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The Anatomy of the Architectural Book


By André Tavares

A book that examines approaches to structuring, constructing, and designing architectural books, and traces how they have changed over time. Architectural bookmaking has been influenced by disciplinary debate, just as building construction has been exposed to the charms of book culture. Examining the crossover between book culture and building culture makes visible the axes along which architectural knowledge circulates through books into buildings and back—from the celebration of specific architectural practices to the production of unique books, using pages and print to convey architectural ideas.

Dissecting a wealth of books through five conceptual tools—texture, surface, rhythm, structure and scale—André Tavares analyzes the material qualities of these works. A detailed history of Sigfried Giedion’s Befreites Wohnen and the two incarnations of the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park and Sydenham provide a background that guides readers to consider the rise of the industrialized book as well as with the configuration of the book as a unique visual device.

Richly illustrated with samples from the library of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the volume discusses a wide range of authors, including Vitruvius, William Morris, Gottfried Semper, El Lissitzky and Le Corbusier.

Designed by Drop/João Faria

Published by Lars Müller, 2016

Hardcover, 384 pages, full color with 346 images, 6.5 × 9.5 inches

ISBN: 978-3-03778-473-0