My son has an interest in engineering that started with trains and anything related to Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He may only be nine, but anything to do with bridges and construction has held his interest for some time now. Last half term he was learning about Ancient Egypt and as that’s a great passion of mine, we’ve been watching a series of programmes about the Egyptians and their building methods. I knew he’d enjoy looking at Discovering Architecture by Eduard Altarriba and Berta Bardi I Mila.
The 48 page hardback book Discovering Architecture is aimed at children aged 8 years and over and covers the history of architecture through the ages right up to ideas for the future. It’s published through Button Books.
My son has seen all of books about the Ancient Egyptians and photos I’ve taken on my travels. We’re both still in awe of the pyramid builders and their creations.
He learned about the Romans in Year Three and we’ve visited a number of Roman ruins both at home and abroad over the last few years. In Discovering Architecture the illustrations give children a clear understanding of how structures have been put together across the years and information on inventions such as the thermal baths and aqueducts that we can still see evidence of today.
Domes from around the world are featured including the Pantheon which still stands from the time of the Ancient Greeks through to the Hagia Sophia in Turkey and St Paul’s Cathedral in London. My son has grown up with me always taking photos of buildings, so he’s always asked questions as we’ve visited different places.
As well as learning about different structures, Discovering Architecture also introduces children to the creators of these buildings and how their concepts are still used today.
My son loves anything related to the Industrial Revolution and has seen how mass production has helped design move forward.
The book is full of information and ideas to make children think about what they can see around them. Design is such a fundamental part of our lives without us even realising it.
We always marvel at the buildings in London whenever we visit and my son still talks about our visit up the Shard, and the views across London. He’s seen my photos of the Eiffel Tower and the Petronas Towers and our friend’s photos of Burj Khalifa and the other extraordinary buildings that are constantly being erected in Dubai. One day hopefully he’ll get to see a few of them for himself.
Discovering Architecture is a great addition to our bookshelf and one I can see my son coming back to a lot in the years ahead. I’ve included my Amazon Affiliate link below (I earn from qualifying purchases) for your reference.
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