Architecture is a doing word. You can learn a great deal about the workings of architecture through analysing examples but a fuller understanding of its powers and potential comes through practice, by trying to do it...

This book offers student architects a series of exercises that will develop their capacity for doing architecture. Exercises in Architecture builds on and supplements the methodology for architectural analysis presented in the author’s previous book Analysing Architecture (third edition, Routledge, 2009) and demonstrated in his Twenty Buildings Every Architect Should Understand (Routledge, 2010). The three books taken together deal with the three aspects of learning: description, analysis of examples, and practice.

The book offers twelve exercises, each divided into a short series of tasks aimed at developing a particular theme or area of architectural capacity. The exercises deal with themes such as place-making, learning through drawing, framing, light, , uses of geometry, stage setting, eliciting emotional responses, the genetics of detail and so forth.

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Prelude: The ‘architecture’ drive

chapter |8 pages

General Introduction

part |3 pages

Section One Fundamentals

chapter |8 pages

Exercise 2: Flipping perceptions

chapter |17 pages

Exercise 3: Axis (and its denial)

chapter |2 pages

Summary of Section One

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Section Two Geometry

chapter |5 pages

Exercise 4: Alignment

chapter |4 pages

Exercise 5: Anthropometry

chapter |6 pages

Exercise 6: Social geometry

chapter |29 pages

Exercise 7: The geometry of making

chapter |14 pages

Exercise 8: The geometry of planning

chapter |13 pages

Exercise 9: Ideal geometry

chapter |15 pages

Exercise 10: Symmetry and asymmetry

chapter |16 pages

Exercise 11: Playing with geometry

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Summary of Section Two

part |2 pages

Section Three Out into the Real World

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Summary of Section Three

chapter |3 pages

Postlude: Drawing plans and sections

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