An Uncommon Architectural Pop-up Book: "The Architecture Pack"

(for the full article, click here.)

So I'm wandering through the architecture section of the local Half-Price Books looking for anything cheap and interesting, and I come across the coolest thing: an out-of-print, architectural pop-up book!

The Architecture Pack : A Unique, Three-Dimensional Tour of Architecture over the Centuries : What Architects Do, How They Do It by Ron Van Der Meer and Deyan Sudjic is a delightful mixture of fact and fun. It mixes pop-ups of famous buildings with flip and folds, overlays, action pull-tabs, guide-strings, 3D glasses to see hidden redlines and bluelines, and even includes a kit to put together a house, an audio cassette tape, and a pocket architecture glossary. Though published in 1997, the entire kit seems to have been the inspiration for the later produced Ologies books, such as Pirateology. Each page even has upside-down text that encourages the reader to turn the book around and see With visions of my son flipping the pages in the future, and playing with the interactive parts of the book to learn what daddy does for a living (someday), I gleefully snatched up the book and ran to the counter. When I finally got home to examine it in-depth, I knew I had to snap photos of it and post it on my blog.

(to see the full spread, visit my blog, I Dream of Architecture.)

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Comment by Brandon Safford on June 16, 2009 at 5:56pm
I'm going to have to buy a second one, I think. One for me, one for the boy.
Comment by Alexandra P. on June 16, 2009 at 3:19pm
I have never read that book.
I have to buy it!
Comment by Nadine Bouler on June 12, 2009 at 2:29am
This one is awesome-- a good find!
there's another one out there that covers Frank Gehry's work by Jinny Johnson that I've been eyeing.

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Comment by Maria Hatzigeorgiadou on June 12, 2009 at 1:53am
Wow!! indeed amazing book as Vishal Charles said!!!
i better use my credit card and get one!!

Ps. i have on my coffee table the "101 things i learned in Architecture school" , too.. very good book!
Comment by Brandon Safford on June 11, 2009 at 7:09am
There's a link to it on the blog, but here it is again for your convenience: Amazon's Listings Current prices are:
3 new from $117.36 18 used from $4.66

I love it. It's just outstanding. I wish I had a better photo studio set up so I could get have taken better pictures. Nice to meet you, by the way. Your photos are great! I was flipping through them the other day.

Comment by Vishal Charles on June 11, 2009 at 6:14am
amazing book! I wish I had one :)

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