Review by Choice Review
Architecture is one of the few technologies still taught by the studio method. This puts pressure on architecture librarians since, by tradition, architects do not heavily rely upon published literature and more or less try to reinvent the wheel to adapt each new building to a different set of environmental requirements. What has been needed has been a comprehensive first-source encyclopedia on architectural processes and technology to at least get the architectural student or practitioner started in the right direction. This five-volume set seems to fill the bill. It contains more than 500 articles by 600 contributors prepared in cooperation with the American Institute of Architects. In addition to articles on Design (including building types, urban planning, and architectural competition), Engineering (including building materials, testing materials, and systems of construction), and Construction (including construction documents and construction management), it gives biographies of more than 100 leading architectural professionals. The articles are all signed, are well illustrated (often in color), and have an up-to-date bibliography. Librarians will especially appreciate an extensive article, "Architectural Press, U.S." in Volume 1. The volumes are being published over a 20-month period so the index will not be available until October 1989. This is a drawback to full use of these volumes, but the help each volume can give as it comes out is worth the standing order or purchase as the volume is released. Highly recommended. -R. J. Havlik, University of Notre Dame
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