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The design of cities and buildings affects the quality of our lives. Making the built environment useful, safe, comfortable, efficient, and as beautiful as possible is a universal quest. We dream about how we might live, work, and play. From these dreams come some 95 percent of all private and public buildings; professional architects design only about five percent of the built environment. While much of what non-architects build is beautiful and useful, the ugliness and inconveniences that blight many urban areas demonstrate that an understanding of good architectural design is vital for creating livable buildings and public spaces. To help promote this understanding among non-architects, as well as among those considering architecture as a profession, award-winning architect and professor Hal Box explains the process of making architecture from concept to completed building, using real-life examples to illustrate the principles involved in designing buildings that enhance the quality of life for those who live with them.

Box believes that everyone should be involved in making architecture and has organized this book as a series of letters to friends and students about the process of creating architecture. He describes what architecture should be and do, how to look at and appreciate good buildings, and how to understand the design process, work with an architect, or become an architect. He also provides an overview of architectural history. For those involved in building projects, Box offers practical guidance about what goes into constructing a building, from the first view of the site to the finished building. For students thinking of becoming architects, he describes an architect's typical training and career path. And for the wide public audience interested in architecture and the built environment, Box addresses how architecture relates to the city, where the art of architecture is headed, and why good architecture matters.

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loved it, BAS

I have a BAS, have worked in the field for roughly 4 years, have been around construction all of my life, and thought this book was a great story of the roll of an architect. The book also touched on what are, in my opinion, great processes one might follow while learning to develop their own style and is also a great synthesis of academic and built world knowledge

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  • jeremy Bridge
  • 2018-07-31

Great book, brutal narration.

It’s super difficult to listen to this audiobook. Really well written and a valuable perspective on the creative process. Narrator sounds like a computer.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-27

Good content but with robotic performance

This is an excellent book for architects and non-architects alike. It successfully describes what it's like to be an architect and how to think like one. However, the narration makes it sound like being an architect is monotonous and boring. Quite frankly, there were some parts that were overly tedious and difficult to listen to. It would really be great if the narration could be remixed with someone who doesn't sound like a robot. In spite of this, I'd highly recommend this book for it's content and the things you will learn about architects and architecture.

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  • Khalid
  • 2017-04-18

loved it

I loved the fact that the book leterly helps you to think like an architect. Although, there are many points I find myself need to search for an architectural terminology. But if you really need to think like an architect you need to write down some points.

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  • Richard G. Sussenbach, Jr.
  • 2017-02-05

Great ideas on how to revive architecture.

I liked Mr. Box's opinions on architecture, and his thoughts on the decline of architecture. The narration was devoid of feeling, and detrimental to the book. Like how modern architecture has taken away alot of what is special about great buildings.

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  • Mitch H
  • 2020-11-19

I enjoyed it

This book was informative, easy to understand and thought provoking. I liked the planning and zoning critique of why homogenous neighborhoods are extinct and how that affected society.

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  • Local Technique
  • 2020-09-06

Robot narrator?

Great content, awful reading. Done by AI? Almost impossible to listen with laughing and giving up. Upside: kind of like a lost Radiohead album

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  • Ingrid
  • 2020-08-28

WORST narrator ever

I cannot stand listen to it 🤢 So weird and cringing! Seriously even Siri sounds way more interesting!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-06-13

wonderful book!

great book to get your brain to really examine where Architecture is headed and where its been.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-02-27

Narrator monotone

Very monotone reader, but contains surpassed expectations. Overall good just really hard to pay attention to.

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  • Mohammed
  • 2019-12-24

The worst narration

This narrator is just boring. His voice is one tone throughout the book. I think it is a matching reading. Such an ugly voice. It really made the book not worth listening to.