First I wrote down some words, that I thought to stand in connection with the topic of my book: Fortification, attack, defense, warfare, attack, etc.
Next I had planned to type them into Alice and get my results. Easy as that. But I had some trouble figuring Alice out. It took me a while but I eventually got it. I used the “Xenotheka Library” and the “Architecture” and “build” for the topic of conversation in Alice.
Alice showed a lot of different search results, what made it difficult to choose which ones I wanted to look at more closely. There were also a lot of books that weren’t fitting or drifting in a different direction than what I was after. After reading a lot of introducing texts I could finally choose two books to look at even more closely.
The first one I choose was: Kruft, A History of Architectural Theory
In total it’s more about the general history of architecture, but I thought that the specific results that popped up, when I searched for “warfare” and “fortifications” as well, very matching to my original book.
The second one I chose was: Koolhaas, Elements of Architecture
“Building process 1 Construction of foundations (moats/fortifications) 2 Construction of platforms and carving (stone) 3 Construction of main structure (major carpentry) 4 Construction of non structural elements (minor carpentry wood carving, turning and drilling, sawing, bamboo work, tile work, plastering, decorative painting, brickwork, production of tiles and bricks) Flexibility Despite the strict regulations on all wooden structural systems, no restrictions are imposed on building layout and scale control.”
The reason why I choose this one is, because it it written the way my book is illustrated. So the language from one are translatable to the illustrations from the other.