A comprehensive introduction to architecture and architectural history and exceptional in its approach, this book explores architecture as a current practice in relation to history and in relation to the wider context of cultures, conservation and the environment. This new edition brings in the new emphasis on sustainability, urbanism, urban regeneration and cultural identity, in order to take a holistic approach to the subject of architecture. 

Highly illustrated, this book enables the reader to make sense of the experience of architecture and the built environment by understanding more about the form, construction, meaning and history of the subject.

chapter 1|8 pages


chapter 2|24 pages

Architecture and building

chapter 3|22 pages

Architectural history

chapter 4|27 pages

Space and function

chapter 5|28 pages

Drawings and models

chapter 6|32 pages

Materials and construction

chapter 7|25 pages

The exterior

chapter 8|26 pages

Styles and periods

chapter 9|27 pages

Site and place

chapter 10|19 pages