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Nov 12, 2009

We've all heard that we're not supposed to judge a book by its cover--but as with wine bottles, the cover may not be the whole story, but it's not irrelevant either. In this case, the unfinished cardboard front cover, embossed type juxtaposed with pen drawing, classic red/black/white color scheme, and chunky horizontal layout all suggest, rightly, that Mr. Frederick has an aesthetic voice worth listening to. The structure of the book's content--illustrative sketch on the left, general principle We've all heard that we're not supposed to judge a book by its cover--but as with wine bottles, the cover may not be the whole story, but it's not irrelevant either. In this case, the unfinished cardboard front cover, embossed type juxtaposed with pen drawing, classic red/black/white color scheme, and chunky horizontal layout all suggest, rightly, that Mr. Frederick has an aesthetic voice worth listening to. The structure of the book's content--illustrative sketch on the left, general principle with brief explanation below--provides perfect meaty tidbits with no unnecessary fat.

The reason this book should be on every creative person's shelf is that the 101 lessons, while derived from architecture and thought-provoking in their own right, generally can be applied to other art forms, industries, and so forth. I'm an writer working in advertising, and statements such as "A static composition appears to be at rest" could help re-evaluate a print ad--or a photographer framing an image or a painter planning a canvas. Similarly, "design with models" suggests a tactile involvement with one's materials as well as considering ideas from a fresh perspective. These are just two of the 101 examples; I'll keep this book close at hand for creative inspiration along with The Writer's Block, my juggling balls, and my sketchpad. ...more
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Aug 11, 2013

I read this book before I started architecture school, and re-read it in the break between each semester. Each time I find something new that I had learned, and it helps encourage me when I'm in a design funk.
It's a relatively quick read, but for those like me who are sometimes overwhelmed by the stress of the design process, it's invaluable. One of the must-read architecture books for any student.
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Nov 29, 2019

Another book designed for architects but containing useful ideas for designers of every discipline.

It contains 101 concise concepts you can absorb and bring to your own work. Ideas like how being able to improve your creative process can be more valuable that the actual output of a specific project, or how that the beauty of a composition is more about the harmony of the elements than the specific elements themselves.
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Mar 17, 2013

Useful tips, even if you're not an architect. "Draw lines with bold beginnings and ends", "windows appear dark during the day", "beauty has more to do with the harmonious connection between parts of a composition rather than with the parts themselves", "a good building reveals different aspects of itself when viewed from different distances", "less is more // less is boring", "in winter, people have a width of 61cm. In summer, it's 56cm".

I find Thing 101 especially encouraging for I feel it Useful tips, even if you're not an architect. "Draw lines with bold beginnings and ends", "windows appear dark during the day", "beauty has more to do with the harmonious connection between parts of a composition rather than with the parts themselves", "a good building reveals different aspects of itself when viewed from different distances", "less is more // less is boring", "in winter, people have a width of 61cm. In summer, it's 56cm".

I find Thing 101 especially encouraging for I feel it describes the same holistic stance towards life I'm taking, again even if I'm not an architect:

"Architects are late bloomers.

Most architects do not hit their professional stride until around age 50! There is perhaps no other profession that requires one to integrate such a broad range of knowledge into something so specifi c and concrete. An architect must be knowledgeable in history, art, sociology, physics, psychology, materiality, symbology, political process, and innumerable other fields, and must create a building that meets regulatory codes, keeps out the weather, withstands earthquakes, has functioning elevators and mechanical systems, and meets the complex functional and emotional needs of its users. Learning to integrate so many concerns into a cohesive product takes a long time, with lots of trial and error along the way. If you’re going to be in the field of architecture, be in it for the long haul. It’s worth it."

Found in Giorgis's bookshelves, Patras. ...more
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Jun 08, 2016

This book was introduced to me by a senior professor on his facebook wall during my second year of college,i ignored it then but later after couple of years i got to go through it, and at once i was impressed by the total idea of this book. This is indeed 101 most fundamental things one is supposed to learn from an architectural school, but sadly i feel the priority set in university syllabuses in my country failed to promote such fundamentals, so i would recommend this book to every budding This book was introduced to me by a senior professor on his facebook wall during my second year of college,i ignored it then but later after couple of years i got to go through it, and at once i was impressed by the total idea of this book. This is indeed 101 most fundamental things one is supposed to learn from an architectural school, but sadly i feel the priority set in university syllabuses in my country failed to promote such fundamentals, so i would recommend this book to every budding architect as well as proved architects to brush-up some basics in the theory of architectural design.

This books is not something with lots of word counts,but believe me,every words count in it. Precise points with graphical illustrations for best understanding. Totally loved the layout of the book.
worth a keep. ...more
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Jan 26, 2012

Dear Reader,

As a future Architecture student who has taken some design classes in my nearest community classes, I find this book honest, insightful, and slightly comedic about what really happens to student in Architecture school. I find myself nodding and giggling at every "thing". It was just hilarious. It was very helpful too. It made me realize that I'm not alone in my thoughts and feelings about this area of study. I was actually beaming when I turn page after page. This is a very clever Dear Reader,

As a future Architecture student who has taken some design classes in my nearest community classes, I find this book honest, insightful, and slightly comedic about what really happens to student in Architecture school. I find myself nodding and giggling at every "thing". It was just hilarious. It was very helpful too. It made me realize that I'm not alone in my thoughts and feelings about this area of study. I was actually beaming when I turn page after page. This is a very clever idea of a book, I enjoyed it so much!

Every page holds so much truth behind it. Totally recommended for everybody who wants to venture into Architecture. It should be a must read (more of a forewarn) for future students interested in the field. I am interested all the way.

The last "thing" the author learned, is very true. I've seen it, it's a hypothesis on its way to becoming a fact. However, I hope to fare better and accomplish most of my luxuries after five years in the field!

I am very fond of that book. It clearly expresses all that I felt while taking those design and drafting classes in college. After all, I'm not alone in this world. And definitely not alone in my pursuit for Architecture school. I am going to make it! And you (future or current Architecture student) too!

Happy reading.

My fondest valedictory,

CS ...more
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Feb 19, 2013

I have to preface this by saying that I am not an architect nor did I study architecture in school. However, architecture is one of my more passionate avocations. I am pretty sure I want to be an architect in my next life. Now to the book. I really loved it. Each chapter (a two-page spread with an illustration on the left page and one-to-three paragraphs of text on the right page) focuses on a given concept that is important in architecture. Some of the chapters feature appropriate quotes. There I have to preface this by saying that I am not an architect nor did I study architecture in school. However, architecture is one of my more passionate avocations. I am pretty sure I want to be an architect in my next life. Now to the book. I really loved it. Each chapter (a two-page spread with an illustration on the left page and one-to-three paragraphs of text on the right page) focuses on a given concept that is important in architecture. Some of the chapters feature appropriate quotes. There are 101 of these chapters in total as the book's title implies. While this is a very quick read, I couldn't put the book down and enjoyed every single concept presented. I feel as though I learned more about the process of architecture by reading this book than I have by reading any of the other 100+ architecture books in my library. I highly recommend this book, whether you are an architecture student, a practicing architect or an architectural spectator as I am. ...more
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Sep 07, 2019

What a great book, suitable for any arts student. My proper review (with pics of pages) is here: https://patricksherriff.com/2019/09/0...
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Nov 18, 2017

This book was recommended as professional reading for game design. It was an enjoyable read and touched on some closely related subjects, but I would place it, personally, in my second order of game design reading, and not in the first order with books like The Design of Everyday Things. I think that for anyone practicing level or environmental design, this book would be more fundamentally useful as a quick line into architecture itself. For game design in general, I found the lessons to be This book was recommended as professional reading for game design. It was an enjoyable read and touched on some closely related subjects, but I would place it, personally, in my second order of game design reading, and not in the first order with books like The Design of Everyday Things. I think that for anyone practicing level or environmental design, this book would be more fundamentally useful as a quick line into architecture itself. For game design in general, I found the lessons to be interesting, but oblique and not deeply illuminating.

While reading, I found myself most often thinking about the ways in which architecture must plan out all of its work, and therefore be leagues more rigorous (and plodding) than game design. Even if we never abandon our (relatively) cowboy, shoot-from-the-hip ways, I think there is real benefit from understanding what mature, thorough, practiced design processes look like. This includes some analogous practices, such ways of previsualizing and evolving designs, and fun takeaway terms, such as "parti"--the core and underlying concept for a design.

As a bit of a footnote, I must regretfully deduct points from 101 Things I Learned In Architecture School for including the chestnut that (paraphrased) the Chinese character for crisis is danger plus opportunity, which about 3 seconds of Googling proves wrong. (Seriously, MIT Press, how did you not fact check this in 2007?) If nothing else, it suggests this book may have been as lightly thought through as its listicle format implies. ...more
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Feb 06, 2014

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School It's not long, or an extensive textbook. It's really an interesting helpful book full of amazing tips! a quick read and quite literal. It isn't as "in-depth" as other architecture books.What's a "parti?" What is "postmodernism"? What do positive and negative space have to do with anything? Those and a lot more and more, plus some well chosen quotes give you a lot to think about and build upon! I loved every page! <3I am an architecture student, and 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School It's not long, or an extensive textbook. It's really an interesting helpful book full of amazing tips! a quick read and quite literal. It isn't as "in-depth" as other architecture books.What's a "parti?" What is "postmodernism"? What do positive and negative space have to do with anything? Those and a lot more and more, plus some well chosen quotes give you a lot to think about and build upon! I loved every page! <3I am an architecture student, and this book is a reference to keep my mind in check. Highly recommended purchase for beginning students and maybe architects too. But REALLY This book should be in every architecture students hands! ...more
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Oct 03, 2018

I took so many screen-shots for my students. A simple yet informative book.
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Feb 27, 2011

I wish I have read this book after the 1st or 2nd year in Architecture, but it's never too late to read it or re read it
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Jul 29, 2011

I thought this book was going to be one of those atypical 101 lists of things that one can common sense-sically come out with even with a basic understanding of architecture. But boy was I wrong. Even though the lists were sometimes short and cryptic in nature, it is indeed insightful and interesting to note some of the aspects that have been deemed important enough to in the list. What is interesting too is the idea that a significant majority of those in the lists are also conceptually I thought this book was going to be one of those atypical 101 lists of things that one can common sense-sically come out with even with a basic understanding of architecture. But boy was I wrong. Even though the lists were sometimes short and cryptic in nature, it is indeed insightful and interesting to note some of the aspects that have been deemed important enough to in the list. What is interesting too is the idea that a significant majority of those in the lists are also conceptually applicable in other similar or related fields, and for me it would probably be in the areas of industrial design and digital media. It is interesting to note how some aspects of it are contradictory to one another, but the caveat in the introductory page does put this across aptly as perhaps something that we should live with...this notion of contradicting but yet balancing view on things, especially where architecture is concerned. ...more
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Jul 18, 2012

It's a very useful book, not just for beginners but also for those who need to be constantly reminded with this stuff.
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Jun 24, 2012

Great read for all Architecture students.

I related to the things mentioned and I agree with most of it. I can reread this over and over again and enjoy it; quite simple and written in a lighthearted way... Makes me love my major even more.
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Feb 17, 2011

This one is more for architecture students than anyone else. The main problem is that if you haven't gone through architecture school, the often contradictory and terse advice in this book won't make much sense. It ends up being a series of motivational posters of a boat if you don't have the background in some kind of design field. But for those who are designers, this is a great thing to flip open and remind ourselves of the years of training we have.
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Jun 20, 2019

My Dad: "I'm AIA, LEED certified and I've been practicing for 30 years."
Me: "But have you read this??"
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Nov 24, 2018

I know nothing about architecture so I liked this book because the ideas were new to me, e.g.:

Draw a line with emphasis at the beginning and end, overlap lines slightly where they meet to keep corners from looking rounded -- don't erase guide lines.

We move through negative spaces and dwell in positive spaces

PARTI central idea or concept of building

most architectural forms can be described as additive (assembled from indiv pieces), subtractive (carved from a whole form), shaped or abstract

I know nothing about architecture so I liked this book because the ideas were new to me, e.g.:

Draw a line with emphasis at the beginning and end, overlap lines slightly where they meet to keep corners from looking rounded -- don't erase guide lines.

We move through negative spaces and dwell in positive spaces

PARTI central idea or concept of building

most architectural forms can be described as additive (assembled from indiv pieces), subtractive (carved from a whole form), shaped or abstract

always show structural columns in your floor plans

three forms of knowing -- simplicity, complexity, informed simplicity

floor plan demonstrates organizational logic of a building ; a section embodies its emotional experience

being genuinely creative means not knowing where you are going -- recognize the feeling of lostness that attends to much of the process -- don't seek to alleviate anxiety by marrying yourself prematurely to a design solution

...more
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May 18, 2017

I wish I had this book with me when i was an architecture student , it gives an amazing , simple and direct to the point advices , it's actually useful for practitioners too , specially when they are stuck in a problem or lost in the process , and at the end of the book it gives the best pep sentence ( most architects do not hit there professional stride until around age 50 ) ... so there is always hope ..
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May 29, 2017

Concise, creative, and something to refer to over the coming years. Highly recommended.
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Oct 06, 2011

A quick-to-read whirlwind tour of some of the principles of architecture. A smattering:

* Negative and positive spaces and circulation. People move through negative space and dwell in positive spaces.
* "parti" is a word for the big idea that holds together a design, much like an author's thesis.
* Architects work holistically, touching on everything but being an expert in nothing. (Engineers, by contrast, are a deep expert on one particular thing.)
* "Fabric" buildings (ordinary residences and A quick-to-read whirlwind tour of some of the principles of architecture. A smattering:

* Negative and positive spaces and circulation. People move through negative space and dwell in positive spaces.
* "parti" is a word for the big idea that holds together a design, much like an author's thesis.
* Architects work holistically, touching on everything but being an expert in nothing. (Engineers, by contrast, are a deep expert on one particular thing.)
* "Fabric" buildings (ordinary residences and commercial buildings) versus "object" buildings (churches, government buildings, monuments) in the makeup of a city.

Though written for building architects, a surprising number of the concepts apply very directly to my field, software architecture.
...more
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Jun 13, 2014

An essential. I got it as a gift back in high school when I decided I wanted to pursue architecture, and it was a treasure then, even before starting school and knowing what was what. Now, studying in an architectural program, I've gotten an entirely different value out of it. I'm able to relate to the advice and learn from it on a new level. I expect I'll continue to make use of it in different ways in years to come. It's simple, it's clever, it's quick; it's an easy book to pick up for five An essential. I got it as a gift back in high school when I decided I wanted to pursue architecture, and it was a treasure then, even before starting school and knowing what was what. Now, studying in an architectural program, I've gotten an entirely different value out of it. I'm able to relate to the advice and learn from it on a new level. I expect I'll continue to make use of it in different ways in years to come. It's simple, it's clever, it's quick; it's an easy book to pick up for five minutes to get some inspiration. ...more
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Jan 16, 2017

More than a year has pass since I finished college, and in all that time I focused on catching up on my reading for pleasure, and put any architecture related books on hold as a way of detoxing after my thesis. So, when I picked up this book something in me clicked, to the point that I just couldn't put it down.

Overall, excellent read for architecture students and graduates alike. Great way of going back to basics when needed.
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Jul 29, 2019

I found this book terrific even though I'm not an architecture but more like an art fan and an artist .. it helped me a lot in understanding the process of designing.. a simple book that can be helpful to anyone who's interesting in this field
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Nov 11, 2012

I read this book after visiting Taliesin (Frank Lloyd Wright home in Wisconsin).....my favorite--".....If you can't explain your ideas to your grandmother in terms that she understands, you don't know your subject well enough.....". That applies to more than just architecture!

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