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    Cyburbian michaelskis's avatar
    Apr 2003
    Somewhere between the mountains and the ocean.
    While I have a minor in pre-architecture, I want to know more. I want to understand not only what things are called, but how things are constructed, why they are constructed that way, and why things are not constructed in a particular way.

    I know the different detail elements of different styles and who started them or where they started, but that is about where my knowledge ends.

    What books or magazines would you suggest to further explain the vast world of architecture?

    Ok... please people, donít all try to post suggestions at once. There is more than enough time for everyone to have a change to post!
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    Cyburbian hilldweller's avatar
    Jan 2005
    Land of Confusion
    M'skis: I've been looking for the same general resources on the world of architecture, to no avail.

    I don't think its a field where someone has written an architecture 101 book; everything is about various styles and nothing that distills it all into one.

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    Cyburbian jsk1983's avatar
    Feb 2004
    Chicago, IL
    I'd imagine this is one of the more complete books on the subject: http://http://www.amazon.com/Banister-Fletchers-History-Architecture-Twentieth/dp/0750622679/ref=sr_1_1/104-2552780-1467152?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1193777725&sr=1-1

    Massive volume, 1500+ pages, arranged by region and time period. I have a copy I'd be willing to let you borrow as long as you pay the postage. Its a bit pricy to purchase.

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    Apr 2005
    first-ring suburb
    Maybe "Home" by Witold Rybczynski is along the lines of what you are looking for. Once you get past the first chapter, the rest of the book is a history of how people (Europeans and Americans) lived in buildings from about 1500 on--what they used the various rooms for and how this related to society at the time. And discussion of how style and trends of the time play into design of homes.

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