Author(s): Steve Bowkett
This innovative book is the first to provide a fun, interactive way to learn about architecture. Filled with an array of beautiful and elegant drawings, it poses all manner of architectural challenges for the user: from designing your own skyscraper, to drawing an island house or creating a Constructivist monument, plus many others more. Aimed at anyone who loves drawing buildings, it encourages the users to imagine their own creative solutions by sketching, drawing and painting in the pages of the book. In so doing, they will learn about a whole range of significant architectural issues, such as the importance of site and materials, how to furnish a space, how to read plans, how to create sustainable cities and so on. The book also includes numerous examples of works and ideas by major architects to draw inspiration from and will appeal to everyone from children to students to architects.
Steve Bowkett has taught and practiced architecture for over 25 years in numerous universities and art colleges and is currently a Senior Lecturer at London South Bank University. He studied at the Royal College of Art in London and the Polytechnic of Central London.
Some of the challenges set in the book include: The furniture in a room has a big impact on its appearance and its style. Draw a table and chair that suits the interior of this space. In Dubai they have created a series of new islands along the coastline. Design your own new island community. Cities underneath our great oceans may provide a new way of living in the future. Design your own city influenced by the shape of coral. Here are plans of three houses which need to be positioned on site drawing below. Think about what would be a good view and in which direction the Sun comes from. Here are some buildings that have fantastic shapes. Design a couple of your own. Imagine you are James Bond's arch-enemy and you own a secret Island location. Design a new headquarters for your plan to rule the World on to the cut away drawing provided. Here is a cross-section through a bicycle factory. Add the following pieces of machinery and mechanisms to provide the bikes with the following; Frame and handle bars Wheels Chain Packaging Copy this drawing of Fallingwater by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright in ink / pen chalk / crayons paint / brushes The Bauhaus: T Many famous Architects have worn glasses. Practice on this face before designing a pair for yourself. 'The architect of the future will build imitating Nature' Antonio Gaudi. Gaudi's architecture was in heavily influenced by natural forms. Design the envelope of a building that is like something in nature. 'Less is More' - Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Try designing a minimal building for yourself. 'A House is a Machine for Living' - Le Corbusier. Design your own machine house.