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An illustrated book for children and hobbyists who wish to learn through play about residential architecture with toy bricks.

PLAY LEGO® = LEARN ARCHITECTURE

What Type Of Project Is This?  Book > Hobby > Children > How To

Subject?  Archiecture > LEGO® > Model Building

Project Goal?  Publish An Inspirational Instruction Book That Teaches Children & Hobbyists Residential Architectural Styles Using LEGO®

Purpose Of The Book?  The models are intended to inspire, teach and demonstrate brick building techniques while learning about residential design. The book will provide directions with text, illustrations and photos on how to build 21 different LEGO® houses.  Each model will have a brief description of its architectural style giving specific references as to how the bricks are interpreted for that style.

Structure Of The Book?  An introduction will be followed by a chapter on how to use the book and another one on building techniques.  Thereafter, each chapter will be one model.  The 21 models will be divided into 3 sections of ascending complexity; snug, nice and grand.  Each model will be a different style of architecture interpreted through the bricks.  I also intend to include a glossary, index and web links to related sites.

About This Project

Last fall I received a LEGO® architectural model as a birthday gift.  Though I had not touched my collection of bricks in decades, this gift sparked a shelved curiosity from my formative childhood years.  I realized those bricks of mine had rested in a plastic tub in the back of the closet following me from one house to another...but why?  So, I began to play in the evenings and discovered that my career had enriched my creative ability so that I could sculpt joyful interpretations of architectural styles that I thought might interest others.

Considering a book of these models, I assembled notes on the idea.  My concept quickly and effortlessly evolved into a realistic manual that I found useful for instruction as well as education, play and inspiration.

With my concept solidified, I created 21 models in my architectural modeling software that can be built with the bricks, and outlined the text for the book.  I investigated self-publication and now, I would like to make this project a reality to share with other enthusiasts.

And there are enthusiasts!  This was another encouraging and motivational factor of this project.  If one searches the Internet, they can find fan clubs, conventions, web sites, and places to buy and sell bricks in many places around the world.  LEGO® is reported to be doing very well throughout their international retailing.  There are theme parks in California, Florida, the UK, Germany as well as Denmark, which is the home of the famous company.

With the support of the Kickstarter community, I can complete my book and possibly create sequels, i.e. Another 21 You Can Build...  While I have a good portion developed, there are many illustrations and some photos that will be needed.  Editing is another cost.  It is my hope that there are enough fans willing to contribute and in return, become one of the first to own a copy. 

I hope that my passion and love for this subject demonstrates my sincerity.  If Kickstarter funding is successful, publication is definite and not far away.  Rewards will be honored quickly and I will be encouraged to continue this work as a series of books with a blog, website and specific building instructions.

I am a fortunate person indeed.  This project can allow me to return some of the knowledge and passion I have obtained through my journey.

Cheers,

Corley Randel

Here is a list of styles to be covered in the book:

  • National
  • International
  • Spanish Colonial
  • French Colonial
  • French Eclectic
  • Colonial Revival
  • Queen Anne
  • Mediterranean
  • Modern Ranch
  • Mid-Century Modern
  • Craftsman
  • Shingle
  • Mansard French
  • Tudor
  • Classical Revival
  • Georgian
  • Adam
  • Dutch Colonial
  • Monterrey
  • Prairie
  • Spanish Eclectic

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and Knob configurations and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this book.

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