The Architectural Book Club convened on Tuesday to review:
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The ABC gets together about every 2 months and it is rare that we are able to reach a consensus about a book. But on this special occasion there was clear consensus.
This book rocked!
101 Things is a must read for folks considering a career in architecture as well as well for practicing architects both young and old. And I would take it a step further and recommend this book to the non-architect who have interests in architecture rand design.
Basically everyone should have this book. For real!
At the very least putting this book on your coffee table will make you look hip and creative.
Matthew Frederick offers some of the most basic advice such as "how to draw a line" (p.1) to more advanced design lessons like: "any aesthetic quality is usually enhanced by the presence of a counterpoint" (p.37).
The main strength of Frederick’s writing is that the language is very approachable and he wisely avoids archi-speak. The perfect example of this is thing #48: "If you can’t explain your ideas to your grandmother in terms that she understands, you don’t know your subject well enough." (p.48).
And I love the little sketches that accompany each lesson.
Here are a few of my favorite 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School by Matthew Frederick
#7 "Suburban buildings are freestanding objects in space. Urban buildings are often shapers of space" (p.7).
#18 "Any design decision should be justified in at least two ways" (p.18).
#21 "An architect knows something about everything. An engineer knows everything about one thing" (p.21).
#53 "A good building reveals different things about itself when reviewed from different distances" (p.53).
#81 "Properly gaining control of the design process tends to feel like one is losing control of the design process" (p.81).
#86 "Manage your ego" (p.86).
#90 "Roll your drawings for transport or storage with the image side facing out" (p.90).
Kudos to Matthew Frederick for this awesome contribution. Next up for the Architectural Book Club: