Underpinned by a desire to “awaken a greater appreciation of your built environment”, this elegant anthology from award-winning architect Ike Ijeh showcases the world’s fifty greatest architects, through time, and across the globe. Framed in a compelling relatable context (“Of all art forms, architecture is ultimately a human story, and the most rewarding aspect of unravelling that story and shedding light on those who have made it great is that we learn a little something about ourselves”), Ijeh provides us with engaging biographies of each architect, alongside showstopping photos and illustrated plans of their major creations. Featuring key figures from every major era and movement - among them Hemiunu, creator of the Great Gaza Pyramid, Brunelleschi, the founding father of Renaissance architecture, Sinan, who designed almost 400 buildings in Turkey, Eastern Europe and the Middle East at the peak of the Ottoman Empire, and exceptional present-day practitioners - the author offers insights into why their work may be deemed “great” to create a book that’s both enlightening and beautiful.
Urban character is frequently cited by planners, developers and architects as something they wish to protect and enhance. But little or no effort is ever made to define urban character in specific or quantitative terms. In Designing London, architect and critic Ike Ijeh provides a definitive and comprehensive analysis of London's urban character. He establishes key principles by which the architecture of the capital's streets, buildings and spaces can be designed to enhance the character of the city. He first identifies and analyses the constituent physical, social and environmental ingredients that form London's urban character and reviews the architectural, historic and planning context within which these ingredients operate. Then, through case studies of recent and proposed architectural projects, he discusses examples of how London's character has either been undermined or enhanced. Ultimately, the book emphasises the enormous value of London's unique urban character and encourages greater understanding and awareness of how that character is directly affected by architectural design decisions.