A Visual Dictionary of Architecture by Francis Ching
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A Visual Dictionary of Architecture by Francis Ching

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Preface to A Visual Dictionary of Architecture PDF

This book defines over 5,000 terms relating to architectural design, history, and technology. It is the only dictionary that provides concise, accurate definitions illustrated with finely detailed, hand-rendered drawings, each executed in Mr. Ching's signature style.

Just as a single image can be worth a thousand words, a single word can conjure up in the mind's eye a thousand images.

Regardless of the power of a solitary word or image, however, each communicates meaning more effectively when brought together into a sfngle preserrtatlon.

The symbiotic relationship between graphic and verbal communication is the basis for this visual dictionary of architecture.

Instead of an alphabeticallistil19 of entries as found in most dictionaries, the information is clustered around basic aspects of architecture as outlined in the table of contents.

Within each section, words are placed in a visual context which further explains, clarifies, and completes their meaning. 

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