Thursday, October 31, 2013

Architecture as Experience - Radical Change in Spatial Practice


Architecture as Experience - Radical Change in Spatial Practice
Dana Arnold & Andrew Ballantyne

Architecture as Experience investigates the perception and appropriation of places across intervals of time and culture. The particular concern of the volume is to bring together fresh empirical research and animate it through contact with theoretical sophistication, without overwhelming the material.

The chapters establish the continuity of a particular physical object and show it in at least two alternative historical perspectives, in which recognisable features are shown in different lights. The results are often surprising, inverting the common idea of a historic place as having an enduring meaning. This book shows the insight that can be gained from learning about earlier constructions of meaning which have been derived from the same buildings that stand before us today.


Architectural Theory - An Anthology from Vitruvius to 1870


Architectural Theory - An Anthology from Vitruvius to 1870
Harry Francis Mallgrave

Architectural Theory: Vitruvius to 1870 is a landmark anthology that surveys the development of the field of architecture from its earliest days to the year 1870. The first truly comprehensive anthology that brings together the classic essays in the field, the volume chronicles the major developments and trends in architecture from Vitruvius to Gottfried Semper. 


Domus - projets


Domus - projets

TASCHEN’s twelve-volume reprint features selected highlights from the years 1928 to 1999.

Reproducing the pages as they originally appeared, each volume is packed with articles that bring to light the incredible history of modern design and architecture. A truly comprehensive lexicon of styles and movements, the volumes are accompanied by specially commissioned introductory texts that not only outline the history of the magazine but also describe what was happening in design and architecture during each era covered.

These texts have been written by many of the magazine’s renowned past editors: Mario Bellini, François Burkhardt, Cesare Maria Casati, Stefano Casciani, Germano Celant, Manolo De Giorgi, Fulvio Irace, Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Alessandro Mendini, Lisa Licitra Ponti, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Luigi Spinelli, and Deyan Sudjic.

The volumes have also been thoroughly indexed, allowing the reader easy access to key articles —many of which have been translated into English for the first time.

Taschen's DOMUS collection is a major publishing achievement and an important must-have for all design and architecture teaching institutions, practicing architects, designers, collectors, students, and anyone who loves design.

Domus - design


Domus - design

TASCHEN’s twelve-volume reprint features selected highlights from the years 1928 to 1999.

Reproducing the pages as they originally appeared, each volume is packed with articles that bring to light the incredible history of modern design and architecture. A truly comprehensive lexicon of styles and movements, the volumes are accompanied by specially commissioned introductory texts that not only outline the history of the magazine but also describe what was happening in design and architecture during each era covered.

These texts have been written by many of the magazine’s renowned past editors: Mario Bellini, François Burkhardt, Cesare Maria Casati, Stefano Casciani, Germano Celant, Manolo De Giorgi, Fulvio Irace, Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Alessandro Mendini, Lisa Licitra Ponti, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Luigi Spinelli, and Deyan Sudjic.

The volumes have also been thoroughly indexed, allowing the reader easy access to key articles —many of which have been translated into English for the first time.

Taschen's DOMUS collection is a major publishing achievement and an important must-have for all design and architecture teaching institutions, practicing architects, designers, collectors, students, and anyone who loves design.

Domus - architecture


Domus - architecture

TASCHEN’s twelve-volume reprint features selected highlights from the years 1928 to 1999.

Reproducing the pages as they originally appeared, each volume is packed with articles that bring to light the incredible history of modern design and architecture. A truly comprehensive lexicon of styles and movements, the volumes are accompanied by specially commissioned introductory texts that not only outline the history of the magazine but also describe what was happening in design and architecture during each era covered.

These texts have been written by many of the magazine’s renowned past editors: Mario Bellini, François Burkhardt, Cesare Maria Casati, Stefano Casciani, Germano Celant, Manolo De Giorgi, Fulvio Irace, Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Alessandro Mendini, Lisa Licitra Ponti, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Luigi Spinelli, and Deyan Sudjic.

The volumes have also been thoroughly indexed, allowing the reader easy access to key articles —many of which have been translated into English for the first time.

Taschen's DOMUS collection is a major publishing achievement and an important must-have for all design and architecture teaching institutions, practicing architects, designers, collectors, students, and anyone who loves design.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Home Repair Handbook


Home Repair Handbook


Building Surveys


Building Surveys
By Peter Glover

since the first edition was published in 1983, Building Surveys has been the core text in its field for students and professionals alike. Covering everything needed for initial inspections such as equipment, know-how and procedures to writing an accurate report, this book is a proven indispensable guide.

This 6th edition has been updated to include changes in legislation and recent court cases, and highlights new concerns such as asbestos, contamination and energy efficiency in buildings. The book also contains details on the recently introduced Home Condition Report.

It considers all the structural elements required when surveying a property for example, foundations, walls and roofs as well as what to look out for and how to deal with it. Legal considerations and recent cases are used to illustrate good working practice making this a comprehensive text to this important subject.

  • * Based on real-life experience of professional surveyors
  • * Covers knowledge, techniques and equipment needed to inspect and report on a range of properties
  • * Legal and regulatory requirements fully updated and explained
  • including details on the Home Condition Report.



Building Maintenance Management


Building Maintenance Management
By Barrie Chanter, Peter Swallow
Blackwell | 2007-09-04 | 336 pages | pdf | 2 mb

This new edition of an informative and accessible book guides building surveyors and facilities managers through the key aspects of property maintenance and continues to be of value to both students and practitioners.

With the increasing cost of new-build, effective maintenance of existing building stock is becoming ever more important and building maintenance work now represents nearly half of total construction output in the UK.

Building Maintenance Management provides a comprehensive profile of the many aspects of property maintenance. This second edition has been updated throughout, with sections on outsourcing; maintenance planning; benchmarking and KPIs; and current trends in procurement routes (including partnering and the growth of PFI) integrated into the text. There is also a new chapter on the changing context within which maintenance is carried out, largely concerned with its relationship to facilities management. More coverage is given of maintenance organisations and there are major updates to relevant aspects of health and safety and to contract forms 

visual dictionary - architecture


visual dictionary - architecture


Dictionnaire d'architecture


Dictionnaire d'architecture

Conçu comme un guide pratique à l'usage des amateurs comme des professionnels, ce lexique s'attache à définir les principaux termes de l'architecture, depuis l'antiquité jusqu'à nos jours. A l'aide d'environ 600 entrées et de plus d'une centaine de figures, les auteurs se proposent de vous donner des clefs de lecture pour identifier et repérer les éléments de l'architecture.

Grâce à ses nombreuses illustrations qui concernent l'architecture fortifiée, religieuse, civile, mais aussi la charpente, la maçonnerie, le vitrail, etc., le dictionnaire d'architecture vous permettra de mieux connaître l'architecture et d'apprécier la richesse de ses compositions. Dans vos visites d'édifices ou dans vos lectures, cet ouvrage facile d'utilisation vous sera d'une aide précieuse.


Encyclopedia of 20th Century Architecture: Volume 1, A-F


Encyclopedia of 20th Century Architecture: Volume 1, A-F 
R.Stephen Sennott


Dictionary of Landscape Architecture & Construction


Dictionary of Landscape Architecture & Construction
Alan Jay Christensen

In an industry that involves the skills, expertise, and labor of a wide-range of professionals and workers, good communications become crucial, and a common vocabulary is key to successful projects. Many of the terms used in landscape architecture, land planning, environmental planning, and landscape construction are unavailable, or so new, or industry-specific that they can’t be found in conventional dictionaries. This unique resource delivers definitions as well as how-to information via details and photos, going above and beyond the scope of a typical professional dictionary. With straightforward definitions and clear illustrations on each page, everyone from architects, designers, and contractors through grounds maintenance workers will benefit from this important resource. In addition, an appendix with labeled construction details will illustrate not just what a term means, but also how it’s applied in the profession.


Dictionary of Architecture and Building Technology


Dictionary of Architecture and Building Technology
Henry J.Cowan and Peter R.Smith

The Dictionary of Architectural and Building  Technology  is  a  comprehensive summary of vocabulary used
across  the  building  industry,  from the preparation of the brief through architectural and technical design and documentation, to construction technology and facilities management.


ARCHISPEAK : An illustrated guide to architectural terms


ARCHISPEAK : An illustrated guide to architectural terms
TOM PORTER

Widely used in architectural circles in the heat of discussion, the recurrent use of particular words and terms has evolved into a language of design jargon. Commonly found in architectural literature and journalism, in critical design debate and especially in student project reviews, Archispeak can seem insular and perplexing to others and -- particularly to the new architectural student -- often incomprehensible.

There is a need to translate architectural design concepts into spoken and written commentary -- each word in use embodying a precise and universally accepted architectural meaning. If we explore the vocabulary of this language we gain insight into good design practice and into collective understanding of what constitutes a refined architecture. This unique illustrated guide will help students understand the nuances of this specialized language and help them in communicating their own design ideas.


The Lit Interior


The Lit Interior 
by William J. Fielder

Presents an organised, comprehensive and easy to understand overview of the lighting design process. It covers every topic from the nature of light itself, through selecting the correct equipment, to preparing project plans and the finished design documents.

Using a dummy example the student is taken through an entire project step by step where the full range of alternatives and design processes are illustrated. The easy to read conversational tone makes the novice feel at home with complex technical concepts and provides an excellent introduction to all newcomers to the subject. The book is ideal for those working in architecture, electrical engineering and interior design who will one day design lighting systems for others to build.


Lighting Modern Buildings


Lighting Modern Buildings
Derek Phillips

This is an important book, written by one of the top lighting designers in the country. Written at the end of a career as an architect and lighting designer, the book draws on the experience gained while living through a period of intense lighting development, from 1956 up to the millenium. It bridges the gap between the present day architect and lighting engineer, from the viewpoint of the 'independent lighting designer'.

'Lighting Modern Buildings' documents the part played by the independent lighting designer, leading to a greater understanding by architects and lighting engineers of the importance of lighting in architectural design. 

The book starts with an exploration of the basic human needs of vision and the perception of our exterior world...the intellectual and the physical...since this is what lighting is all about. To do this, it is necessary to trace the development of daylight from earliest times up to the present day; the starting point for any lighting design is the 'natural' source.

Whilst an essential understanding of the role of daylight is the beginning, a knowledge of the various forms and properties of artificial light is essential; not only at night but during the day. In early buildings, there was one form of light - daylight - during the day and another - artificial - at night. No attempt was made to integrate the two. The situation today is different; there are many reasons for this, not least in the possibilities of modern structure. The book therefore has extensive coverage of day and night lighting and how it is designed to provide optimum solutions in building design.

A major portion of Derek Phillips' book is devoted to 'design'. Sufficient technical detail is provided in the book to permit an understanding of the design principles of each scheme. Schemes illustrated vary from small domestic buildings, churches and workplace, to those devoted to leisure and sport. At the end of each section a series of conclusions are drawn leading to a philosophy of lighting design. 

  • * Learn how to design optimum lighting solutions
  • * Understand how to bridge the gap between architects and lighting engineers
  • * Discover how to integrate natural and artificial light sources



Monday, October 28, 2013

Daylighting - Natural Light in Architecture


Daylighting - Natural Light in Architecture
Derek Phillips

Daylighting offers a general theory and introduction to the use of natural light in architecture.

The fourth of Derek Phillip's lighting books draws on his experience to illustrate how best to bring natural light into building design. As sustainability becomes a core principal for designers, daylighting comes to the fore as an alternative to artificial, energy consuming, light. Here, Phillips makes a rational argument for considering daylight first, outlining the arguments in favour of a daylight approach, and goes on to show, through a series of
beautifully illustrated case studies, how architects have created buildings in which natural light has been shown to play a major strategic role in the development of the design of a building.

  • * Learn how to incorporate daylight into a wide range of building design types
  • * Be informed about the most 'sustainable' of lighting techniques
  • * International case studies including examples from the UK, Hong Kong and USA inspire the reader and illustrate best practice



Waterfronts in Post-Industrial Cities


Waterfronts in Post-Industrial Cities
By R. Marshall
Taylor & Francis | 2001-11-09 | 224 pages | pdf | 10 Mb


Four themes form the basis of this book and provide a structure for considering particular aspects of waterfront redevelopment-connection to the waterfront, remaking the city image on the waterfront, port and city relations, and the new waterfronts in historic cities. Broad issues that might be applicable to a variety of situations are dealt with alongside specific city case studies. 


Visualization in Landscape and Environmental Planning


Visualization in Landscape and Environmental Planning :
Technology and Applications 
Edited by Ian D.Bishop and Eckart Lange

This major reference presents the challenges, issues and directions of computer-based visualisation of the natural and built environment and the role of such visualization in landscape and environmental planning. It offers uniquely a systematic approach to the potential of visualization and the writers are acknowledged experts in thier field of specialisation. Case studies are presented to illustrate many aspects of landscape management including forestry, agriculture, ecology, mining and urban development. 


Urban Design Street and Square, Third Edition


Urban Design Street and Square, Third Edition
Cliff Moughtin

This book, part of a series of four, offers a detailed analysis of urban design, covering the streets, squares and buildings that make up the public face of towns and cities. It outlines the theory of the principal features of urban design from which method is developed and provides a better understanding of the main elements of urban design. This includes the arrangement, design and details of the streets and squares, and the roles they play in city planning.

This third edition includes chapters on "Sustainable Urban Design" and "Visual Analysis", introducing the latest theories and influences in the field and bringing greater practical significance to the book. Cliff Moughtin explores the street and square in terms of function, structure and symbolism and examines fine examples in their historical context. These are set against the background of the laws of urban design composition, culled from Renaissance and modern writers.

* Gain an understanding of the detail of urban design from towns and buildings to squares and streets
* Learn from examples in their historical context and see the evolution of urban design
* New case studies help relate theory to practice 


Urban Design Ornament and Decoration, Second Edition


Urban Design Ornament and Decoration, Second Edition
Cliff Moughtin,Taner Oc and Steven Tiesdell


'Urban Design: Ornament and Decoration' focuses on decorating the city and how ornament has been used to bring delight to the urban scene.

The authors show how the pattern and distribution of street and square and other major elements in the city can be enhanced by the judicious use of decorative surface treatment and by the careful placing of hard and soft landscape features.

This second edition, updated by Cliff Moughtin and now available in paperback, includes a new chapter on mud architecture. Case studies of city decoration are also outlined to bring together the ideas discussed and to show how ornament and decoration can be used to emphasize the five components of city form: the path, the node, the edge, the landmark and the district.

  • *Generously illustrated with case studies
  • *New chapter on mud architecture
  • *Part of the successful Cliff Moughtin urban design series 

Urban Design Green Dimensions, Second Edition


Urban Design Green Dimensions, Second Edition
Cliff Moughtin, Peter Shirley

This book explores sustainable development and green design in relation to urban structure and built form.

The subject matter of this book is the pattern or structure of the city: it concentrates particularly on the organisation of the public realm. The book aims to relate the main component of urban design to a general theory or urban structuring with a strong design emphasis but within the general field of sustainable city development. Any discussion of urban design that does not address environmental issues has little meaning at a time of declining resources, ozone layer destruction and fears of the greenhouse effect. The book therefore discusses built form, street block, quarter, city centres and city structure in terms of energy conservation and sustainability.

This book will be valuable in raising awareness and generating debate as well as providing useful reference material. It not only observes and documents the roots and growth of green design but will influence design, transport and policy for the future.

Urban Design : A typology of Procedures and Products


Urban Design : A typology of Procedures and Products
Illustrated with over 50 Case Studies.
Jon Lang


Urban Design the American Experience Jon Lang Urban Design: The American Experience places social and environmental concerns within the context of American history. It returns the focus of urban design to the creation of a better world. It evaluates the efforts of designers who apply knowledge about the environment and people to the creation of livable, enjoyable, and even inspiring built worlds. Urban Design: The American Experience emphasizes that urban design must take a user-oriented approach to achieve a higher quality of life in human settlements. All the keys to this approach are spelled out in chapters that address:

  •     * Urban design as both a product and process of communal decision-making
  •     * Types of knowledge required as a base for urban design action
  •     * How to apply recent environmental and behavioral research to professional design
  •     * How human needs are fulfilled through design
  •     * The true role of functionalism in design

Urban design efforts of the twentieth century in the United States are examined within their socio-political context. Jon Lang reviews the urban design experience from the beginning of the "City Beautiful" movement, paying particular attention to developments since World War II. He explores how the twentieth-century city has developed, as well as discusses the attitudes that have driven major movements in urban design. Readers learn a neo-Modernist approach that builds on the successes and failures of Rationalism and Empiricism, the two major streams of Modernist thought in architecture and urban design. They also gain an understanding of how the environment is experienced by people, and the implications of this experiencing for architectural and urban design. Numerous illustrations throughout demonstrate how various design schemes can be used. Urban Design: The American Experience provides architects, designers, city planners, and students in these fields with a model for their own future development as professionals. It is a valuable guide to design methodology (procedural theory) and other issues related to creating optimal urban environments.


Urban Design - Method and Techniques


Urban Design - Method and Techniques
Cliff Moughtin, Rafael Cuesta, Christine Sarris and Paola Signoretta.

This book deals with a wide range of techniques used in the urban design process. It is invaluable for architecture, planning, landscape and surveying students and will also help professionals in the day to day practice.

A method of urban design is developed which has sustainability and environmental protection at the centre of its philosophy. Previously, literature regarding the urban design method has been almost totally neglected; this book introduces the topic to the reader. 


Transport Terminals and Modal Interchanges : Planning and Design


Transport Terminals and Modal Interchanges : Planning and Design
Christopher Blow

This is the first book to review a trend in transport systems which has only recently come of age: the multi-modal interchange. Separate modes of transport are being linked through 'joined-up thinking', and transport designers and authorities are only now able to exploit interchange opportunities. This book presents examples of how these new opportunities have been planned and designed, and outlines how transfer and mobility can be improved in the future.

Blow takes the airport as the focal point of true multi-modal passenger terminals and presents the development of these buildings as representing a new experience in travel. The book shows that the success of the experience of transferring from one mode of transport to another depends on the many factors, including congestion in an already overloaded system, and the way that designers and managers have addressed contingency planning. International examples are drawn from areas where mobility is most concentrated and the demands on design are at their highest. The book also addresses important issues of rebuilding and redevelopment, where once separate modes of transport are being linked to each other, and where short-term inconveniences rectify past wrongs in the long term. It is a compendium of architectural and engineering achievement.

  • * First book of its kind gives you essential information on multi-modal terminals
  • * International relevance illustrated though case studies from the UK, Europe, North America, Australasia and the Far East
  • * Understand how 'joined-up thinking' is applied on a large scale


The New Landscape - Urbanisation in the Third World


The New Landscape - Urbanisation in the Third World
Charles Correa


Rethinking Urban Parks: Public Space and Cultural Diversity


Rethinking Urban Parks: Public Space and Cultural Diversity 
Setha Low , Dana Taplin , Suzanne Scheld 

Urban parks such as New York City's Central Park provide vital public spaces where city dwellers of all races and classes can mingle safely while enjoying a variety of recreations. By coming together in these relaxed settings, different groups become comfortable with each other, thereby strengthening their communities and the democratic fabric of society. But just the opposite happens when, by design or in ignorance, parks are made inhospitable to certain groups of people.

This pathfinding book argues that cultural diversity should be a key goal in designing and maintaining urban parks. Using case studies of New York City's Prospect Park, Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park, and Jacob Riis Park in the Gateway National Recreation Area, as well as New York's Ellis Island Bridge Proposal and Philadelphia's Independence National Historical Park, the authors identify specific ways to promote, maintain, and manage cultural diversity in urban parks. They also uncover the factors that can limit park use, including historical interpretive materials that ignore the contributions of different ethnic groups, high entrance or access fees, park usage rules that restrict ethnic activities, and park "restorations" that focus only on historical or aesthetic values. With the wealth of data in this book, urban planners, park professionals, and all concerned citizens will have the tools to create and maintain public parks that serve the needs and interests of all the public.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Professional Practice for Landscape Architects


Professional Practice for Landscape Architects
Second edition
Nicola Garmory, Rachel Tennant and Clare Winsch


Planning Middle Eastern Cities


Planning Middle Eastern Cities 
An urban kaleidoscope in a globalizing world 
Yasser Elsheshtawy

How did colonial influences change the urban form of the Arab capitals? The author here poses - and answers - many questions on globalisation and the Middle East. 


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Step-by-step Landscaping


Step-by-step Landscaping

This book walks you through the processes of landscaping, from planning to installation, in a very readable, understandable and enjoyable manner. As a landscape designer, I'm always searching for references of any type to use when creating quot;yard spacesquot; and presenting those ideas to my customers. With books, I'm usually disappointed either with the graphic and/or written content regarding the details of landscaping, particularly those publications sold at the Home Depots et al. This was different. Technical to the point that's necessary and not too quot;floweryquot; in it's narrative, it just provides well written ideas and executions for many landscaping tasks. 


Introduction to Residential Layout


Introduction to Residential Layout


Environment & Landscape 1-4


Environment & Landscape 1
English, Korean
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Environment & Landscape 2
English, Korean
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Environment & Landscape 3
English, Korean
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Environment & Landscape 4
English, Korean
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The Cohousing Handbook


The Cohousing Handbook
by Chris ScottHanson , Kelly ScottHanson

Cohousing offers an end to the isolation of the single-family suburban home. Balancing community and personal privacy, cohousing is a chance to create a modern village in an urban or rural setting. Residents own their own homes and can gather in common areas to share meals and socialize. An increasingly popular form of housing in both Europe and North America, cohousing addresses and alleviates many of the demands and pressures of modern life-everything from day care to aging at home is easier with the help of your neighbors.

As pioneers in the development of cohousing in North America, Chris and Kelly ScottHanson offer individuals and new groups a wealth of information and practical hints on how the process works. The Cohousing Handbook covers every element that goes into the creation of a cohousing project, including group processes, land acquisition, finance and budgets, construction, development professionals, design considerations, permits, approvals and membership. This revised and updated edition includes an expanded marketing chapter, as well as a foreword by Gifford Pinchot.

A source of comfort and inspiration for those who want to create their ideal community, The Cohousing Handbook is a groundbreaking and practical guide to building a better society one neighborhood at a time-a must-have for the growing number of people who want to create a cohousing community.


Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems: Principles and Practices


Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems : Principles and Practices 
By Peter Newman, Isabella Jennings
Publisher: Island Press | 2008 | PDF | 296 pages | 2,9 mb

Modern city dwellers are largely detached from the environmental effects of their daily lives. The sources of the water they drink, the food they eat, and the energy they consume are all but invisible, often coming from other continents, and their waste ends up in places beyond their city boundaries.

Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems shows how cities and their residents can begin to reintegrate into their bioregional environment, and how cities themselves can be planned with nature’s organizing principles in mind. Taking cues from living systems for sustainability strategies, Newman and Jennings reassess urban design by exploring flows of energy, materials, and information, along with the interactions between human and non-human parts of the system.


Worked Examples for the Design of Concrete Buildings


Worked Examples for the Design of Concrete Buildings
British Cement Association | 1994 | 256 pages | PDF | 5.84 MB


Wind and Earthquake Resistant Buildings


Wind and Earthquake Resistant Buildings
Structural Analysis & Design

BUNGALE S. TARANATH Ph.D., S.E.
John A. Martin & Associates, Inc.
Los Angeles, California


Transportation Systems in Buildings 2000


Transportation Systems in Buildings 2000
CIBSE Guide D


Timber Designers' Manual


Timber Designers' Manual
E. C. Ozelton, J. A. Baird

This major reference manual covers both overall and detail design of structural timber, including aspects such as shear deflection, creep, dynamic and lateral stability considerations for flexural members.
It has been substantially revised to take account of changes since the last edition, nearly 20 years ago, and to include the latest revision of British Standard BS 5268-2 : 2002, which has brought design concepts closer to European practice and Eurocode 5.

New features of the Third Edition include:

  • revised information on bolt values including a consideration of improved performance using 8.8 grade bolts
  • new chapters on composite sections and Eurocode 5 on structural timber
  • new developments in materials and products
  • horizontal roof and floor diaphragms
  • vertical shear walls


Thermodynamics


Enrico Fermi - Thermodynamics, 1936
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The Art of Precast Concrete - Colour, Texture, Expression


The Art of Precast Concrete - Colour, Texture, Expression
By David Bennett
Birkhäuser Basel | 2007 | 160 pages | PDF | 22 Mb

As a building material, precast concrete allows a wide range of sculptural forms and design options. By treating the surface in various ways, fascinating textures and fine finishes can be produced. This book provides a systematic overview of the variety of applications for such concrete elements throughout Europe. Author David Bennett provides in-depth information on newly developed, especially lightweight forms of concrete such as GRC (Glass-Fibre Reinforced Concrete), Ductal and CRC (Compact Reinforced Composite). A selection of some 24 projects which are of particular significance, are documented in detail and provide a wealth of inspiring design ideas. The appendix comprises an overview of the building practices in the individual European countries and the availability of concrete elements. Amongst the buildings documented are the Scottish Parliament Building in Edinburgh by Enric Miralles Benedetta Tagliabue, the Synagogue in Dresden by Wandel, Hoefer, Lorch + Hirsch, and the Mexican Embassy in Berlin by González de León.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Structure as Architecture : A Source Book for Architects and Structural Engineers


Structure as Architecture :
A Source Book for Architects and Structural Engineers
Andrew W. Charleson

Structure As Architecture provides readers with an accessible insight into the relationship between structure and architecture, focusing on the design principles that relate to both fields. Over one hundred case studies of contemporary buildings from countries across the globe including the UK, the US, France, Germany, Spain, Hong Kong and Australia are interspersed throughout the book. The author has visited and photographed each of these examples and analyzed them to show how structure plays a significant architectural role, as well as bearing loads. This is a highly illustrated sourcebook, providing a new insight into the role of structure, and discussing the point where the technical and the aesthetic meet to create the discipline of 'architecture'. 

  • * Presents a comprehensive analysis of how building structure contributes to architecture
  • * Connects architectural design ideas and structure in the context of contemporary architecture, materials and structure
  • * Highly illustrated, providing a sourcebook of architectural and engineering design ideas



Structure and Architecture - Second edition


Structure and Architecture
Second edition
Angus J. Macdonald

'Structure and Architecture' is an essential textbook for students and practitioners of architecture and structural engineering. MacDonald explains the basic principles of structure and describes the ranges of structure types in current use. Furthermore, the book links these topics directly with the activity of architectural design and criticism. An update of the first edition, 'Structure and Architecture 2ed' includes a revised opening chapter, and a new section that discusses prominent buildings constructed since the last edition was published in 1994.

Angus MacDonald deals with structures holistically, relating detailed topics back to the whole structure and building. He aims to answer the questions: What are architectural structures? How does one define the difference between the structure of a building and all of the other components and elements of which it consists? What are the requirements of structures? What is involved in their design? An understanding of the concepts involved in answering these questions and an appreciation of how the structure of a building functions enhances the ability of an individual to appreciate its architectural quality. This book is unique in that it discusses the structural component of architectural design in the context of visual and stylistic issues. 


Structural Steelwork - Analysis and Design


Structural Steelwork - Analysis and Design
S. S. Ray

This manual, a companion to the book Reinforced Concrete, also by Ray, covers the design of structural steelwork elements in a logical, step-by-step fashion. The text is backed up by numerous illustrations, design charts and tables, and refers throughout to the relevant codes of practice. A large number of worked examples cover almost all types of structural steelwork elements, including more advanced techniques


Structural Design for Architecture


Structural Design for Architecture
Angus J. Macdonald

Following on from the author's first book, Structure and Architecture, this book is concerned with the preliminary stages of the design of structures for buildings and deals with the issues involved in structural decision making at a strategic level.

It is intended principally for use by students of architecture and will provide them with the information required to make sensible choices on the structural aspects of architectural design. The topics covered in the book include choice of structural
material, the determination of the form and geometry of structures, the integration of the structure with other aspects of architectural design and the preliminary allocation of dimensions to the principal structural elements. It is essentially a
non-mathematical treatment. Calculation procedures are reduced to the minimum compatible with achieving a meaningful approximation to the required member dimension.

Provides information which will be directly applicable to strategic decision making in relation to architectural form.

Deals with all basic types of structure in the four principal structural materials of steel, concrete, masonry and timber.

Comprehensively illustrated and presents information in a format which is readily accessible.


Specification for structural steel buildings 2005


Specification for structural steel buildings 2005


Smart Materials & New Technologies For the Architecture & Design Professions (2005)


Smart Materials & New Technologies 
For the Architecture & Design Professions (2005)
Michelle Addington, Daniel Schodek

Today, architects and designers are beginning to look toward developments in new
"smart" or "intelligent" materials and technologies for solutions to long-standing problems
in building design. However, these new materials have so far been applied in a diverse
but largely idiosyncratic nature, because relatively few architects have access to
information about the types or properties of these new materials or technologies.
Two of the leading experts in this field - Addington and Schodek - have solved this
problem by incorporating all the relevant information of all the latest technologies
available to architects and designers in this one volume. They present materials by
describing their fundamental characteristics, and go on to identify and suggest how
these same characteristics can be exploited by professionals to achieve their design
goals. Here, the wealth of technical understanding already available in the materials
science and engineering literature is at last made accessible to a design audience.