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ABC of Architecture

ABC of Architecture

by James F. O'Gorman

Drawings by Dennis E. McGrath

Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

144 pages, 140.00 x 216.00 x 0.00 mm, 53 illus.

  • ISBN: 9780812216318
  • Published: October 1997



ABC of Architecture is an accessible, nontechnical introduction to architectural structure, history, and criticism. Author James F. O'Gormon moves seamlessly from a discussion of the most basic inspiration for architecture (the need for shelter from the elements), to an exploration of space, system, and material, and, finally, to an examination of the language and history of architecture. He shows the nonspecialist how to read a design in plans, sections, and elevations, and how architects, like other artists, make creative use of space and light.