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13 Ways of Looking at Architectural Theory

Glenn N.P. Nowak (author)

ISBN: 9781621312307

Publication Date: Dec 2013

Format: Paperback

A hands-on tool for use in the investigative processes of architectural thinking, writing and drawing, and a useful supplement to main textbooks. This text enhances the learning experience by successfully combining the theories that are the foundation of architectural study, and the poetry behind the architectural process.
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13 Ways of Looking at Architectural Theory is a hands-on tool for use in the investigative processes of architectural thinking, writing and drawing, and is a useful supplement to main textbooks. It enhances the learning experience by successfully combining the theories that are the foundation of architectural study, and the poetry behind the architectural process.

The book strongly references and aligns with Robert Harbison's Thirteen Ways: Theoretical Investigations in Architecture. Following Harbison's progression of ideas the topics covered in the book include: sculpture; machines; the body; landscape; models; ideas; politics; the sacred; subjectivity, and memory. Rather than being text-heavy and seeing students as passive readers, 13 Ways of Looking at Architecture includes several features that allow students to relate to the concepts, to visualize, and to participate. In each chapter students will find:

  • Example sketches from the author and previous students
  • Invitations for students to draw and write their own ideas
  • Prose sections demonstrating architecture's link with poetry by connecting topics in the book to Wallace Steven's poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird"
  • Over 100 original poems, which are used as lesson examples

Class-tested over a period of several years, 13 Ways of Looking at Architectural Theory is ideal for beginning architecture students. It also serves as a visual and literary resource for student and academic audiences and others interested in architectural theory.
Pages 278
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Dec 2013
Publisher Cognella Academic Publishing
Subject/s Theory of architecture  
Glenn NP Nowak, Foundation Program Coordinator and interim director of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Downtown Design Center, teaches architectural theory and design studio at introductory and advanced levels. He founded the hospitality design concentration where he co-teaches with architects from several major firms. He earned his bachelor of architecture at Ball State University and his master of architecture at Cornell University. He continues to investigate the poetics of space and the architectonics of writing.

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