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William J. R. Curtis Modern Architecture Since 1900
William J. R. Curtis has been writing for many years and focuses on twentieth century architecture.
Revised 3rd edition. Seven new chapters with a wide variety of new world architecture. Easy to read and comprehend. Has colored illustrations.
Requires effort and involvement from the reader.
Modern, 20th century architecture
Stephanie Travis Architecture Sketching Book
Stephanie Travis is well educated and experienced in the field of architecture and is currently an associate professor and director.
Comprehensive guide with illustrations. Ideal for professionals and learners. Has relevant examples. Features simple designs and complex structures.
It isn’t super detailed.
August 4, 2015
Francis D. K. Ching Architecture: Form, Space, and Order
Francis D. K. Ching is a Professor Emeritus who has published over a dozen books on architecture and design graphics.
Well organized. Illustrated. Language is architectural. Encourages architectural thinking. New trends featured.
Font is too small for some.
Hardcover, paperback, Kindle
September 29, 2014
Kate Stohr Design Like You Give A Damn
Kate Stohr is a co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, an organization that helps communities in need of architectural services.
Well illustrated with color photographs. Is easy to understand. Has comprehensive design samples. Offers solutions to architectural problems. Promotes sustainable architecture.
Projects aren’t fully explained.
Architecture and society
Lee J. Ames Draw 50 Buildings & Other Structures Book
Lee J. Ames was an artist highly renowned for his Draw 50 books, aimed at helping children and beginners learn to draw different things.
Ideal for children. Easy to follow and understand. Has clear illustrations. Has drawings from all over the world.
Not highly detailed, thus, basic.