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Design Dossier: Architecture

Design Dossier: Architecture

Spring 2012 Doing & Learning
Ages: 10 & Up
Author: Pamela Pease
Publisher: Paintbox Press
ISBN: 9780977790531
Hardcover Price: $24.00

While there are innumerable books on architecture for kids there aren't many that actually discuss the profession. Most books focus on the buildings, not the people who design them or the process through which they are built. "Architecture for Kids" covers basic concepts like materials and construction, but goes deeper into what it takes to be an architect. It answers questions like what kind of education is required and what a typical day in the studio is like. Also included is a disc with a project the reader can construct as well as portfolio cards for some of the World's most renowned architects practicing today. The seven chapters add up to a well-rounded look at the profession and the process.

The book's overall design is polished, minimalist and very much a book for someone with an architect's mind. Glossy, spiral-bound, tabbed and pocketed pages full of sleek images and cool graphics let you know this isn't just another kid's book with silly illustrations. Rather than dumbing it down, this book imparts a true, but fun, look at the design world. "Architecture for Kids" would be a wonderful introduction to any child who'd like to learn more about what it takes to be an architect.

Tracey Clark   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Tracey Clark is the mother of a three year old son. When she's not chasing after him, she's running the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, a local non-profit, and an architectural antique business. She dreams of the day she can get back on her motorcycle and continue seeing the world.

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