Best Books – Traditional Architecture

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Traditional Architecture subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Traditional Architecture along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Traditional Architecture subject and came out with a recommended list of top 10 best books. The table below contains the Name of these best books, their authors, publishers and an unbiased review of books on "Traditional Architecture" as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these top books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

1. “Himalayan Traditional Architecture: with Special Reference to the Western Himalayan Region” by O C Handa

“Himalayan Traditional Architecture: with Special Reference to the Western Himalayan Region ” Book Review: The book consists of a lot of travelling and fieldwork in the Himalayan interiors. The book aims to give a kaleidoscopic view of the archaeological and architectural wealth of the region. The book is divided into two volumes. The book discusses the study of Buddhist Monasteries, Forts & Castles and Traditional Houses of the Himalayan region. It talks about some of the important Buddhist monasteries of Ladakh, Lahul & Spiti and Kinnaur in the trans-Himalayan region. It then discusses important forts and castles of the Himalayan region. It also tells about the traditional house.

2. “Concepts of Space In Traditional Indian Architecture” by Yatin Pandya
3. “Architecture of Bali: A Source Book of Traditional and Modern Forms (Latitude 20 Books (Hardcover))” by Made Wijaya

“Architecture of Bali: A Source Book of Traditional and Modern Forms (Latitude 20 Books (Hardcover))” Book Review: The book aims to give a visual study of Balinese architecture: its origins, elements, variations, and vagaries. The book starts with an overview of Balinese architecture and then looks at its basic elements–the walled courtyard and the pavilion. It then examines building materials, ornamentation, and architectural hybrids resulting from other ethnic influences. The book contains photographs from internationally acclaimed artists. The book is intended for people who are interested in ethnic architecture. It is also intended for designers.

4. “Masterpieces of Traditional Indian Architecture” by Satish Grover

“Masterpieces of Traditional Indian Architecture” Book Review: The book aims to give a rich insight into India’s heritage and architecture. The book is informative as well as reader friendly. It focuses on aspects of Indian aesthetics, principles of engineering, history and the philosophic idea that impart to Indian architecture is grandeur and majesty. The book tells about the evolution of architectural forms and their usage over centuries. It explains how different cultures, religions and people have contributed in the making of distinctive styles.

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5. “What is Japanese Architecture?: A Survey of Traditional Japanese Architecture” by Kazuo Nishi and Kazuo Hozumi

“What is Japanese Architecture?: A Survey of Traditional Japanese Architecture” Book Review: The book tells about Construction, design, carpentry, and the background of Japanese architecture, from prehistory to mid-nineteenth century. It has more than 300 drawings which clarifies the essentials. The book has four parts which explains religious structures, residences, castles, and places of entertainment. It tells how the field of architecture has evolved over the centuries. It also tells the historical conditions and people who were responsible for the changes. The book is intended for architects, designers, historians, carpenters, movie buffs, tourists, garden designers.

6. “Greek Traditional Architectural Volume 3: Crete (Greek Traditional Architecture)” by Dimitris Philippidis

“Greek Traditional Architectural Volume 3: Crete (Greek Traditional Architecture)” Book Review: The book aims to unify medical and modern Greece(15th and 20th century). It aims to give a valuable point of reference in the modern Greek identity. It aims to give a complete picture of traditional architecture. It contributes to the understanding, appreciation and preservation of the architectural wealth of Greece. It has color photographs of exteriors and interiors, original drawings of traditional neighborhoods and houses reflect the wealth of architecture all over Greece. The book covers Rhodes, Patmos, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Leros, Astypalaia and Crete.

7. “Greek Traditional Architecture: Cyclades v. 2” by Dimitri Phillippides

“Greek Traditional Architecture: Cyclades v. 2” Book Review: The book aims to unify medical and modern Greece(15th and 20th century). It aims to give a valuable point of reference in the modern Greek identity. It aims to give a complete picture of traditional architecture. It contributes to the understanding, appreciation and preservation of the architectural wealth of Greece. It has color photographs of exteriors and interiors, original drawings of traditional neighborhoods and houses reflect the wealth of architecture all over Greece. The book covers Andros, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Sifnos, Syros, Tzia (Kea) and Tinos.

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8. “Elliniki Paradosiaki Architektoniki: Thessalia-epiros: 6 (Greek Traditional Architecture)” by Dimitris Philippidis

“Elliniki Paradosiaki Architektoniki: Thessalia-epiros: 6 (Greek Traditional Architecture)” Book Review: The book aims to unify medical and modern Greece(15th and 20th century). It aims to give a valuable point of reference in the modern Greek identity. It aims to give a complete picture of traditional architecture. It contributes to the understanding, appreciation and preservation of the architectural wealth of Greece. It has color photographs of exteriors and interiors, original drawings of traditional neighborhoods and houses reflect the wealth of architecture all over Greece. The book covers Pelion, Ambelakia, Trikala, Metsovo, Yiannina and Zagori.

9. “Stone in Traditional Architecture” by David Campbell

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“Stone in Traditional Architecture” Book Review: The book gives an overview of traditional stone architecture that graces the landscapes of many nations. It has over 350 color photos which show buildings ranging from simple stone homes and practical farm buildings to imposing town halls and vaulting cathedrals. The book explains the history, styles, and techniques of the stone cutters’ and masons’ arts. It also has a practical handbook which teaches the crafts of masonry and stone cutting. The book is intended for builders, art historians, and everyone with a passion for stone structures.

10. “Traditional Architecture: Timeless Building for the Twenty-First Century” by HRH The Prince of Wales and Alireza Sagharchi
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