Archidoodle: The Architect's Activity Book

Archidoodle: The Architect's Activity Book
By Steve Bowkett

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Product Description

This innovative book is the first to provide a fun, interactive way to learn about architecture. Filled with an array of beautiful and elegant drawings, it poses all manner of architectural challenges for the user: from designing your own skyscraper, to drawing an island house or creating a Constructivist monument, plus many others more.

Aimed at anyone who loves drawing buildings, it encourages the user to imagine their own creative solutions by sketching, drawing and painting in the pages of the book. In so doing, they will learn about a whole range of significant architectural issues, such as the importance of site and materials, how to furnish a space, how to read plans, how to create sustainable cities and so on.

The book also includes numerous examples of works and ideas by major architects to draw inspiration from and will appeal to everyone from children to students to architects.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #33050 in Books
  • Color: Multi
  • Brand: Laurence King Publishing
  • Published on: 2013-10-22
  • Released on: 2013-10-22
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 10.75" h x .75" w x 8.50" l, .99 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 160 pages


  • Dream / Design / Draw Buildings!
  • For anyone who loves to draw buildings and use their imagination
  • Learn architectural challenges /read plans/furnish a space
  • Tackle architectural challenges with creative solutions
  • 160 pages with 200 illustrations!

Editorial Reviews

"Your architect friends, family members and visually inclined children will all love [Archidoodle]." - The New York Times

About the Author
Steve Bowkett has taught and practiced architecture for over 25 years in numerous universities and art colleges and is currently a Senior Lecturer at London South Bank University. He studied at the Royal College of Art in London and the Polytechnic of Central London.

Customer Reviews

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful.
5Fun book to create with
By Booklover Jerry
I like the Archidoodle: The Architect's Activity Book. It gets the juices flowing for creating unusual and interesting buildings you otherwise never would have designed. It isn't a textbook or anything on a technical training level but it is a fun book to just create away in. For example, you are instructed to design a house by a cliff and one by a waterfall all the way to design and draw a sectional view of a house that has been influenced by a machine. Some ideas are fascinating like design a funky-looking chimney or design some ideas for domesticated animals, (other than a dog), with one idea showing a cat basket that hangs off a radiator.
Some thought-provoking ones too like using a mountain slope, design in section the arrangement of a small thermal bath house and you are asked to consider views, light and privacy. So it can go from designing something simple to the very complex. I recommend this book to any novice architect, but I also recommend this to any pro out there too, because this book will get you to open up your skills and design things you might have never designed otherwise. There are plenty of buildings, cities and houses to design as well.

One bobble is that most scenes are set so one is a little limited by set scenes to draw a building or a city, but that too is a challenge I kind of like since it makes you think about how to overcome a set scene and yet still design a great house, building or city. Just keep in mind this is a fun book to just create in. I love this book and I think you will too.

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful.
5Fun for a young teen
By T. Harris
This was a gift for my son who likes to draw. He has shown an interest in learning to draw buildings and is thinking of architectural drafting or rendering when he gets older. I though this would be a great book for him to get started on some basics and give him so activities to try on his own. He LOVES it! Lots of great examples of different parts of a building he can use to give a drawing more texture. He's 14 and this is at just the right level for him.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
5Fun, Interesting and Educational - Fantastic Drawing Book
By W. Antonelli
This is an absolutely fantastic book for anyone interested in Architecture. I bought it for my (very mature) 12 year old and she has not put it down. There are lots of architecture terms and how to's. Honestly, I bought it as one of the Amazon "buy these three" and didn't expect much but it ended up being a fun, interesting book.

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