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Architecture books that you can access online

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Architecture books that you can access online

The philosophy of architecture is a branch of philosophy of art, dealing with aesthetic value of architecture, its semantics and relations with development of culture. Many philosophers and theoreticians from Plato to Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Robert Venturi and Ludwig Wittgenstein have concerned themselves with the nature of architecture and whether or not architecture is distinguished from building.

Architecture has deep wells of research, thought, and theory that are unseen on the surface of a structure. For practitioners, citizens interested, and students alike, books on architecture offer invaluable context to the profession, be it practical, inspirational, academic, or otherwise.

If you have time and are interested in understanding the architecture better but you don’t have a budget, we made a list of online architecture books that you can download or read for free.

“ARKITEKTURA DHE DIKTATURA” BY PETRAQ KOLEVICA

In the book “Arkitektura dhe Diktatura” (Architecture and Dictatorship),  Petraq Kolevica greets “today’s architects and more those of tomorrow” inviting the reader to become part of a storytelling of lives inmersed in content of a regime’s totalitarian concept, which makes sure to fiercly crush everyone that brings the spirit of controversy.

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POINT AND LINE TO PLANE BY WASSILY KANDINSKY

As an influential member of the Bauhaus school and a leading theoretician of abstract expressionism, Kandinsky helped formulate the modern artistic temperament. In Point and Line to Plane, Kandinsky presents a detailed exposition of the inner dynamics of non-objective painting. This book amply demonstrates the importance of his contribution and its profound effect on 20th-century art.

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INVISIBLE CITIES BY ITALO CALVINO

The book explores imagination and the imaginable through the descriptions of cities by an explorer, Marco Polo. The book is framed as a conversation between the elderly and busy emperor Kublai Khan, who constantly has merchants coming to describe the state of his expanding and vast empire, and Polo. The majority of the book consists of brief prose poems describing 55 fictitious cities that are narrated by Polo, many of which can be read as parables or meditations on culture, language, time, memory, death, or the general nature of human experience.

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THINKING ARCHITECTURE BY PETER ZUMTHOR

In this book Peter Zumthor expresses his motivation in designing buildings that speak to our feelings and understanding in so many ways and that possess a powerful and unmistakable presence and personality.

Download the book HERE and the expanded edition HERE

 

JAPAN: ITS ARCHITECTURE, ART, AND ART MANUFACTURES BY CHRISTOPHER DRESSER

Japan: Its Architecture, Art, and Art Manufactures by the British designer Christopher Dresser (1834-1904) is more than just a book on such subjects: It was born of Dresser’s extensive travels in Japan in 1876-77, and thus also records a journey and what transpired on it. That travelogue makes up the first part of the book; analysis of architecture, art, and design makes up the second part, with more extensive illustration.

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THE POETICS OF SPACE BY GASTON BACHELARD

Thirty years since its first publication in English, French philosopher Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space one of the most appealing and lyrical explorations of home. Bachelard takes us on a journey, from cellar to attic, to show how our perceptions of houses and other shelters shape our thoughts, memories, and dreams.

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JAPAN STYLE: ARCHITECTURE + INTERIORS + DESIGN BY KIMIE TADA & GEETA MEHTA

Traditional Japanese homes, with superbly crafted fine wood, great workmanship and seasonal interior arrangements, have an aesthetic of infinite simplicity. Unlike Japanese inns and historical buildings, the Japanese architecture featured in this book is on private property not open to public viewing. Japan Style offers a rare glimpse into the intimate world of everyday Japanese culture and fascinating insight into the traditional architecture of Japan.

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COMPLEXITY AND CONTRADICTION IN ARCHITECTURE BY ROBERT VENTURI

This collection of excerpts is from the book Venturi wrote for the Museum of Modern Art as partof a book series curated by the museum in the 1960’s. The objective of the series was to explore and promote ideas that were too complex or involved for exhibit. The re-publication of the book was not to accompany a museum exhibition, rather its purpose was to recognise the importance of Complexity and Contradiction as a critical and historical expression of a turning point in modern architectural history.

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