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What content is available in Bloomsbury Architecture Library?

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.

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Is the content included in Bloomsbury Architecture Library available online anywhere else?

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.

Does the resource cover architecture across countries?

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.

How is ‘architecture’ defined?

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.

What time period is covered?

The entire span of architecture history from pre-history to the present day is covered in the Bloomsbury Architecture Library.

Will the resource be updated?

Content updates will occur twice a year in the Spring and Autumn, adding new books and materials, including:

  • Museum and archive image collections, including 600 images to be added from the National Archive at Kew
  • Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture
  • Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World
  • A Cultural History of Interiors

Who is the resource for?

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.