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Rice’s Language of Buildings

Rice, Matthew
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Published: October 10, 2017
ISBN: 9781408893784
240 pages, Colour illustrations throughout
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£20.00

This beautifully illustrated book covers the grammar and vocabulary of British buildings, explaining the evolution of styles from Norman castles to Norman Foster. Its aim is to enable the reader to recognise, understand and date any British building.

As Matthew Rice says, ‘Once you can speak any language, conversation can begin, but without it communications can only be brief and brutish. The same is the case with Architecture: an inability to describe the component parts of a building leaves one tongue-tied and unable to begin to discuss what is or is not exciting, dull or peculiar about it.’ With this book in your hand, buildings will break down beguilingly into their component parts, ready for inspection and discussion. There will be no more references to ‘that curly bit on top of the thing with the square protrusions’. Fluent in the world of volutes, hood moulds, lobed architraves and bucrania, you will be able to leave a cathedral or country house with as much to talk about as a film or play.

Complete with over 400 exquisite watercolour illustrations and hand-drawn annotations, this is a joyous celebration of British buildings and will allow you to observe and describe the world around you afresh.

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