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Precedents in Architecture: Analytic Diagrams, Formative Ideas, and Partis, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-17084-7
336 pages
February 2012
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A timely update of the architectural classic on design analysis

Precedents in Architecture, Fourth Edition provides a vocabulary for architectural analysis that illuminates the works of leading architects and aids architects and designers in creating their own designs.

Thirty-eight leading architects are represented in this updated edition through an analysis of more than 100 buildings that are assessed using a diagrammatic technique applicable to any building. This impressive collection includes fourteen new buildings and seven new, innovative architects distinguished by the strength, quality, and interest of their designs. It delivers valuable guidance in analyzing architectural history as an evolutionary process by exploring the commonality of design ideas reflected in a broad range of structures by internationally renowned architects.

Both novices and seasoned professionals will find Precedents in Architecture, Fourth Edition to be a very useful tool for enriching their design vocabulary and for the ongoing assessment of buildings found in today's evolving landscape.

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Prefaces / v

Introduction / xiii

Analysis / 1

Alvar Aalto / 8

Tadao Ando / 16

Erik Gunnar Asplund / 20

Stephane Beel / 28

Peter Q. Bohlin / 32

Mario Botta / 40

Filippo Brunelleschi / 48

David Chipperfield / 56

Sverre Fehn / 60

Romaldo Giurgola / 64

Nicholas Hawksmoor / 72

Herzog & de Meuron / 80

Steven Holl / 84

Toyo Ito / 88

Louis I. Kahn / 92

Tom Kundig / 100

Le Corbusier / 104

Claude Nicholas Ledoux / 112

Sigurd Lewerentz / 120

Edwin Lutyens / 124

Brian MacKay-Lyons / 132

Richard Meier / 136

Rafael Moneo / 144

Charles Moore / 148

Glenn Murcutt / 156

Jean Nouvel / 160

Andrea Palladio / 164

Thomas Phifer / 172

Henry Hobson Richardson / 176

Alvaro Siza / 184

James Stirling / 188

Louis Sullivan / 196

Yoshio Taniguchi / 204

Giuseppe Terrangi / 208

Ludwg Mies van der Rohe / 216

Robert Venturi / 224

Frank Lloyd Wright / 232

Peter Zumthor / 240

Formative Ideas / 245

Plan to Section or Elevation / 260

Unit to Whole / 267

Repetitive to Unique / 274

Additive and Subtractive 280

Symmetry and Balance / 282

Geometry / 288

Configuration Patterns / 302

Progressions /312

Reduction / 316

Index / 321

Index by Architect / 321

Index by Building / 330

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Roger H. Clark, FAIA, is an ACSA Distinguished Professor of Architecture in the College of Design at North Carolina State University and a practicing architect. He has received more than fifty design awards, publishes regularly in professional journals, and coauthored Kinetic Architecture.

Michael Pause, PhD, is a former professor in the College of Design at North Carolina State University. During his thirty-three-year tenure at NCSU, he received fourteen university awards for excellence in teaching, advising, and mentoring. He is currently a color and light, graphic and residential design consultant.

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