100 Ideas that Changed Architecture

Richard Weston


This inspiring book chronicles the most influential ideas that have shaped architecture. Entertainingly written by an expert on architecture, it provides a concise history of the subject, and offers a fascinating resource to dip into for the general reader.

Starting with the basic building ‘components’ of door, window, column and beam and the Classical orders, it then goes on to explore historical movements such as the Picturesque and Beaux-Arts, innovative materials such as steel and reinforced concrete, technical innovations, such as the lift and electric lighting, through to modern movements such as Universal Design and Deconstruction.

Arranged in a broadly chronological order, the ideas are presented through fascinating text and arresting visuals, 100 Ideas that Changed Architecture explores when each idea first evolved and the subsequent impact it has had up to the present day.

Creator Bio

Richard Weston is a Professor at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. Previous books include the monograph Alvar Aalto, winner of the 1995 Sir Banister Fletcher Prize, and the definitive monograph on the Danish architect Jørn Utzon. His other books include The House in the Twentieth Century (2001), Materials, Form and Architecture (2003) and Key Buildings of the Twentieth Century, 2nd edition (2010), all published by Laurence King.

Price £19.95
Format Paperback / softback
Publication Date 5 September 2011
Pages 216
Height 270mm
Width 210mm
Illustrations 300 colour images
Rights Europe (excluding Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland), Middle East, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe
ISBN-13 9781856697323