Book review: What is Architecture? And 100 Other Questions
We take a look at 'What is Architecture? And 100 Other Questions' (Laurence King, 2015) by Rasmus Waern & Gert Wingardh.
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The opening pages introduce the question ‘What is the essence of architecture?’. The book tries to answer this along with, as the title suggests, a 100 other answers addressing a whole range of different issues. The questions span from the theory and history of architecture to posing more interesting questions, such as ‘Is Dubai a city?’ and ‘Can you own a view?’.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
If you’re looking for an easy read and interested in architecture then this is for you. This book answers questions which motivates you to think about the process behind what goes into creating the cities skyline. Simple and straight to the point.
WHO'S IT FOR?
The book offers a short one line answer for each question and then a longer more detailed discussion. The bite size answers make it an interesting and simple read for anyone. But, I would suggest the book is also for those within the field interested in the discussion, as the authors state ‘the same question can have many different correct answers.’
HOW MUCH IS IT GOING TO COST ME?
This book will cost you £9.95. Reasonable for what you get. And with a 35% discount for students buying from Laurence King’s website, it's only the price for what a decent magazine would be.
WHAT'S THE OVERALL VERDICT?
Entertaining compact book which is easily digestible.
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