CHICAGO.- The Architecture Handbook: A Student Guide to Understanding Buildings has just been published fully relevant, up-to-date and designed to be a college-prep book for students planning an architecture career as well as students looking to learn the fundamentals of both architectural design and technical drawing.
Created by the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) with a private/public/non-profit partnership consortium of architects, Chicago Public School teachers and students, the 400-page textbook connects architecture and design, urban planning, landscape architecture, interior design and structural engineering and construction.
“What an opportunity and what a journey,” said Lynn Osmond, CEO and President of the Chicago Architecture Foundation. “CAF’s mission is to advance public interest and education in architecture and design -- and developing this book has given us the chance to touch so many students with tools for the 21st century workplace.”
Sustainability and green architecture are woven throughout the entire book. A sustainable ‘green’ home serves as the book’s case study, while students also investigate their own home and 10 well-known residential buildings throughout the world. Designed for 10th-11th graders, The Architecture Handbook integrates architecture into academic subjects such as language arts, mathematics, science and other core subjects.
CAF also produced Schoolyards to Skylines: Teaching with Chicago’s Amazing Architecture, the award-winning K-8th grade teacher resource book.
The book is available in the CAF Shop and online through the website. A 600-page teacher edition includes a CD-ROM with more than 60 hands-on activities. For more information, visit www.architecture.org/archhandbook.