Bloomsbury Architecture Library offers the landmark 21st edition of Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture, published in partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, fully rewritten with updates from over 100 experts, and an expanding range of eBooks, covering architecture, architectural history, theory, design, urbanism, landscape, and interiors (42 available at launch). The platform also includes building pages, a world map, a time line and a glossary that contains over 900 key architectural terms.
Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture 21st edition and a majority of the eBooks on the platform are available online exclusively in Bloomsbury Architecture Library. A limited number of eBooks in the resource are available on Bloomsbury Design Library.
The resource offers unrivalled coverage of all aspects of architecture from almost every country in the world. Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture is an acclaimed resource with unmistakable illustrations and new color photographs. The 21st edition has been entirely rewritten with a global focus, reflecting the latest scholarship in global architecture history.
Bloomsbury Architecture Library features a wide selection of works on architecture and related disciplines including urbanism, landscape, and interiors. It approaches the subject through architectural history and theory, connecting to contemporary design practice and the best current thinking about the issues that matter including: global perspectives, politics, sustainability, and the future of architectural design.
The entire span of architecture history from pre-history to the present day is covered in the Bloomsbury Architecture Library.
Content updates will occur twice a year in the Spring and Autumn, adding new books and materials, including:
Bloomsbury Architecture Library is an invaluable resource for students, scholars, researchers, and professionals in the fields of architecture, architecture history, art history, interior design, urban studies, and landscape architecture.
There are multiple ways of navigating the content:
Yes! It’s quick and easy for any authenticated user to set up a personal account to save books, chapters, images or other items to view later, organize saved items into folders, email and export citations, save searches and set up search alerts.
Follow the link in the header to ‘Sign in to your personal account’: you then have the option to sign in using Google Plus, Facebook or Twitter, or to select ‘Sign up now’ and enter a few personal details (name, occupation, country, email address and password) to create a Personal Account.
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Yes, if your institution has set up a link resolver, you can follow links from the bibliographies of full-text books to find copies of the referenced works in your library catalogue or other resources to which your library subscribes.
Bloomsbury Architecture Library is available by annual subscription to institutions, including universities, colleges, schools and public libraries.
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