Through a progressive series of exercises - accompanied by observational studies, examples and applied theory - Conversations with Form: A Workbook for Students of Architecture improves designers’ understanding, dexterity and resilience in making form. It specifically focuses on the skills needed to succeed in the everyday context in which the vast majority of architects will ultimately design and build, wherein no one designs in isolation and existing conditions never represent a tabula rasa.
The text begins by familiarizing readers with utilizing step-by-step sequences of moves to steer the development of built form and rapidly moves to designs of increasing complexity. These design plays treat a wide-ranging series of topics including structures, patterns, types, systems and other kinds of shared form principles. Conversations with Form is a workbook for honing hands-on skills and tools of the architect’s trade. Beautifully illustrated and focused on practical, usable information, the book provides architectural students with an accessible and useable handbook for their design practice.
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Emeritus Professor of Architecture, Ball State University
This book is a welcome addition to the important task of reawakening students and their teachers to the tools and accompanying attitudes needed to contribute to the everyday environment. As such, its a welcome antidote to the prevalent focus on self-agrandizing “creativity” foisted on students of architecture from the early years of their education. As an architectural educator (recently retired) with more than 30 years teaching in the US, China, Japan and elsewhere, I only wish this book had been available before! There is a remarkable absence of “teaching methods of designing” books of any kind and this contribution will, I can only hope, find its way into the hands of students who are dissatisfied by the current ways of teaching and are excited to find practical help rooted in deep insights into the way the built environment really comes about and changes. Kudos!!