Architecture is literally Building with Geometry...

Here is a photograph contributed by my friend Jeff Chester, a professional photographer, taken in Munich, Germany , summer 2010...
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Obviously we have a strong vertical composition in this photograph:
huge columns, many stairs, the enormous building facade,the huge historical lamp-post like a monument and the complementary smaller street lamp-post, etc. And even the focus of our attention, the humanly alive female walking up the central staircase... is a vertical bright softness of life and color, in this otherwise grey dormant weighty overbearing edifice from a bygone era...

And there is a trick in this photograph, (there is always a trick in a Jeff Chester photograph :-) to the observant viewer, upon care-full examination through the majestic columned portico to the building facade background:
which is not really a building, but rather a painted mural ("Trompe L'Oeil") to aesthetically hide the ongoing
'urban renewal' construction directly behind it... :-)

This is a photograph to delve into... time and space and culture...

"The building in the foreground is the Bavarian National Theater in Munich -- home of the Bavarian State Opera

**http://www.bayerische.staatsoper.de/866-ZmxhZz0xJmw9ZW4-~Staatsoper~bso_aktuell~aktuelles.html**

The building with the trompe l'oeil is known as the Residenz -- home of the rulers of Bavaria for 500 years

**http://www.residenz-muenchen.de/englisch/residenc/index.htm**

"The hanging of large murals on the sides of buildings during renovation is quite common here."

Thank you Jeff... for "Edifice Rex"... more photographs are forthcoming for your architectural eye-candy...
to be continued...

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2. The Visual Dictionary of Buildings
another splendid example of a DK Book: Dorling Kindersley, London


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A large format book (12" x 10") exquisitely illustrated "instant access" = totally Student-Friendly Visual History
of Monumental Buildings throughout the ages, labelled with thousands of clearly marked architectural terms.
Each page has a one paragraph introductory text and the rest of the book is hundreds of excellent educational illustrations of building technology and craft.
Packed into a slim 64 pages of no-nonsense Architecture "Eye Candy", this is a "Well-Built" Book...for any Classroom.