Architectural Model As Machine by Dustin Altschul

This book , in my opinion, serves best as a primer overview of the historical relationship of physical models and their servitude in constructing buildings. For me personally, I concluded most chapters with a feeling that I had only been presented with very basic general facts. So by no means should this book be viewed as a comprehensive overview of the history of models in architecture; which I guess I was hoping for.

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Architecture: The Story of Practice by Dustin Altschul

While admittingly this book can feel quite dry at times (no surprise it is written in the format of a social science report), while also feeling a bit dated (no surprise again published in 1991), I believe this book provides clear evidence of what universal mechanics define the practice of architecture. Understanding these mechanics, or taking time to study them, I believe would do a number of architects a lot of justice. 

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Atlas of Novel Techtonics by Dustin Altschul

To begin with, and to finally get it out of my system, I found the construction of this book incredibly frustrating. It is well bounded, and printed on seemingly decent paper. So it is noticeable that there was some desire to create an object of quality. But the pictures, when not in block in white, are inserted  in a post-it note like fashion. That's right majority of the pictures behave like flags, rather then carefully selected  images  worth visual inspection. This treatment of the images just frustrates me because I  feel it significantly devalues the entire experience of reading the book. But none the less, with that difference aside,  this book is highly inspirational.

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