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The leading source of information for the study of architecture, urbanism, and interior design, Bloomsbury Architecture Library offers access to a carefully curated collection of fully-searchable text and image content.

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Architecture as a cultural force

From unprecedented creative freedom in the 1920s, to the construction boom in the 90s, discover more about this fascinating period of architectural history.

Culture and Nature

In Mesoamerican culture, the border between nature and architecture was nebulous. Learn how architecture was used as a strategy to manifest control of nature.

Temporary Architecture
From industrial ruins to pop up shops

From industrial ruins, to guerrilla gardening and pop-up shops, not all architecture is meant to last forever.


Sir Banister Fletcher's Global History of Architecture, 21st edition

Floor plan of the Hagia Sophia

The 21st edition of this landmark reference work is the first full re-write since Banister Fletcher was alive, with updates by over 100 experts with a global focus, reflecting the latest scholarship in global architecture history.

The new edition covers pre-history to the present day in two volumes, seven parts, and 102 chapters that clearly divide 6,000 years of architecture history with descriptions of major buildings accompanied by over 2,200 photographs, drawings, and building plans including new and original material.

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Cover image of The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design

The platform features scholarly eBooks on architecture, architectural history, theory design, urbanism, landscape, and interiors, including The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design

The collection features leading scholars and books that appeal to all levels, from introductory texts for students, to guides for practising architects and designers.

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Coming spring 2019

World map
  • Building pages with key information about the world's most important buildings all in one place: location, date, architect. description, materials, images, and more
  • A clickable world map linked to building pages and articles, making location-specific research easy
  • An interactive timeline puts architecture history in perspective and provides context for movements, themes, and periods throughout architecture history
  • An essential glossary where students can look up key terms

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