Architect Shannon Taylor Scarlett shares concepts and techniques from 18th, 19th, and early 20th century references and guides, exploring the reasons behind what makes some structures beautiful, and others not so much.

In this beautifully simplistic and brief read (111p), the author has created a sort of builder handbook / designs guide which focuses on 25 simple rules for designing beautiful architecture- with the aim to help regain forgotten and abandoned techniques for achieving balance and meaning in architecture, making it aesthetically beautiful.

As a sometimes-home renovator/flipper myself, I have always been drawn to older houses because of their character and charm. What I have always loved is the attention to detail, balance, and craftsmanship, which seem almost entirely lacking in more modern homes. In the book, Shannon Taylor Scarlett presents an almost poetic take on what makes great architecture so great, and so beautiful.

I would suggest that this book is not just for designers and builders, but also artists, anyone interested in architecture, and those who enjoy the charm and character of older homes and structures. A very interesting little book with much to offer.

Rating: 4 stars

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I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.

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