No Starch Press continues to crank out books geared towards LEGO fans and the next one I have for review is The LEGO Architect by Tom Alphin. This book contains 192 pages and retails for $24.95 and it gives you a history lesson about the different architecture styles throughout the world.
Travel through the history of architecture in The LEGO Architect. You’ll learn about styles like Art Deco, Modernism, and High-Tech, and find inspiration in galleries of LEGO models. Then take your turn building 12 models in a variety of styles. Snap together some bricks and learn architecture the fun way!
The LEGO Architect is separated in to different chapters by type of architecture such as Neoclassica, Modernism, Postmodern, etc. Within each chapter, Tom talks about some of the history for that architecture type with examples of real-life buildings that incorporate it.
Of course this is a LEGO book so Tom also shows off different MOCs that uses the style. To take it a step further, Tom also gives you building instructions with a parts list of each type of architecture he talks about in the book.
At the end of the book, there are some tips and ideas of how to build your own buildings from various builders including Adam Reed Tucker who’s known for being involved with the LEGO Architecture theme.
Overall if you’re starting to get into creating buildings and structures, then The LEGO Architect is a good reference guide to help you start building. The instructions given are very helpful to give you a starting point in which you can improve upon. Again you can pre-order The LEGO Architect over at No Starch or on Amazon. As an incentive from ordering from No Starch, they are doing something new. As you may know when you order a physical copy of the book, you also get a free E-book to go along with it. For those who order a copy, they are giving individuals early access to the book which means you get certain chapters on a given date so you can start reading it before the book is out. Their schedule for it is below:
8/21 – Neoclassical and Prairie
8/28 – Art Deco and Modernism
9/4 – Brutalism
9/11 – Postmodernism
9/18 – High-Tech and Builder’s Guide
9/21 – Publication date