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When is a building just a building and when is it art? Thisaccessible guide cuts through the jargon and clearly explains theessentials of architecture, demystifying the incredible ways inwhich structures and spaces come alive. You'll gain a realappreciation for architecture and the confidence to talk aboutit—even to an architect.

  • Just the essential information for readers on the go who wantto understand architecture.
  • Covers the highlights of architectural history, from the GreatPyramids to Frank Gehry's Guggenheim museum in Bilbao.
  • Explains how to look at a building and appreciate it. Explainswhen a building's a building and when it's art.
  • Part of Tens includes Ten Great Architectural Masterpieces, TenBiggest Architectural and Engineering Failures, Ten of the MostInteresting Architects Working Today, and more.

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