessible read that talks about how we respond physically to materials and spaces. Very lovely and poetic, though the black and white images are not high-quality reproduction.
I second Donna's recommendation, that was freshman year required reading and have read it at least 10 times since, its a good primer and reset button.
Thanks for all the feedback!
I think the Unwin or Ching look best for her.... I'll see if I can find some copies to look at as opposed to the screen preview... or mabye I just need to have them for my library! ;)
Theory and Design in the First Machine Age by Reynar Banham. We read this in Grad School.
Personally, I really like Thermal Delight in Architecture, by Lisa Heschong.