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A superb visual reference to the principles of
architecture

Now including interactive CD-ROM!

For
more than thirty years, the beautifully illustrated Architecture:
Form, Space, and Order
has been the classic introduction to the
basic vocabulary of architectural design. The updated Third Edition
features expanded sections on circulation, light, views, and site
context, along with new considerations of environmental factors,
building codes, and contemporary examples of form, space, and order.


This classic visual reference helps both students and practicing
architects understand the basic vocabulary of architectural design by
examining how form and space are ordered in the built environment.?
Using his trademark meticulous drawing, Professor Ching shows the
relationship between fundamental elements of architecture through the
ages and across cultural boundaries. By looking at these seminal ideas,
Architecture: Form, Space, and Order encourages the reader to
look critically at the built environment and promotes a more evocative
understanding of architecture.

In addition to updates to content
and many of the illustrations, this new edition includes a companion
CD-ROM that brings the book's architectural concepts to life through
three-dimensional models and animations created by Professor
Ching.


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Reviews for Architecture: Form, Space, and Order:

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Sep 18, 2007

never aclaimed that you know or ever learning architecture if you never read...i mean really read this book. this book is like the first book to every architect or architact student in the world.

a very nice book with alot of sketch that visually fun to read. easyly understood. and it become the stong influence to all the architect hand writings. i should say this book is a legendary book
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Jun 08, 2009

This book was recommended to my by a former professor and friend, Dr. Lee Gray, after I told him that I wanted to gain a basic understand of design before I read some of the other books that are on my 'design' shelf. 'Architecture: Form, Space and Order' by Francis D.K. Ching is the perfect introduction to design. Ching walks the reader through elementary design concepts starting with points and lines, and ending with hierarchy and datum as methods of order. For someone with no prior knowledge This book was recommended to my by a former professor and friend, Dr. Lee Gray, after I told him that I wanted to gain a basic understand of design before I read some of the other books that are on my 'design' shelf. 'Architecture: Form, Space and Order' by Francis D.K. Ching is the perfect introduction to design. Ching walks the reader through elementary design concepts starting with points and lines, and ending with hierarchy and datum as methods of order. For someone with no prior knowledge of design, it was nice to have basic concepts explained so clearly.

Ching also does well at building the vocabulary of the subject. Often times half the battle of learning a subject is just understanding the vocabulary that goes along with it. Plus, I really love the way that architects talk about buildings. Here's my favorite example; "The orderly rows of columns also punctuate the spatial volume, mark off modular zones within the spatial field, and establish a measurable rhythm and scale which make the spatial dimensions comprehensive."

The illustrations in this book are all original and of near perfect quality. The numerous illustrations also helped me grasp some of the concepts that could not be explained by words. The lettering is also an original creation done by hand. Today you can find the letter from this book as the font "tekton."

This book is great for those who hope to one day use apply these concepts, but it's also the perfect book for those interested in gaining an understanding of the built environment that they connect with everyday. ...more
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Feb 03, 2014

I have read both ching books and lawson books about architecture and design. of course they look at their field from their own perspective; but there is something odd about them. ching's books look like more practical and lawson's look so theorical. but when you get to design something, it turns out you may use what you read in lawson's books more often!
I cannot make a connection between designing and what ching says in his books. you can introduce architecture and design to non-architects and I have read both ching books and lawson books about architecture and design. of course they look at their field from their own perspective; but there is something odd about them. ching's books look like more practical and lawson's look so theorical. but when you get to design something, it turns out you may use what you read in lawson's books more often!
I cannot make a connection between designing and what ching says in his books. you can introduce architecture and design to non-architects and non-designers pretty well; but you will never "learn" designing through ching's books. ...more
3

Feb 05, 2014

An excellent introduction of explaining the principals of architechture, the basic elements of architecture, and a perspective of the building and other elements surrounding it, wih sketches and quotes about architecture.

Very simple, easy to read. Highly recommended for all architecture students.


it was useful during my second semester of architecture. <3
5

Nov 11, 2018

I wish I had discovered this one during my years of studying architecture. It is still a reference to which I go back every now and then to refresh my memory. I would recommend it to every architecture student, or anyone related to the industry...
A precious one !
5

Jun 22, 2008

Architecture: Form, Space, & Order serves as an excellent introduction to architectural design. Ching starts with the most basic elements of geometry--points, lines, planes, volumes--and demonstrates how they can be combined and organized to create architectural forms. The book is composed mostly of illustrations with short sections of text. Each topic is introduced, discussed, and illustrated with both simple drawings and schematics along with renderings of famous architectural landmarks Architecture: Form, Space, & Order serves as an excellent introduction to architectural design. Ching starts with the most basic elements of geometry--points, lines, planes, volumes--and demonstrates how they can be combined and organized to create architectural forms. The book is composed mostly of illustrations with short sections of text. Each topic is introduced, discussed, and illustrated with both simple drawings and schematics along with renderings of famous architectural landmarks that demonstrate the principles in question. It should be kept in mind that the goal of the book is to examine the underlying properties of architecture (geometry, proportion, arrangement) and not to introduce architecture history or movements. If you're interested in architecture history, this is not the book to read. If you want to understand the geometry underlying architecture, this is where you should start. ...more
4

May 21, 2012

I cannot be objective about this book. It was my first introduction to architectural form and my first college text book. The drawings made me want to work harder and become a better designer. It might be a novel perusal for someone with a strong interest in architecture, but probably won't be that interesting to those outside the profession.
5

Aug 22, 2013

Gorgeous illustrations, very clear concepts... Love this book. One of the best design resources still available to architects and designers.
5

Mar 02, 2012

Your guide to Architecture 101. Simple and clear with a lot of examples.

It was a big help for my projects.
4

Jan 05, 2018

I'm an architecture student in my first year and this book is really useful. It clarifies certain aspects and how you can put them to use. But the main reason why I love it is because the drawings are all handmade with such precision, I'm in awe!
4

May 16, 2015

Great book, if you are starting to study architecture, you need to read this right away...
5

Mar 31, 2015

In brief, Ching was a genius guy !
thank you for your writings Mr-Ching ^^
boya :D
4

Aug 08, 2014

Architecture is really hard to understand,when it comes to the basics,it might be even more difficult to understand.But thanks to the author he made it so easy to understand.I learned a lot from this book.Every student in the field of design should read this book.
4

May 15, 2010

Very interesting book - it provides information about basic blocks of architecture, and I think it's good base for the next book in my reading list: A Global History of Architecture
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Mar 18, 2011

even though the first time the book seems really useless regarding learning about fundamentals of points ,line and architecture principals.Then, after having lots of studio works and design classes .its somehow helping me to describe , to know , to talk about what architecture should take .Its an enlightenment from become a carpenter . but seriously i'm enjoying all the dk ching sketches .
5

Jan 24, 2013

I first had this book assigned for my first Design Workshop, I had to copy the diagrams and sketches. Since then I have always browsed it's pages for inspiration, or leisure, anyway I always learn something new. One can never actually be done reading this book. It's excellent for architecture students, and some "long-time architects" ought to take a look at it too.

Every chapter goes from a simple concept to it's complex application on a building, it reviews architecture from Mesopotamia to Louis I first had this book assigned for my first Design Workshop, I had to copy the diagrams and sketches. Since then I have always browsed it's pages for inspiration, or leisure, anyway I always learn something new. One can never actually be done reading this book. It's excellent for architecture students, and some "long-time architects" ought to take a look at it too.

Every chapter goes from a simple concept to it's complex application on a building, it reviews architecture from Mesopotamia to Louis Kahn.

Though it is a book meant for architecture students, I believe it's simplicity of language makes it very accessible to the general public as well. I would recommend this book to any amateur or lego who wants to learn to appreciate and understand architecture. ...more
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Nov 18, 2019

A Great Introductory book for Architecture for Non-Architecture.

The Book gives many example of forms, forms & space, organization, circulation, proportion & scale. It's quite intriguing to see Architectural forms of temples, churches, buildings.

If you're a non-architect and want to building a vocabulary and abstraction in Architecture, I would recommend this book. Frank Lloyd Wright's designs are all over the book.

I would recommend checking out Vitruvius & Palladio if you're A Great Introductory book for Architecture for Non-Architecture.

The Book gives many example of forms, forms & space, organization, circulation, proportion & scale. It's quite intriguing to see Architectural forms of temples, churches, buildings.

If you're a non-architect and want to building a vocabulary and abstraction in Architecture, I would recommend this book. Frank Lloyd Wright's designs are all over the book.

I would recommend checking out Vitruvius & Palladio if you're interested further.

Deus Vult,
Gottfried.

...more
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May 09, 2019

Difficult to assess a textbook in a non-classroom setting. There were useful elements expressing different ways form and space can be organized to achieve an architectural effect. But at times, I felt like Ching was treating architecture as merely applied geometry or topology. And since these simple formal relationships are presented as the core of architecture, his examples wind up emphasizing styles that focus on these relationships at the expense of other considerations (thus the Difficult to assess a textbook in a non-classroom setting. There were useful elements expressing different ways form and space can be organized to achieve an architectural effect. But at times, I felt like Ching was treating architecture as merely applied geometry or topology. And since these simple formal relationships are presented as the core of architecture, his examples wind up emphasizing styles that focus on these relationships at the expense of other considerations (thus the overabundance of examples featuring Le Corbusier). I learned stuff from this book, but it made me long for a broader view of what’s fundamental in architecture. ...more
5

Sep 04, 2018

In any design or artistic field, the most essential concepts to grasp are the terminologies and language used by those in it. This book does that phenomenally well for Architecture. By the end you'll have a firm grasp on the basic concepts, forms and structures used by architects in the manipulation of space.
5

Mar 15, 2020

A clear and easy to understand primer on the principles of architecture. As a person intrigued by this discipline I wanted to consume something that would help me have an understanding of the terms and the ways in which they relate. If you are in the same position as me you'll find an easily digestable and well illustrated primer.
3

Jan 04, 2020

Book for Hell (synonyms: Jhannam, Jaheem, university).

The way I literally singlehandedly explained this whole book and taught it to class, and my professors were the ones to get paid... ... ... Basic Design professors, if youre reading this, you owe me money. ???????????? Book for Hell (synonyms: Jhannam, Jaheem, university).

The way I literally singlehandedly explained this whole book and taught it to class, and my professors were the ones to get paid... ... ... Basic Design professors, if you’re reading this, you owe me money. ???????????? ...more
4

Jun 03, 2019

A nice introduction to the basic elements that make up architecture. Particularly, how form and space make up a building or transform a space. A useful reference guide for those starting out in architecture.
5

Aug 31, 2019

Tons of information for architects. Essential for any beginner
Easy to understand
5

Mar 22, 2018

Front to back, truly magnificent.
Goes surprisingly quick when you get into it, super simple language with complex themes.
Ching is a G
5

Aug 24, 2019

Back to Basics.
Highly recommended, perfect images and descriptions for the suggested topics.

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