What are the best must read Architecture books for enthusiasts ?

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    #1Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture

    Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture

    Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture is a design, art, reference and non-fiction instructive guide book about Architecture written by Robert Venturi with introduction and foreword from Vincent Scully and Arthur Drexler.

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    Héctor Solano
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is a legendary book in the architecture world. Award winning and beloved by architects all around the world! Being a long time lover of building and working on my own degree, this was a must read. A staggering three hundred and fifty photos of architectural excellence? Sounds perfect for any true enthusiast like myself. This book is no joke!"
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    #2Neufert Architects' Data, Third Edition

    Neufert Architects' Data, Third Edition
    Neufert Architects' Data, Third Edition is an instructive guide book about Architecture written by Ernst Neufert, Peter Neufert, Bousmaha Baiche and Nicholas Walliman. It was publishedAugust 26, 2002 by Wiley-Blackwell.
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    Pamela Pena
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The solution tells you more about the authors and publications rather than why the Neufert Architect's Data is the must read for Architecture enthusiasts. I think I would have preferred just reading Neufert Architects' Data, Third Edition is an instructive guide book about Architecture because everything else was irrelevant. "
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    #3The Fountainhead

    The Fountainhead
    The Fountainhead is a design, art, reference and non-fiction instructive guide book about Architecture written by Ayn Rand with the afterword from Leonard Peikoff. It was published September 1996 by Signet.
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    Anna Kelley
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This popular book for architects is a helpful paperback guide. This non-fiction reference book has a good amount of illustrations and designs for artistic and architectural references. More specifics and information on this book would be an upgrade."
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    #4From Bauhaus to Our House

    From Bauhaus to Our House

    From Bauhaus to Our House is a design, art, reference and non-fiction instructive guide book about Architecture written by Tom Wolfe. It was published October 5, 1999 by Bantam.

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    Samantha Jordan
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Very funny and informative book on architecture. It is a story of professorial self anointed European transplanted Architects with a bunch of collegiate lemmings as followers"
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    #5Architectural Graphics

    Architectural Graphics

    Architectural Graphics is a design, art, reference and non-fiction instructive guide book about Architecture written by Francis D.K. Ching. It was published June 20, 2002 by Wiley.

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    #6Learning from Las Vegas - Revised Edition

    Learning from Las Vegas - Revised Edition

    Learning from Las Vegas - Revised Edition: The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form is a design, art, reference and non-fiction instructive guide book about Architecture written by Robert Venturi, Steven Izenour and Denise Scott Brown.

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    Megan Cooper
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Learning from Las Vegas - Revised Edition The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form stayed on my desk the entire time I was in college, and I was constantly referring to it as a guide in my studies. Produced by some of the greatest architectural thinkers of our age, it provides an indispensable glimpse into the world of design and form."
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    #7Architecture As Space

    Architecture As Space
    Architecture As Space is a design, art, reference and non-fiction instructive guide book about Architecture written by Bruno Zevi. It was published August 21, 1993 by Da Capo Press.
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    Kelly Hill
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I think this book would be a nice option for someone who is into this topic. It seems to fit the bill of something I'd want to look at. I like the solution for what I want and think it's a good pick."
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    #8In Praise of Shadows

    In Praise of Shadows
    In Praise of Shadows is a design, art, reference and non-fiction instructive guide book about Architecture written by Junichiro Tanizaki. It was published December 1, 1977 by Leete'S Island Books.
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    Bruce Thomas
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is available in paperback, audiobook, and Kindle. I'm a fan of the cool cover, as well."
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    #9The Poetics of Space

    The Poetics of Space

    The Poetics of Space is an instructive guide book about Architecture written by Gaston Bachelard, Maria Jolas and translated by John R. Stilgoe. It was published April 1, 1994 by Beacon Press.

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    Roger Williamson
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book is a good solution. Its description matches the topic of books for architecture enthusiasts as it is an insular topic with a fascinating viewpoint."
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    #10Visual Dictionary of Architecture

    Visual Dictionary of Architecture

    Visual Dictionary of Architecture is a design, art, reference and non-fiction instructive guide book about Architecture written by Francis D.K. Ching. It was published 1996 by Wiley publishing.

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    Ángel Madrigal
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is all around the most useful book on architecture I have ever read! I love how everything is grouped based on history, construction, and materials. And how clear and detailed the illustrations are. By having this book with me, I can now pretty much tell you when a building might have been built and what each part of it is technically called. This was an excellent resource for developing my knowledge on architecture."
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    #11Clay and Cob Buildings

    Clay and Cob Buildings

    Clay and Cob Buildings is a book by John D. McCann. First published in 1995, it provides an in-depth view of processes for building with earth as well as providing regional patterns and terminologies in clay and cob buildings.

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    Zhou Zhu
    Written on May 4, 2018
    " Clay and Cob Buildings is a good Architecture book for Architecture enthusiasts and for anyone who just loves something unique and artistic. It views some cob buildings in England which are very inspiring and makes you wish that you could have that home for your very own. This was a very interesting book for looking at fine Architecture."
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    #12Cob Buildings - A Practical Guide

    Cob Buildings - A Practical Guide

    Cob Buildings: A Practical Guide is a book by Jane Schoefield and Jill Smallcombe. First published in 2004, it provides a step-by-step instruction oh how to build environmentally-friendly and cost-effective cob buildings.

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    Julia Caballero
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I wouldn't recommend this book if you are looking for guide in the architectural field. If you only want to know about cob buildings, then you will love this book. But, if you want to learn about a broad spectrum of architect, the ins and outs, this isn't the book that will give it to you. A bit disappointing!"
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    #13The Cob Builders Handbook

    The Cob Builders Handbook

    The Cob Builders Handbook: You Can Hand-Sculpt Your Own Home (Third Edition) is a book by Becky Bee. First published in 1998 by Groundworks, it provides a manual focusing on how to make earth structure.

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    Eric Herrera
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Good solution, Book seems to be within the right criteria for architecture and has very decent reviews. It is what the topic creator was looking for and overall the topic is solved. I think he will enjoy this book. "
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    #14The Tao of Cob

    The Tao of Cob

    The Tao of Cob: How a Kansas Grandmother Built Her Own Natural Home in the Woods is a book by Dorethy Hancock. First published in 2013 by Dorethy Hancock, it narrates the author's experiences with cob building.

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    Sandra Wright
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "The Tao of Cob is so inspirational. I really enjoyed reading the memoir of Hancock, as well as the how to parts of the book. It is a great read for anyone who is into natural housing. It makes me want to go out and build one myself!"
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    #15The Art of Natural Building: Design, Construction, Resources

    The Art of Natural Building: Design, Construction, Resources

    The Art of Natural Building: Design, Construction, Resources is a book by Joseph F. Kennedy, Michael G. Smith, and Catherine Wanek. First published in 2001 by New Society Publishers, the book offers insights into natural building designs.

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    James Evans
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I fancy myself as an architectural hobbyist. In simple terms, I like attractive design in buildings, but I couldn't tell you why. The Art of Natural Building: Design, Construction, Resources is a book that puts a bit of method behind my thought process. It highlights some of the design considerations that need to be in place to keep buildings upright and where the designers can show a bit of creativity. It's a great coffee table book to thumb through if you appreciate architecture that is both beautiful and functional."
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    #16The Good House Book

    The Good House Book
    The Good House Book: A Common-Sense Guide to Alternative Homebuilding Solar, Straw Bale, Cob, Adobe, Earth Plaster, More is a book by Clarke Snell. It was first published in 2004 by Lark Books.
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    Shirley Mason
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This book looks like it has a lot of good ideas for architecture. There isn't any really large projects. Most are do it yourself. The books is 240 pages so I would say it's pretty extensive with alot of ideas and projects in it."
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    #17Building Green

    Building Green
    Building with Cob: A Step-by-Step Guide is a book by Adam Weismann. First published in 2006 by UIT Cambridge Ltd., it offers detailed illustrations and photos for creating cob structures.
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    Edward Wade
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "If you are into architecture and you haven't read this yet you are doing yourself a disservice. Read this as soon as you can it is great. "
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    #18Building with Cob: A Step-by-Step Guide

    Building with Cob: A Step-by-Step Guide

    Building with Cob: A Step-by-Step Guide is a book by Adam Weismann. First published in 2006 by UIT Cambridge Ltd., it offers detailed illustrations and photos for creating cob structures.

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    César Caballero
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "interested book. the book like this is something that i would read normally"
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    #19The Hand-Sculpted House

    The Hand-Sculpted House

    The Hand-Sculpted House: A Philosophical and Practical Guide to Building a Cob Cottage is a book by Ianto Evans, Michael G. Smith, and Linda Smiley. It was first published in 1990 by Chelsea Green Publishing Co.

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    Gregorio Alarcón
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "While the book itself is filled with much information and I am confident that I could actually build a cob structure after reading it, the book also serves as a guide for further reading. In each section, the authors mention other resources that one can use to further his or her knowledge about that topic. Sometimes, those are other books by these authors, but most of the time it is books by others. "

Summary

Best What are the best must read Architecture books for enthusiasts
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Complexity and Contradiction in ArchitectureBooks 37 Paid
2Neufert Architects' Data, Third EditionBooks 32 Paid
3The FountainheadBooks 27 Paid
4From Bauhaus to Our HouseBooks 21 Paid
5Architectural GraphicsBooks 15 Paid
6Learning from Las Vegas - Revised EditionBooks 13 Paid
7Architecture As SpaceBooks 12 Paid
8In Praise of ShadowsBooks 10 Paid
9The Poetics of SpaceBooks 2 Paid
10Visual Dictionary of ArchitectureBooks 1 Paid
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