Book Review: History of Architecture by Banister Fletcher

Book Review: History of Architecture by Banister Fletcher

Penned down by Professor Banister Fletcher and later editions by Banister Fletcher (the son), published first in 1896, the Bible of History of Architecture, as popularly known; the book is a complete manifestation of architecture in itself. It celebrates architecture and connects it with the past in a fascinating way. I am unsure of how qualified I am to review a book that over the years has evolved to perfection. But nonetheless, here is the least that I can tell of what it holds and how it unfolds, much like a storybook from the ancestors.

Architecture of Everywhere and from Everywhere:

The book covers the architecture of all the places of the world. It takes the historically important and remarkable architectural from all the four directions and puts them on the paper, and describes all the details that one might need to know about them. It also shows the development of the civilizations or countries through maps, which make the reader, understand the country or the civilization much closely.

Prehistoric to the International:

From the prehistoric era to the present, everything architecturally relevant, the book meticulously covers it. Every era has its significant type of architecture which plays an important role in shaping up the society. The editors of the book have articulated the important developments of every era and made it available for the readers.

book review planndesign

Influences on Architecture and Its Evolution:

Not everyone pays attention to the fact that architecture isn’t just buildings, but everything that surrounds it, it is necessary that architecture is understood as a whole but not in pieces. The whole picture is the additive of everything from geographical location to the social and political influences of a place, and how they shape up the architecture of the place is a rare discussion. But, the book emphasizes on it and this makes you more learned about the architecture and why it holds an important place in the industry.

Architectural Character:

Traditionally, whatever material was readily and abundantly available was the main source and resource for the construction of the building, thus, giving a particular characteristic to the building. The book goes from one era to the other, and one civilization to the other, describing the architectural character of each building and why it has been designed the way it has been.

planndesign book review

Photographic Illustrations:

The book has some of the very rare photographs of the architecturally important buildings, and they have been illustrated really well.

Examples of Plans, Sections and Views:

Examples of all the important buildings have been described with plans, sections and views. The methods of construction, the materials used and the special characteristic of the buildings have been presented really well and are very easy to understand, and especially for students to learn it can come in very handy.

Comparative Analysis:

The fifth edition stands out from the previous editions of the book, as it marks the starting of the comparative analysis in the book. It draws a comparative analysis of different civilizations, and eras. This helps one understand as to how two civilizations have grown parallel-y, and how similar or different the developments have been across the globe.

Elaborate Index:

If you want to refer something from the book directly, without spending the time to read it, then the contents and the index of the book is quite elaborate and covers all the necessary topics and examples or anything that can be important to the reader. The book is quite user-friendly.

Buy Now

If this post inspired you, share it with others so that they can be inspired too!!

Relevant Articles

Book Review: Time Saver Standards for Architectural Design By Donald Watson and Michael Crosbie (8th Edition)

Book Review: Time Saver Standards for Architectural Design By Donald Watson and Michael Crosbie (8th Edition)

Donald Watson, an architect having a private practice and Michael Crosbie, an architecture journalist, researcher and teacher, together bring out

Architecture Of Emergence by Michael Weinstock- Book Review

Architecture Of Emergence by Michael Weinstock- Book Review

<img alt="" src="https://ir-in.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=planndesign-21&amp;l=li2&amp;o=31&amp;a=0470066334" style="border:none !important; height:1px;

Book Review- Building Construction Metric by W.B. McKay

Book Review- Building Construction Metric by W.B. McKay

W.B.Mckay, a registered architect, a chartered structural engineer and Head of the Department of Building and Structural Engineering at the

Book Review: Barry The Construction Of Buildings

Book Review: Barry The Construction Of Buildings

As the name of the book suggests, it is the whole and a sorted guide to the construction of buildings.

Book Review: History of Architecture by Banister Fletcher

Book Review: History of Architecture by Banister Fletcher

Penned down by Professor Banister Fletcher and later editions by Banister Fletcher (the son), published first in 1896, the Bible

Book Review- Perspective Drawing A Step-by-Step Handbook by Michael E. Helms

Book Review- Perspective Drawing A Step-by-Step Handbook by Michael E. Helms

Perspective in the literal sense means “true understanding of the relative importance of things; a sense of proportion”, and the

Most Viewed Articles

Top Benefits of GATE Architecture You Must Know

Top Benefits of GATE Architecture You Must Know

Have you heard about people telling you to attempt the “GATE” exam while you’re in college? Or just curious about

How do Architectural Forms affect Architectural Design?

How do Architectural Forms affect Architectural Design?

Have you ever wondered how buildings are designed? What might be the thinking process to design such wonderful structures? How

8 Challenges You will Face as Young Architect

8 Challenges You will Face as Young Architect

Young architects face many obstacles as they start out on their career path. Learn about the most common problems and

How to Find the Right Architect for Your Home

How to Find the Right Architect for Your Home

Whether you're looking to build a new house or renovate an old one, hiring an architect is key to making

How to design a bedroom

How to design a bedroom

Bathroom is one of the essential space in a house. The space is used by multiple people but it still

11 Beautiful and Colorful Kitchen Decor Ideas that Looks so Inviting

11 Beautiful and Colorful Kitchen Decor Ideas that Looks so Inviting

The white is the new trend, the most common choice while selecting the <a href="https://www.planndesign.com/blogs/kitchen" target="_blank">kitchen