For my research I wanted to concentrate on the structure of the book more than a similar content. An added difficulty was that the book ‘vocabularium architecturae aedificatoriae’ covers almost every architectural topic – since it is a dictionary.
For these reasons I mostly searched for different ‘vocabulariums’ and lexicons/dictionaries instead of specific topics. In my research I stumbled upon various books from different centuries and containing many different topics and spezifications.
My search started with the topic of conversation set on dictionary and the keyword being architecture. With this and various bodies I landed on thousands of results.
To my surprise I couldn’t find my own book with Alice. Nonetheless I encountered some very interesting books:
Koolhaas, Elements of Architecture
A dictionary of architecture and Landscape Architecture. I found this book by searching the topic of dictionary, body of the xenotheka library and the keyword find architecture.
Contrary to the ‘Vocabularium architecturae aedificatoriae’ this book contains a huge number of explanatory graphics. Its order is completely different from Carlo d’Aquino’s but interestingly they have a very similar content. Of course, it is heavily impacted by the time it was written in, but the basic keywords and topics are all discussed.
I also chose this book because I believe it has a similar usage and impact on the society and reader. Because of its weight and its extensive contents, it’s whether very easily read nor particularly handy. But the importance of its content is undeniable non the less.
Leatherbarrow Eisenschmidt, Twentieth Century Architecture
In his book about the twentieth century architecture, Eisemschmidt studies buildings designed by architects practicing at the beginning of the 20. Century.
Like the unraveling in the 17. Century, there was a big change in society, and therefore influenced how architecture engages with the world. This change created a hugh amount of new words, many of whom are mentioned and described in this book. Even though the two books (vocabularium… , twentieth century architecture) cover comparable topics, its written form differs strongly. Where the book from Carlo d’Aquino describes single words, this newer book is written as a full essay.
Both chosen books were found multiple times with various keywords and bodies. Whether I searched for architecture, construction, or concrete keywords such as ‘labyrintha’, these books were recommended to me by Alice every single time.