Summary

The design of cities and buildings affects the quality of our lives. Making the built environment useful, safe, comfortable, efficient, and as beautiful as possible is a universal quest. We dream about how we might live, work, and play. From these dreams come some 95 percent of all private and public buildings; professional architects design only about five percent of the built environment. While much of what non-architects build is beautiful and useful, the ugliness and inconveniences that blight many urban areas demonstrate that an understanding of good architectural design is vital for creating livable buildings and public spaces. To help promote this understanding among non-architects, as well as among those considering architecture as a profession, award-winning architect and professor Hal Box explains the process of making architecture from concept to completed building, using real-life examples to illustrate the principles involved in designing buildings that enhance the quality of life for those who live with them.
Box believes that everyone should be involved in making architecture and has organized this book as a series of letters to friends and students about the process of creating architecture. He describes what architecture should be and do, how to look at and appreciate good buildings, and how to understand the design process, work with an architect, or become an architect. He also provides an overview of architectural history. For those involved in building projects, Box offers practical guidance about what goes into constructing a building, from the first view of the site to the finished building. For students thinking of becoming architects, he describes an architect's typical training and career path. And for the wide public audience interested in architecture and the built environment, Box addresses how architecture relates to the city, where the art of architecture is headed, and why good architecture matters.
©2007 University of Texas Press (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks
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By Amazon Customer on 02-02-17

An amazing, all encompassing look at Architecture

An enlightened thorough construct of the world of architecture. Truly fascinating, I loved the book. I will continue to use it as a thought provoking guide and reference. The title doesn't do the book justice, although relevant doesn't reflect the jewel that it is.

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3 out of 5 stars
By jeremy Bridge on 31-07-18

Great book, brutal narration.

It’s super difficult to listen to this audiobook. Really well written and a valuable perspective on the creative process. Narrator sounds like a computer.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Khalid on 18-04-17

loved it

I loved the fact that the book leterly helps you to think like an architect. Although, there are many points I find myself need to search for an architectural terminology. But if you really need to think like an architect you need to write down some points.

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