The Irish Book of Architecture is a fascinating book, but it’s not exactly a recipe book, says architect Richard Leinster.
He believes that its main purpose is to help students and researchers understand architecture.
“Architecture, the discipline, is a really good example of an area of study where the idea of the ‘student’ is really really missing,” says Mr Leinsters.
“There are a lot of very smart people in the field and the people who are really doing the work in that area have to be very engaged with the work.”
They have to understand the structure and the structure of the structure, and they have to recognise the way in which it is designed and the design elements.
“It is not necessarily the best way of doing the design, but the students who are involved are very engaged, and it is something that really helps them understand the work that they are doing.”
For Mr Leinesters, one of the main benefits of the book is that it allows him to work from his own experience.
“I think that the main idea is that we do not understand the nature of the architecture, we don’t understand the materials, we do a good job of getting into the construction process,” he says.
“The book is very much a way of coming out of the experience that I have had in architecture, in building, in my own work.”
Architects and designers will benefit from the book, as it provides a comprehensive overview of architecture, and the various disciplines that comprise it.
It also gives a detailed overview of the history of architecture and the field of architecture.
Its cover art depicts the various components of the work, which can include a stone work, a timber frame, an arched roof or an integrated staircase.
“What is interesting is that this book is a book that’s been translated into a number of languages, so we’ve got all these different languages in there,” Mr Leenster says.
The book has been translated from English to French, Spanish, German and Italian.
“And it’s been written in a style that’s very accessible and very accessible to the layperson, to the casual reader,” he adds.
“A lot of people have never seen it before and it’s something that’s probably been around for a long time.”
Archive of Architecture from the Archives of Ireland: The Dublin Design Library is published by OUP.