“Cours d’architecture qui comprend les ordres de Vignole” was written by a French author named Augustin-Charles d’Aviler and published in the year 1691 in Paris. The book is divided into two parties. Where in the first part after an introduction the life of Jacques Barozzio de Vignole, who was a painter and an architect, is being described. Later on in the book the five orders of architecture are being presented. Materials and Construction of the buildings are also an important topic in this book. Aviler makes comments and remarks with reference to some of Vignole’s Bâtiments. There is also a part about Michelangelo’s life and artworks. Next to these we can see beautifully drawn illustrations to have an image accompany the text.
The second part of the book is a dictionary of architectural terms, which should help architects to practice their work. Each word is explained and therefore there is no misunderstanding. The terms are alphabetically structured which makes it easier to find any word you need.
I chose the concept of interaction because the book shows a nice combination of texts and illustrations. This concept appears after the page 68. Until there, the pages only contain text. This concept is important for the reason that the book should be a guide for architects and with this combination of texts and illustrations it is easier for them to understand everything clearer. The text is situated symmatrically in the middle of the page in a two lined frame. At the top of every page the theme of its text is written in capital letters. When there is a new theme the first word always starts with a capital letter. When the page is not completely filled with text it finishes with an Ornament, to fill up the space at the end.
The whole book is meant to be a guide for architects. It describes different kinds of buildings in Aviler’s view but also in the perspective of Michelangelo. This book represents the standard of architecture during that present time. D’Aviler gives practical instructions for the design and construction of buildings. His book contains plans and elevations of a typical house and designs of all architectural details such as doorways, entrances, windows, including even the design of gardens.