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Eyewitness Companions: Architecture (Eyewitness Companion Guides)

By Jonathan Glancey

Discover the world's maximum structures! Architecture is full of awesome illustrations and images that take you to the center of the world's landmark structures. Get the chance to seem past the facade. study fabrics and expertise that form structures, and determine the foremost components and ornamental beneficial properties of every architectural sort. this can be the simplest definitive visible consultant on structure; it covers 5,000 years of architectural layout, sort, and building from airports to ziggurats.

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