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Illustrated dictionary of architecture /

Main Author: Burden, Ernest E., 1934-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : McGraw-Hill, 2012
Edition: 3rd ed.
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This revised and expanded edition of a standard lexicon (2nd ed., 2002; 1st ed., CH, Oct'98, 36-0672) contains twice the number of new entries as the last edition, along with some definitions that are completely rewritten. A modest redesign makes for some improvement in the layout. Published in full color for the first time, this dictionary also features 1,000 more images than the second edition and twice as many as the first. Architect Burden explains that the images add another level of quality to his definitions by illustrating the position of elements within their structures. The photographic images (though uncaptioned) also serve to illustrate major design variations, both historical and contemporary. Burden has eliminated the index, instead integrating cross-references throughout; to find "Gable roof," readers are now directed to the "Roof" section. Also included are many newer concepts related to environmentalism and sustainability (e.g., "Agenda 21"). This is an economically designed but surprisingly comprehensive dictionary. It encompasses famous buildings, styles, and architects' biographies, along with materials and individual architectural elements. Chock-full, this all-in-one lexicon will be the basic reference book of choice for both architects and students. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners. L. C. Duhon The University of Toledo

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