Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Espirales Spirals Quaderns

Espirales Spirals Quaderns
(Tiempo Abierto Tiempo Fractal /Open Time Fractal Time)
Manuel Gausa

Innovation in Architecture - A Path to the Future

Innovation in Architecture - A Path to the Future
Edited by Alan J.Brookes and Dominique Poole

In this highly original book, through a series of essays, key architects and engineers in Europe, Australia, and the USA describe the ideas and development behind the innovative technology in their chosen projects, with the emphasis being on the means of production and the links between design and the manufacturing process.

Design Matters: The Organisation and Principles of Engineering Design

Design Matters : The Organisation and Principles of Engineering Design
James Armstrong 

This book demonstrates the need to understand the context, process and delivery of engineering projects and services by focusing on engineering design. It highlights the cultural, economic, political and social parameters and illustrates the importance of their understanding. The book benefits from a unique combination of academic rigour and the experience gained from decades of designing some of the world’s most important civil engineering projects.

Design is the essential component of engineering. Design Matters demonstrates the need to understand the context, process and delivery of engineering projects and services by focusing on the nature and practice of engineering design. The book specifically highlights the cultural, economic, political and social parameters and illustrates the importance of their understanding as demonstrated by successful designers.

Unique to Design Matters are case studies that demonstrate the principles described in the book and the importance of using multidisciplinary teams to achieve effective design development. Contributions are included from key professionals involved in several high-profile and innovative civil and industrial engineering projects, including:

  • A Diagnostic Analyser, Northern Ireland
  • A Foot Prosthesis, UK
  • The Channel Tunnel Terminal, UK
  • The Channel Tunnel Rail Link, UK
  • The London Eye, London
  • The Lesotho Hydro-electric Project, Natal
  • An Australian Timber Arch Bridge, Melbourne
  • The Bahaii Temple, New Delhi, India
  • The Hampden Gurney Primary School, London
  • The Bridge Academy Secondary School, London
  • The Harris-Manchester College, Oxford
  • The Angel of the North, Gateshead, UK

Design Matters is an ideal text for graduate students in all branches of engineering looking to gain a practical introduction to the breadth and depth of the design process as well as to practicing engineers who wish to gain further insight into how design engineering works strategically.

Architecture, Technology and Process

Architecture, Technology and Process
Chris Abel
283 pages

This new selection of essays follows Chris Abel's previous best selling collection, Architecture and Identity. Drawing upon a wide range of knowledge and disciplines, the author argues that, underlying technological changes in the process of architectural production are fundamental changes in the way we think about machines and the world we live in.

Key topics include: new patterns of urbanism in the fast growing cities of asia pacific; metaphorical extensions of mind and body in cyberspace; the divergent European and North American values shaping Sir Norman Foster's and Frank Gehry's work, and the collaborative work methods and technologies creating the adaptable design pratices of today.

Marketing for Architects and Engineers: A New Approach

Marketing for Architects and Engineers : A New Approach 
Brian Richardson 

Professional services marketing is a relatively new form of marketing that has been recogonized only since the late 1980s. Most of the attempts to write about marketing for professional services have been a regurgitation of the traditional marketing approach that has evolved since the 1960s and have concentrated on minor differences and adjustments. In many ways, what is needed is a fresh approach which takes into account the complex political, social, economic, legislative and cultural backdrop and provides a way for design professionals, such as architects and engineers, to look to the future. This book does just that.

eWork and eBusiness in Architecture, Engineering and Construction

eWork and eBusiness in Architecture, Engineering and Construction
Attila Dikbas

Biannually since 1994, the European Conference on Product and Process Modelling in the Building and Construction Industry has provided a review of research, given valuable future work outlooks, and provided a communication platform for future co-operative research and development at both European and global levels.

This volume, of special interest to researchers, developers and end-users in product and process modelling and construction informatics, contains the proceedings of the 5th ECPPM conference, held in September 2004. It provides a comprehensive overview of European research, as well as an insight in US, Canadian and Australian research. It also highlights perspectives of ambient intelligence and recent industry developments, and in addition, presents the latest developments in e-work and e-business, virtual enterprising, and collaborative work, as well as related best-practice industry examples.

Architects Without Frontiers - War, Reconstruction and Design Responsibility

Architects Without Frontiers - 
War, Reconstruction and Design Responsibility
Esther Charlesworth

From the targeted demolition of Mostar’s Stari-Most Bridge in 1993 to the physical and social havoc caused by the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, the history of cities is often a history of destruction and reconstruction. But what political and aesthetic criteria should guide us in the rebuilding of cities devastated by war and natural calamities? 

The title of this timely and inspiring new book, Architects Without Frontiers, points to the potential for architects to play important roles in post-war relief and reconstruction. By working “sans frontières”, Charlesworth suggests that architects and design professionals have a significant opportunity to assist peace-making and reconstruction efforts in the period immediately after conflict or disaster, when much of the housing, hospital, educational, transport, civic and business infrastructure has been destroyed or badly damaged. 

Through selected case studies, Charlesworth examines the role of architects, planners, urban designers and landscape architects in three cities following conflict - Beirut, Nicosia and Mostar - three cities where the mental and physical scars of violent conflict still remain. This book expands the traditional role of the architect from 'hero' to 'peacemaker' and discusses how design educators can stretch their wings to encompass the proliferating agendas and sites of civil unrest.

The Architect's Guide to Running a Practice

The Architect's Guide to Running a Practice
David Littlefield

This is your essential one stop shop for information on starting and running a practice. Case studies and advice from practitioners, big and small, run alongside outlines of all the key topics, to give you an insight into the problems and challenges others have faced when setting up a design business. Accessible and informative, this handbook is the ideal first point of reference when starting a practice.

Architects have many different reasons for setting up in practice; equally, there are many ways of running your own business. This handbook helps you consider whether or not you should set up on your own, examining issues such as financing, office space, recruitment, IT and workingo ut a business plan. Some architects want to stay small, while others have ambitions to grow into large businesses. Some grow big accidentally. And then there are those who pick and choose their work carefully, and even turn down undesirable contracts, while others will grab at everything possible. This book woudl explore these different models and illustrate how different kinds of practice develop into successful businesses.

Importantly, the book will stress that these issues are crucial - you may be the best designer in the world, but unless your business is well managed you will fail. On the other hand, some successful architects spend a lot of time looking for new work and attending to management issues, rarely finding the time for design work. This book would illustrate how architects have struck a balance between these two extremes.

Architect's Essentials of Cost Management

Architect's Essentials of Cost Management
(The Architect's Essentials of Professional Practice)
Michael D. Dell’Isola,

Written by a cost-control expert with more than thirty years of design and building expertise, this volume in the Professional Practice Essentials Series gives you practical, user-friendly guidance on how to better manager costs through all phases of a project. Dell'Isola first explains the basics of cost management-from estimating costs during the design phase to managing costs during construction and even after occupancy. He then covers all of the tools and techniques available to architects/designers and explains how best to use them. A number of useful case studies clearly show how the author's principles work in real-life situations.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Logo Design Workbook : A Hands-On Guide to Creating Logos

Logo Design Workbook : A Hands-On Guide to Creating Logos 
by Noreen Morioka, Terry Stone Sean Adams

Logo Design Workbook focuses on creating powerful logo designs and answers the question, "What makes a logo work?"

In the first half of this book, authors Sean Adams and Noreen Morioka walk readers step-by-step through the entire logo-development process. Topics include developing a concept that communicates the right message and is appropriate for both the client and the market; defining how the client's long-term goals might affect the look and needs of the mark; choosing colors and typefaces; avoiding common mistakes; and deciphering why some logos are successful whereas others are not.

The second half of the book comprises in-depth case studies on logos designed for various industries. Each case study explores the design brief, the relationship with the client, the time frame, and the results.

Interior Design Visual Presentation: A Guide to Graphics, Models & Presentation Techniques

Interior Design Visual Presentation: 
A Guide to Graphics, Models & Presentation Techniques
Second Edition
Maureen Mitton

Interior Design Visual Presentation, Second Edition is fully revised to include the latest material on CAD, digital portfolios, resume preparation, and Web page design. It remains the only comprehensive guide to address the visual design and presentation needs of the interior designer, with coverage of design graphics, models, and presentation techniques in one complete volume.

Approaches to the planning, layout, and design of interior spaces are presented through highly visual, step-by-step instructions, supplemented with more than forty pages of full-color illustrations, exercises at the end of each chapter, and dozens of new projects. With the serious designer in mind, it includes a diverse range of sample work, from student designers as well as well-known design firms such as Ellerbee and Beckett Architects and MS Architects.

Interior Design Handbook of Professional Practice

Interior Design Handbook of Professional Practice
Cindy Coleman

Let today's most admired design professionals share with you their priceless insights, step-by-step guidelines, and real-life examples drawn from their own highly successful practices. Interior Design Handbook of Professional Practice packs fresh new ways of thinking and profitable ways of working -- quality information you expect when experts join forces! Comprehensive, hands-on details show you how to problem-solve the design needs of clients¿streamline every stage of your practice, from finding and winning clients to project build-out and master the most efficient negotiation, bidding, contract, and documentation techniques. Achieve professional excellence and profitability with this authoritative resource as you learn how to act on the implications of the profound changes occurring in the design industry today with tips from designers who are at the top of their game.

Interior Color by Design - A Design Tool for Architects, Interior Designers, and Homeowners

Interior Color by Design - 
A Design Tool for Architects, Interior Designers, and Homeowners
Jonathan Poore

Effective color selection can be a powerful element in any design. "Interior Color By Design" takes the mystery out of the color application process by: Providing over 250 color samples to experiment with different combinations Featuring over 100 full-color images that illustrate key concepts like adjacent colors and overall design Exploring the interactive effects of color combinations on interior design and archticture

Towards a New Architecture - Le Corbusier

Towards a New Architecture - Le Corbusier

This pioneering proclamation by the great architect expounds Le Corbusier's technical and aesthetic theories, views on industry, economics, the relation of form to function, "mass-production spirit," and much more. Profusely illustrated with over 200 line drawings and photographs of Le Corbusier's buildings and other important structures.

The Discipline of Architecture

The Discipline of Architecture
by Andrzej Piotrowski


A polemical look at how architectural knowledge is produced, disseminated, and received.

In the vast literature on architectural theory and practice, the ways in which architectural knowledge is actually taught, debated, and understood are too often ignored. The essays collected in this groundbreaking volume address the current state of architecture as an academic and professional discipline. The issues considered range from the form and content of architectural education to the architect's social and environmental obligations and the emergence of a new generation of architects. Often critical of the current paradigm, these essays offer a provocative challenge to accepted assumptions about the production, dissemination, and reception of architectural knowledge.

Private Dwelling : Contemplating the use of housing

Private Dwelling : Contemplating the use of housing
Peter King

Housing is something that is deeply personal to us. It offers us privacy and security and allows us to be intimate with those we are close to. This book considers the nature of privacy but also how we choose to share our dwelling. The book discusses the manner in which we talk about our housing, how it manifests and assuages our anxieties and desires and how it helps us come to terms with loss.

Private Dwelling offers a deeply original take on housing. The book proceeds through a series of speculations, using philosophical analysis and critique, personal anecdote, film criticism, social and cultural theory and policy analysis to unpick the subjective nature of housing as a personal place where we can be sure of ourselves.

Philosophy of Symbiosis - Kisho Kurokawa

Philosophy of Symbiosis - Kisho Kurokawa

Symbiosis, as defined by Kisho Kurokawa, one of Japan's leading architects, is a new way of interpreting today's culture. A philosophy which takes its name from ecological and biological concepts, it puts forward ideals developed from traditional Japanese philosophy and culture, while continually acknowledging the presence of the multivalent, contemporary world. It is a philosophy of "both-and" rather than "either-or", a practice of mix-and-match rather than creation from scratch, an ethic of inclusion rather than exclusion. As such, it is thought to be one of the most essential statements of post-modern culture to date. Kurokawa feels that we will recognize each other's differing personalities while competing and will co-operate while we oppose and criticize each other.

Penser I'architecture

Penser  I'architecture 
Peter  Zumthor 


Si l on attend de l architecture qu elle soit en relation sensuelle avec la vie, il faut que la réflexion aille bien au-delà de la forme et de la construction. Cet ouvrage, dont la première édition est épuisée depuis des années, a été enrichi de trois nouveaux essais: "La beauté a-t-elle une forme ?", "La magie du réel" et "La lumière dans le paysage". Dans ses textes, Peter Zumthor dévoile les ressorts de cette architecture qui s adresse, sur des modes très diversifiés, aux sentiments et à la raison, et qui a une présence et une aura indiscutables. La typographie, oeuvre de Hannele Grönlund, est nouvelle ainsi que les photographies en couleur de la maisonatelier de Peter Zumthor à Haldenstein réalisées spécialement pour cet ouvrage par Laura Padgett.

Mechanics and Meaning in Architecture

Mechanics and Meaning in Architecture
Lance LaVine


An exploration of technology's role in architecture and, in turn, humanity's understanding of nature.

In Mechanics and Meaning in Architecture, Lance LaVine shows that in architecture, as practiced and taught today, the technological aspect of the profession-how weight is distributed, how heat flow is regulated, and how light is permitted to enter-has been ceded to engineers and other technical specialists. And in doing so, he argues, architects have lost sight of one of architecture's most important purposes, that of providing a literal and figurative window onto the world.

As a technology of habitation, architecture should provide people with both a practical and a metaphorical understanding of their relationship with nature. For LaVine, this knowledge emanates from a sensual understanding of the natural world as a "felt force." At its most basic level, architecture demands an understanding of and response to the natural forces of gravity, climate, and sunlight. At the center of Mechanics and Meaning in Architecture are case studies of four very different houses: a Finnish log farmhouse from the nineteenth century; Charles Moore's house in Arinda, California; Tadao Anmdo's Wall house in Japan; and Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye near Paris. Through his imaginative readings of structures, LaVine highlights how the architects involved have used the oldest and most fundamental architectural technologies-walls, floors, ceilings, columns, beams, and windows-in ways that offer creative responses to the natural world and humanity's place in it.

Clearly, architects are comfortable with the practical and aesthetic components of their profession. With this book, Lance LaVine encourages them also to understand what makes their use of technology unique and essential, and to reclaim the natural world for meaningful interpretation in their design of buildings. Lance LaVine is professor of architecture and landscape architecture at the University of Minnesota.

The Language of Space

The Language of Space
Bryan Lawson 

This unique guide provides a systematic overview of the idea of architectural space. 

Bryan Lawson provides an ideal introduction to the topic, breaking down the complex and abstract terms used by many design theoreticians when writing about architectural space. Instead, our everyday knowledge is reintroduced to the language of design. Design values of 'space' are challenged and informed to stimulate a new theoretical and practical approach to design.

This book views architectural and urban spaces as psychological, social and partly cultural phenomena. They accommodate, separate, structure, facilitate, heighten and even celebrate human spatial behaviour.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Identity by Design

Identity by Design
Georgia Butina Watson and Ian Bentley

In a world of increasing globalisation, where one high street becomes interchangeable with the next, Identity by Design addresses the idea of place-making and the concept of identity, looking at how these things can be considered as an integral part of the design process.

Structured around a series of case studies including Prague, Mexico, Malaysia and Boston, the authors discuss an array of design approaches to explain and define the complex interrelated concepts. The concluding sections of the book suggest ideas for practical application in future design processes. 

With full colour images throughout, this book takes the discussion of place-identity to the next level, and will be valuable reading for all architects, urban designers, planners and landscape architects.

Disclosing Horizons - Architecture, Perspective and Redemptive Space.

Disclosing Horizons - Architecture, Perspective and Redemptive Space.
Nicholas Temple

This study examines the influence of perspective on architecture, highlighting how critical historical changes in the representation and perception of space continue to inform the way architects design.

Since its earliest developments, perspective was conceived as an exemplary form of representation that served as an ideal model of how everyday existence could be measured and ultimately judged. Temple argues that underlying the symbolic and epistemological meanings of perspective there prevails a deeply embedded redemptive view of the world that is deemed perfectible.

Temple explores this idea through a genealogical investigation of the cultural and philosophical contexts of perspective throughout history, highlighting how these developments influenced architectural thought. This broad historical enquiry is accompanied by a series of case-studies of modern or contemporary buildings, each demonstrating a particular affinity with the accompanying historical model of perspective.

Crime Prevention Through Housing Design

Crime Prevention Through Housing Design
Edited by Paul Stollard

This book provides specific guidance for architects, planners, and housing managers on designing to deter crime. While every estate and neighbourhood has different problems which require unique solutions, the process which leads to the solutions will be the same.

The first three chapters review the various theories of crime prevention through design, and abstract from them a series of six key principles which can be applied to all housing projects. The remaining five chapters outline the practical application of these principles in the assessment, design and construction processes.

Architectural Thought : the design process and the expectant eye

Architectural Thought : the design process and the expectant eye
Michael Brawne

An introduction to architectural thought, this text is a thorough and accessible discussion in search of the principles of the design process.

Documenting the non-verbal processes and decisions that architects and designers make is a difficult task, but one that is important when trying to understand the development of architectural design through the ages. Michael Brawne uses his experience as a practicing architect, academic and educator to provide an overview of the subject. By looking at the practices and buildings of architects past and present he incorporates history and philosophy in the search for a theory of design.

* Provides a well-rounded look at the development of architectural thought. 
* Written at a level that is accessible for professionals and students. 
* Illustrates how the design process has developed from antiquity to the present day.

Architectural Design and Ethics - Tools for Survival

Architectural Design and Ethics - Tools for Survival
Thomas Fisher

Architectural Design and Ethics offers both professional architects and architecture students a theoretical base and numerous suggestions as to how we might rethink our responsibilities to the natural world and design a more sustainable future for ourselves. 

As we find ourselves on the steep slope of several exponential growth curves – in global population, in heat-trapping atmospheric gases, in the gap between the rich and poor, and in the demand for finite resources, Fisher lays down a theory of architecture based on ethics and explores how buildings can and do provide both social and moral dimensions. The book also has practical goals, demonstrating how architects can make better and more beautiful buildings whilst nurturing more responsible, sustainable development. 

Architectural Design and Ethics will prove an invaluable text not only to those in the architecture field, but to anyone simply interested in the ethical issues surrounding our built environment.

Analysing Architecture

Analysing Architecture
Simon Unwin
209 pages

Clear and accessible, Analysing Architecture opens a fresh way to understanding architecture. It offers a unique ‘notebook’ of architectural strategies to present an engaging introduction to elements and concepts in architectural design. Beautifully illustrated throughout with the author’s original drawings, examples are drawn from across the world and many periods of architectural history (from prehistoric times to the recent past) to illustrate analytical themes and to show how drawing can be used to study architecture. Since its first edition appeared in 1997, Analysing Architecture has established itself internationally as one of the key texts in architectural education.

This third edition includes a new section discussing the ways analyzing examples cultivates a capacity for design. Original chapters have been expanded, new case studies added, and the format rearranged for additional clarity. The bibliography of recommended supplementary reading has also been extended.

In Analysing Architecture, Simon Unwin clearly identifies the key elements of architecture and conceptual themes apparent in buildings and relevant to other works of architecture such as gardens and cities. He describes ideas for use in the active process of design. Breaking down the grammar of architecture into themes and ‘moves’, Unwin exposes its underlying patterns to reveal the organizational strategies that lie beneath the superficial appearances of buildings.

Exploring buildings as results of the interaction of people with the world around them, Analysing Architecture offers a definition of architecture as ‘identification of place’ and provides a greater understanding of architecture as a creative discipline. This book presents a powerful impetus for readers to develop their own capacities for architectural design. It will also be of use to all those with an interest in the human occupation of and involvement with space – anthropologists, archaeologists, film-makers, installation artists, planners, urban designers, politicians.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Geometries Sacrees - Tome 1

Geometries Sacrees - Tome 1
Stephane Cardinaux

Trajectoire | 2004-01 | djvu | 281 pages | 23 Mb

Tous les édifices construits par les bâtisseurs sont basés sur des tracés géométriques rigoureux. Le livre a comme objectif de vous donner les outils nécessaires pour retrouver leurs tracés (lorsqu'ils ont disparus) ou de comprendre les lieux sacrés existants : menhirs, mégalithes, dolmens, cromlechs, villas gallo-romaines, temples égyptiens, chapelles, autels, cathédrales, collégiales, églises...

Près de 300 illustrations (dont beaucoup sont en couleur) retracent les fondements géométriques et les grands chemins des forces telluriques de tous ces monuments. Car ils émettent des énergies " éthériques " subtiles, de nature tellurique. La capacité de chacun d'entre nous à ressentir ces énergies est proportionnelle à sa sensibilité radiesthésique et à son niveau de conscience.

Tous les bâtisseurs concevaient, plaçaient et orientaient leurs constructions. Avec un minimum d'intuition, d'observation, de ressenti, il est possible aujourd'hui de créer un lieu sacré : c'est ce que démontre l'auteur tous les jours avec les groupes qu'il anime.

En ayant compris comment les bâtisseurs s'y sont pris, vous pouvez faire la même chose qu'eux. Avec un cheminement spirituel, car votre oeuvre sera le résultat d'une démarche intérieure.

Créer un lieu sacré, aussi simple soit-il, est un acte qui contribue à bâtir votre temple intérieur et à démontrer votre respect des forces de la Terre.

Grammaire de l'architecture

Grammaire de l'architecture
sous la direction de Emily Cole.
238 pages en français.

La Grammaire de l'architecture rend accessible aux étudiants comme au grand public un large éventail de termes architecturaux qui ont servi à décrire les constructions à travers le monde et à travers les âges. De l'Egypte ancienne, Babylone, la Grèce antique au Roman, Gothique, la Renaissance et le Baroque.

Details of Victorian Architecture

Details of Victorian Architecture

Courtyard Housing: Past, Present, Future

Courtyard Housing: Past, Present, Future
By Brian Edwards
Spon Press | 2005-11-14 | 248 pages | PDF | 10 Mb

Courtyard housing is one of the oldest forms of domestic development spanning at least 2000 years and occurring in distinctive form in many regions of the world. Traditionally associated with the Middle East where climate and culture have given shape to a particular type of courtyard housing, other examples exist in Latin America, China and in Europe where the model has been reinterpreted. This book demonstrates, through discussions on sustainability and regional identity, and via a series of case studies, that she courtyard housing form has a future as well as a past 

Civilizatii - Patrimoniul Cultural Universal UNESCO

Civilizatii - Patrimoniul Cultural Universal UNESCO