If you are interested in knowing fundamentals of architectural terminology this book is highly recommended! Understanding Architecture helps people make sense of architecture and the built environment by introducing some of the complexities of the subject.

From the back side of the book:
Understanding Architecture is a comprehensive introduction to architecture and architectural history and exceptional in its approach, this book explores architecture as a current practice in relation to history and in relation to the wider context of cultures, conservation and the environment. This new edition brings in the new emphasis on sustainability, urbanism, urban regeneration and cultural identity, in order to take a holistic approach to the subject of architecture.”

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Horrible Urban Environments

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Highly recommended! Review the history of Modernism through a hilarious tale!

“From Bauhaus to our house” is a book written by Tom Wolfe, American author, journalist and satirist. The book is a 1981 funny narrative of Modern Architecture in the context of the U.S. which describes “compounds” of architects and movements established by them.

Wolfe criticizes the tendencies of Modern Architecture to avoid any external ornamentation. Wolfe praised architects like Louis Sullivan who, from the late 19th century to his death in 1924, built a number of ornate buildings. Wolfe turned his criticism on the International Style and Modern Architecture exemplified by architects such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius. Wolfe believed that the buildings of the International Style and Modern Architecture could barely be appreciated by those who had to work or live in them.

Wolfe depicts contradictions and complexities of Modern Architecture movement. A kind of movement which starts with opposing against bourgeoisie and at the end becomes a so bourgeois thing! The story begins with Silver Prince (Walter Gropius) and his faithful and unfaithful followers, and eventually results in three rival compounds: Whites (Eisenman and others), Greys (Venturi and others), and Rats (Rossi and others).

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Less is Enough!

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The book “Less is Enough; On Architecture and Asceticism”, written by Pier Vittorio Aureli is a must read for architects who are interested in the notion and origin of minimalism and its catchphrase ‘less is more’ and the impact of economic recession on today’s architecture. The idea which implied that beauty could only arise through refusal of everything that was not strictly necessary. Since 2008, following economic recession, ‘less is more’ has become fashionable again, but this time with a more moralistic tone. With the onset of recession the situation has started to change, the competition between iconic buildings in the late 1990s and early 2000s was transformed to the shameful waste of resources and budgets.

Aureli says less is not ‘more’, less is just ‘enough’!

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Reference: “Leon Krier on Sustainable Urbanism and The Legible City” article on Architectural Review’s website, 27 February 2014.


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How People Habitat Should be?

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Influential blogger and advocate Kaid Benfield’s new book, People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities, argues that sustainable places are really just places people love. Think of those places where you most feel like yourself. Would you want anything to happen to them? We feel that way about certain places because they are “people habitats,” designed not for cars but for the every-day person walking or biking. They create an irreplaceable sense of community and are healthy for both people and the environment. Benfield points to many people habitats in the U.S. and abroad throughout his book. As an example, New Orleans is highlighted because it’s rich in culture, design, and, perhaps most importantly, community.

Unfortunately, Benfield writes, too much of our country has been taken over by throw-away housing and nowhere “town centers” in sprawled-out developments. These are habitats designed for cars…

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