Archispeak: An Illustrated Guide to Architectural Design Terms

Author(s): Tom Porter

reference | recommended for students | Routledge

Widely used in architectural circles in the heat of discussion, the recurrent use of particular words and terms has evolved into a language of design jargon. Commonly found in architectural literature and journalism, in critical design debate and especially in student project reviews, Archispeak can seem insular and perplexing to others and -- particularly to the new architectural student -- often incomprehensible. There is a need to translate architectural design concepts into spoken and written commentary -- each word in use embodying a precise and universally accepted architectural meaning. If we explore the vocabulary of this language we gain insight into good design practice and into collective understanding of what constitutes a refined architecture. This unique illustrated guide will help students understand the nuances of this specialized language and help them in communicating their own design ideas.


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General Fields

  • : 9780415300124
  • : Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • : Routledge
  • : June 2004
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Tom Porter
  • : Paperback
  • : 320