Building for Life: Designing and Understanding the Human-Nature Connection

Building for Life: Designing and Understanding the Human-Nature Connection
Stephen R. Kellert | Island Press | 2005-09-13 | ISBN: 1559637218 | 264 pages | PDF | 6,3 MB

Sustainable design has made great strides in recent years; unfortunately, it still falls short of fully integrating nature into our built environment. Through a groundbreaking new paradigm of "restorative environmental design," award-winning author Stephen R. Kellert proposes a new architectural model of sustainability. In Building For Life, Kellert examines the fundamental interconnectedness of people and nature, and how the loss of this connection results in a diminished quality of life. This thoughtful new work illustrates how architects and designers can use simple methods to address our innate needs for contact with nature. Through the use of natural lighting, ventilation, and materials, as well as more unexpected methodologies-the use of metaphor, perspective, enticement, and symbol-architects can greatly enhance our daily lives. These design techniques foster intellectual development, relaxation, and physical and emotional well-being. In the works of architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, Eero Saarinen, Cesar Pelli, Norman Foster, and Michael Hopkins, Kellert sees the success of these strategies and presents models for moving forward. Ultimately, Kellert views our fractured relationship with nature as a design problem rather than an unavoidable aspect of modern life, and he proposes many practical and creative solutions for cultivating a more rewarding experience of nature in our built environment.

Materials, Specification and Detailing: Foundations of Building Design

Materials, Specification and Detailing: Foundations of Building Design
Norman Wienand | Taylor & Francis | 2008 | ISBN: 0415403588 | Pages: 309 | PDF | 1.65 MB

Continuing in the holistic philosophy of the "Technologies of Architecture" series, this volume examines the various layers of knowledge, skills and mechanisms that make up the many approaches to the essential function of technical design in the creation of successful buildings. Well-illustrated with case studies, the author draws on his extensive experience in architectural education to provide a detailed description of the development process, acknowledging traditional solutions whilst also encouraging designers to consider innovative alternatives. Attention is paid to materials choices, detail design and specification writing. Students of architectural technology in particular, but also of architecture, building surveying and construction will find this syllabus-relevant title an invaluable asset in embracing their environmental responsibilities as designers and actively participating in the development of technical design language.

The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture

The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture
Alanna Stang, Christopher Hawthorne | Princeton Architectural Press | 2005 | ISBN: 1568984812 | 196 pages | PDF | 17,8 MB

From the arid deserts of Tucson, Arizona to the icy forests of Poori, Finland to the tropical beaches of New South Wales, Australia to the urban jungle of downtown Manhattan, critics Alanna Stang and Christopher Hawthorne have traveled to the farthest reaches of the globe to find all that is new in the design of sustainable, or "green," homes. The result: more than thirty-five residences in fifteen countries -- and nearly every conceivable natural environment -- designed by a combination of star architects and heretofore unknown practitioners. Six different climactic zones are presented in The Green House -- waterfront, forest and mountain, tropical, desert, suburban, and urban; there is also a section on mobile dwellings. Each chapter features a series of homes that show the diversity and possibility of sustainable design. Projects are presented with large color images, plans, drawings, and an accompanying text that describes their green features and explains how they work with and in the environment. Architects included: Santiago Calatrava, Shigeru Ban, Miller/Hull, Rick Joy, Lake Flato, Kengo Kuma, Glenn Murcutt, Pugh & Scarpa, Werner Sobek, and many others. The Green House is not only a beautiful object in its own right, but is sure to be an indispensable reference for anyone building or interested in sustainable design -- and if you ask us, that should be everyone.

Curtain Walls: Recent Developments

Curtain Walls: Recent Developments
Michael J. Crosbie | Birkhäuser Basel | English | 2005-10-14 | ISBN: 3764370831 | 184 pages | PDF | 32,5 MB

The curtain wall—a non-bearing wall attached to a building's structural frame like a curtain made of metal or, more likely glass—is an omnipresent feature of contemporary architecture. Variations of pattern and color, transparency and opacity offer the architect almost limitless design possibilities, a tremendous palette for "skinning" the structural frame of buildings from museums to skyscrapers.There are few practitioners of curtain wall design as accomplished as Cesar Pelli & Associates, and this book presents twenty of their most exemplary projects. Arranged by material—glass, metal, stone—the conception and development of each individual facade is revealed and construction details comprehensively documented through numerous drawings. Any practicing architect interested in state-of-the-art curtain wall design will need to own this indispensable and inspiring book.

Architecture In Use: An introduction to the programming, design and evaluation

Architecture In Use: An introduction to the programming, design and evaluation
DJM van der Voordt, HBR van Wegen | Architectural Press | 2005-03-08 | ISBN: 0750664576 | 326 pages | PDF | 8.10 MB

This unique book discusses programming, design and building evaluation providing a joined up approach to building design. By linking the functional and architectonic qualities of a building, the authors show the practical implications of the utility value of buildings. Starting by looking at how the relationship between form and function has been dealt with by different approaches to architecture from a historical perspective, it goes on to discuss how the desired functional quality and utility value of a building can be expressed in a brief and given a physical form by the architect. Finally, it advises on how to carry out post-occupancy evaluation and provides the architect with methods and techniques for testing whether the intended utility value of a building has been achieved.
* Learn to fully understand the relationship between function and form.
* Discover the link between design methodology and research and their impact on the design brief.
* Discover how to evaluate buildings and apply the findings to future designs.

Schools and Kindergartens - A Design Manual

Schools and Kindergartens - A Design Manual
Mark Dudek | Birkhäuser Basel | 2007-04-05  | ISBN: 376437053X | Pages: 255 | PDF | 20.80 MB

In a global economy, the importance of education is now widely recognized. Furthermore, in the wake of international assessment studies, schools and kindergartens have become a focus of great public interest. As a new generation of educational environments are designed and built, this Design Manual illustrates the most up-to-date educational strategies and how they are realized in built form. With 80 case studies from Europe, North America and the Pacific Region, this is an essential guide for architects involved in the design of schools and kindergartens. This specialized field encompassing ever-changing educational theories is explained in the context of varying national and regional approaches. Among the key themes analyzed are aspects such as the impact of modern communication technology, urban integration or internal circulation. The book will also be of interest to educationalists, parents and the wider community.

LEED Practices, Certification, and Accreditation Handbook

LEED Practices, Certification, and Accreditation Handbook
Butterworth-Heinemann | 2009 | ISBN: 1856176916 | 528 pages | PDF | 6,1 MB

Adopted in the United States and a number of other countries, LEED? certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. Achieving LEED? personal certification or project certification is the best way to demonstrate that the project is truly "green." Written by an architect with over 30 years of international experience, this book provides architects, designers, building owners, and construction engineers with an easy to understand guide to the nuts and bolts of LEED? project and personal certification.

New Hotels

New Hotels
Alejandro Bahamon | Collins Design | ISBN: 0060544694 | 330 pages | PDF | 20 MB

Many of the hotels featured in this elegant volume are so extraordinarily posh that readers wishing to experience their comforts may well find their only opportunity is in these pages. The majority of the structures are modernist urban oases located throughout five continents, from London and Buenos Aires to Miami Beach and Italy. (Notably absent, however, are Asian hotels.) Colombian architect Bahamon showcases high-concept designer hotels with "an attention to personality coupled with an organic integration of the building with its history and surroundings." Fur-lined beds are a necessity at Sweden's chilly new Icehotel, for example, where the building itself and much of the decor is rendered from immense blocks of ice, while Berlin's Propeller Island City Lodge is "an art gallery where guests stay in constantly changing installations." In addition to the glossy photos highlighting soaring lobbies and luxurious suites, the page spreads offer brief histories on the hotels' structure and design. Though at its heart a book for designers and hoteliers, this volume will also give lay readers and armchair travelers plenty of sophisticated eye candy.

Encyclopedia of Wood

Encyclopedia of Wood
St. Remy Press | 1993 | ISBN: 0809499177 | 144 pages | PDF | 87,5 MB

This book gives a nice overview on some basic principles of wood, such as its properties, methods of producing lumber, and tips on selecting the right kind of lumber for your needs. I found it to be interesting & informative. Personally, I found the entire section dedicated to veneers & manufactured boards a bit much, but if this interests you, it is probably a good source.

Design on the Edge: The Making of a High-Performance Building

Design on the Edge: The Making of a High-Performance Building
The MIT Press | 2006 | 293 Pages | ISBN: 0262151170 | PDF | 1.78 MB

Equal parts analysis, personal reflection, and call to action, Design on the Edge illustrates the process of institutional change, institutional learning, and the political economy of design. It describes how the idea of the Lewis Center originated and was translated into reality with the help of such environmental visionaries as William McDonough and John Todd, and how the building has performed since its completion.

College and university administrators will spend 17 billion dollars on new buildings over the next few years. Design on the Edge is essential reading for architects, planners, and environmentalists who need to sell the innovations of ecological design to wary institutions, and for educators and students whose profession is undermined by the very buildings they work in—and for anyone who has ever tried to change an organization for the better.

Frank Lloyd Wright, 1867-1959: Building for Democracy

Frank Lloyd Wright, 1867-1959: Building for Democracy
Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer | Taschen | 2010-04-20 | ISBN: 3822827576 | PDF | 35.30 MB

Widely thought to be the greatest American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) was a true pioneer, both artistically and technically.

Passive and Low Energy Building Design for Tropical Island Climates

Passive and Low Energy Building Design for Tropical Island Climates
Dr. N V Baker | Commonwealth Science Council | 1987 | ISBN: 9850923123 | English | 197 pages | PDF | 23MB

As expectations and standards of living rise in the Developing Countries we can expect a surge in the demand for electrical power for air-conditioning and lighting. Too many new building designs seem to be inspired by examples from cooler climates, thereby requiring heavy investment in air-conditioning equipment and commitment to high running costs. Most electrical power in island states is produced from imported oil, creating a considerable national financial burden. This Technical Handbook aims to assist the Architect and Engineer in the problem of Energy Conservation in Buildings in the Tropical Island Climate. Two cooling strategies are identified: firstly, AVOIDANCE where passive techniques are applied to such an extent that the need for mechanical cooling plant is avoided; secondly, REDUCTION, where air-conditioning is required, but passive techniques are employed to keep the air-conditioning load to a minimum. The following topics are covered, including in most cases quantitative analytical procedures

  • Climate and micro-climate
  • Thermal comfort
  • Building envelope specification
  • Shading design
  • Daylighting
  • Ventilation and air movement
  • Advanced passive cooling techniques Energy calculations
  • Case studies
  • Basic building physics

The energy calculation method (PACE) has been developed for the evaluation of performance of various passive measures, so that their cost effectiveness may be established. Tables of data and printed worksheets are provided for the method. The book is illustrated with over 150 diagrams and photographs. Apart from the issue of energy conservation, many of the techniques described in the Handbook are equally applicable to low cost housing, where their adoption would ensure acceptable comfort conditions at minimum cost.

Precedents in Architecture

Precedents in Architecture
Roger H. Clark , Michael Pause  | Wiley; 3 edition | November 12, 2004| PDF | Pages: 320 | English | 9.48 MB

A revision of the architectural classic on design analysis Precedents in Architecture, Third Edition provides a vocabulary for architectural analysis that illuminates the works of leading architects and aids architects and designers in creating their own designs. Thirty-one leading architects are represented in this updated Third Edition in examinations of more than 100 structures assessed through a diagrammatic technique that is applicable to any structure. This impressive collection includes sixteen new buildings and eight innovative architects distinguished by the strength, quality, and interest of their designs. Readers will find valuable guidance in analyzing architectural history as an evolutionary process by exploring the commonality of design ideas reflected in a broad range of structures by internationally renowned architects. Both novices and seasoned professionals will find Precedents in Architecture, Third Edition a very useful tool for enriching their design vocabulary and for the ongoing assessment of buildings found in today"s evolving landscape

Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings (10 Edition)

Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings (10 Edition)
John S. Reynolds, Walter T. Grondzik, Alison G. Kwok | Wiley | 2006 | ISBN: 0471465917 | 1744 pages | PDF | 497 MB

Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings has been a fixture in architecture and construction firms all over the world for more than half a century. It has launched the careers of generations of students and served as a reliable reference for seasoned professionals. Continuing its proud heritage, this Tenth Edition provides thorough coverage of the latest in the theory and practice of environmental control system design. This bestselling book encompasses mechanical and electrical systems for buildings of all sizes, featuring design guidelines and detailed design procedures for every topic covered and supported by more than 2,200 illustrations over 225 new to this edition! It also includes information on acoustics, current technologies, new and emerging design trends, and updated codes and standards and its superb illustrations, tables, and high-quality photographs provide a quick reference for both students and busy professionals.

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Analysing Buildings from Context to Detail in Time. ABCD Research Method

Analysing Buildings from Context to Detail in Time. ABCD Research Method
H. Zijlstra | IOS Press | 2009 | ISBN: 1607500205 | 228 Pages | PDF | 13 MB

Technology provided the author of this book with the inspiration to develop a more comprehensive research method to assess buildings: Analysing Buildings from Context to Detail in time: ABCD Research Method. Technology, at academic level, should be considered in the analysis of a building. In this book the focus is on construction engineering, the study of the requirements associated with constructing buildings. Providing information on practice is a key element in construction engineering, which is a learning process. Changes are made during the life of a building and they might be made differently if the history and technical aspects of the building were studied in greater detail. Both maintenance and changes require us to understand the building concerned. In essence, a building can be described in detail using the ABCD research method. Experience obtained with other buildings can lead to better considered solutions when designing and building new buildings or intervening in existing buildings. We can recognize layers where changes may have led to interventions in what existed at one time. The ABCD research method is an instrument to show us how changes happened and what the original concepts for the building were. We have to investigate the history of the design and construction of a building to distil this essence. IOS Press is an international science, technical and medical publisher of high-quality books for academics, scientists, and professionals in all fields. Some of the areas we publish in:
Biomedicine ; Oncology ; Artificial intelligence ; Databases and information systems ; Maritime engineering ; Nanotechnology ; Geoengineering ; All aspects of physics ; E-governance ; E-commerce ; The knowledge economy ;  Urban studies ; Arms control ; Understanding and responding to terrorism ; Medical informatics ; Computer Sciences.

Kitchen Decorating Ideas and Projects

Kitchen Decorating Ideas and Projects
Linda Hallam | Better Homes and Gardens | 2001 | 112 Pages | ISBN: 0696211149 | PDF | 23 MB

The kitchen ranks as the #1 room to remodel. These decorating ideas finish the job!
* Tours of the most stylish kitchens, from country to contemporary
* Decorative, space-saving solutions for storage, display, and work surfaces
* 18 how-to decorating projects
* Inspired tips throughout
* More than 100 photographs

Marketing and Selling Professional Services in Architecture and Construction

Marketing and Selling Professional Services in Architecture and Construction
Basil Sawczuk | Wiley-Blackwell | 2009 | ISBN: 1405181877 | 288 pages | PDF | 1,1 MB

This practical book on selling and marketing will help architects, engineers, project managers, facilities managers, surveyors, and contractors ‘sell’ themselves to prospective clients.
As clients become more sophisticated at both local and international level, and as competition in the construction industry increases, both contractors and consultants have to take a more professional approach to selling themselves. This is especially true for PFI bids where vast resources are committed to winning multi-million pound contracts. Through a simple-to-follow process, illustrated with plenty of diagrams and checklists, Marketing & Selling Professional Services in Architecture & Construction sets out the seven key aspects of selling and marketing professional services. It is full of applicable ideas and examples and is well structured to enable readers to dip into the section relevant to their current needs.

Elevator Traffic Handbook: Theory and Practice

Elevator Traffic Handbook: Theory and Practice
Taylor & Francis | ISBN: 0415274761 | January 6, 2003 | 456 pages | PDF | 5 MB

Vertical transportation engineers will find this book an authoritative resource. Other members of the design teams will find it a useful reference, and lecturers and students will be satisfied by this simple presentation of the underlying theory.

GreenSource - May/June 2010

GreenSource - May/June 2010

English | 108 pages | PDF | 23.10 MB
Green Source Magazine,The most comprehensive guidance on designing and constructing environmentally responsible buildings. It is produced by the editors of Architectural Record in partnership with editors of Building Green, Inc. Every issue is devoted to green design and construction.


Green grass textures - textures of green grass

Green grass textures - textures of green grass
12 JPG | 72-300 DPI | Sizes of up to 1800x1200 pixels 3900h2000 | 35MB

Great images for texturing material

The Organization and Architecture of Innovation: Managing the Flow of Technology

The Organization and Architecture of Innovation: Managing the Flow of Technology
Butterworth-Heinemann | 2006 | ISBN: 0750682361 | PDF | 136 pages | 34 MB

The Organization and Innovation of Architecture once more illustrates vividly Tom Allen's excellence in identifying essential challenges of technological change and providing well-founded solutions. Being the undisputed eminence behind the now worldwide accepted management initiative of mastering technology and innovation, he shares with us his latest findings which strike the very core of innovative organizations: The existential dependence on communication processes between individuals and groups, and approaches on how to best design them using path-breaking principles of spatial configuration of buildings. In fact Tom Allen brings to our attention an until now astonishingly 'forgotten' main dimension of management: the spatial dimension as the indispensable counterpart of the structural dimension. The carefully researched and well-written book closes a hitherto existing and crucial gap in management textbooks.

Handbook of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

Handbook of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
Jan F. Kreider | CRC Press | December 2000 | ISBN : 0849395844 | PDF  | 669 pages | English | 10.56 MB

Over the past 20 years, energy conservation imperatives, the use of computer based design aids, and major advances in intelligent management systems for buildings have transformed the design and operation of comfort systems for buildings. The "rules of thumb" used by designers in the1970s are no longer viable.  Today, building systems engineers must have a strong analytical basis for design synthesis processes. But how can you develop this basis? Do you have on your shelf a reference that describes all the latest methods? Does it cover everything from the fundamentals to state-of-the art, intelligent systems? Does it do so in practical way that you can easily access and use when you need to? The Handbook of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning does. It combines practice and theory, systems and control, and the latest methods and technologies to provide, in one volume, all of the modern design and operation information needed by HVAC engineers. The Handbook of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning will stay up-to-date while other resources become outmoded and go through lengthy revision and reprint processes.



Green Source #03-04 (March-April 2010)

Green Source #03-04 (March-April 2010)
English | 94 pages | PDF | 34.13 MB

Green Source Magazine,The most comprehensive guidance on designing and constructing environmentally responsible buildings. It is produced by the editors of Architectural Record in partnership with editors of Building Green, Inc. Every issue is devoted to green design and construction.

The Future Envelope 2: Architecture - Climate - Skin

The Future Envelope 2: Architecture - Climate - Skin
U. Knaack and T. Klein | IOS Press - Delft University Press | 2010-01-15 | ISBN: 1607500264 | PDF | 153 pages | 5 MB

The role of the building envelope - related to the energy performance of a building and the comfort of the user - is significant and, because of the sustainability aspect, coming into focus more and more. Since the introduction of the double leafed façade, it is obvious that the climate performance of a building can be an important tool for architectural expression. Climate-oriented architecture is related to all aspects of building. It will affect the design as well as the building process and the construction itself. For The Future Envelope 2, specialists from the fields of architecture, engineering and research were asked to share their practical experience and their visions for the future of the climate-oriented building envelope.

Green Building Handbook: A Guide to Building Products and Their Impact on the Environment

Green Building Handbook: A Guide to Building Products and Their Impact on the Environment
Tom Woolley | Spon Press | April 1998 | ISBN : 0419226907 | English | PDF | 383 pages | 5.20 MB

Updated from the Green Building Digest Journal, this handbook provides a detailed reference for environmentally concerned puchasers of building products. Containing at-a-glance tables for buyers and specifiers, the handbook also includes an overview of the concepts and resulting literature covering this highly contentious subject, policy thinking, covering methodology for specifiers, case studies, a guide to books and organizations and what the future may hold, all in an accessible and user friendly format. Practical examples of using green materials have also been included.





Exhibition Stands

Exhibition Stands
Arian Mostaedi | Gingko Press | October 2003 | ISBN: 8489861803 | PDF | 240 pages | 83,1 MB

* Showcases the best in current exhibition stand design—dozens of examples
* Dozens of photos, plans, and construction details provide practical planning information Exhibition stands are the face a company presents to many of its most important clients and would-be clients.
Outstanding Stands showcases the most thought-provoking and innovative temporary stands from around the world. Every stand featured has its own unique style and atmosphere that makes it an effective setting for the product it presents, and photos, construction details, and plans illustrate exactly how each example was created. Designers and marketing experts everywhere will delight in this practical, beautiful guide to building great stands.

Bar Style

Bar Style
Howard Watson | Academy Press | June 17, 2005 | ISBN: 0470011475 | PDF | 224 pages | 84,4 MB

Bar Style charts the glamorous design renaissance of hotel bars and members' clubs and the way their cutting-edge interiors have helped forge a new social culture. Until recently dominated by sexless corporate design and traditional stuffiness, hotel and members bars have responded to a backlash against homogeneity and are now the playground for innovative designers, sophisticated celebrities, and ultra-cool urbanites. The revolution in 'exclusive' bars began with the birth of the Groucho and Ian Schrager's boutique hotels. There is now a stunning range of intimate, ground-breaking bars -- even within traditional hotels -- that offer the fashion-savvy, post-club generation somewhere to see and be seen. The designs of Starck, Collins, Jiricna, Conran and Chipperfield rise above the zeitgeist, providing interiors of great beauty, style, and wit. Join author Howard Watson in an examination of bars from the UK, USA, Australia, Europe, and Asia and of the designs of Starck, Collins, Jiricna, Conran, and Chipperfield. Each bar study is accompanied by high quality images and a full description, summing up the design, ambience, and clientele. Bar Style is a great source of information and inspiration for your own projects. Order your copy today.

Shopping Malls

Shopping Malls
Carles Broto | Links International | June 12, 2007 | ISBN: 8496263835 | JPG | 240 pages | 88 MB

Creating an appealing overall look as well as a distinctive image for each shop...integrating communal areas...handling parking and public facilities...these are just some of the challenges facing the designers of modern shopping malls. Shop and Malls features dozens of remarkable examples of successful malls, each one showcased with floor plans, insightful text, sketches, and full-color photographs that show how the designers met the retail challenge. Shop and Malls is a one-stop shopping resource for design professionals, architects, and urban planners.

Zaha Hadid: The Complete Buildings and Projects

Zaha Hadid: The Complete Buildings and Projects
Zaha Hadid | Rizzoli International Publications | 1998 | ISBN: 0847821331 | 144 Pages | PDF | 11.4 MB

With her most recent commission, Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center, architect Zaha Hadid becomes the first woman ever to design an American museum. This long awaited frist monograph on one of the world's most important architects collects Hadid's entire oeuvre-more than 80 built and unbuilt projects over 20 years- in one significant volume.Throughout her training at London's Architectural Association, and her work with Rem Koolhaas at OMA, to the establisment of her own worldwide architectural practice, Zaha Hadid has been acclaimed for her vanguard architectonic language. Only a handful of her projects have been built-all to great critcal success- and each new project astonishes the world of design with its commitment to revolutionary forms and ideas. As a result, she has an enormous following of students and practitioners, visionaries and builders.The groundbreaking monograph contains Hadid's own striking drawings and paintings, as well as hundreds of sketches, plans, and models. Readers will recognize her built work-the Vitra Fire Station near Basel and the IBA Building in Berlin- and will welcome details of her competition entry for Chicago's ITT Building, and her winning design for the Cardiff Opera House. With generous commenary by the architect and her office, this is a landmark publication.


Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture

Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture
Charles Harris, Nicholas Dines | McGraw-Hill Professional | ISBN: 0070170274 | 1997-11-01 | PDF | 928 pages | 106 МB

Newly designed and containing a full 40 percent completely new content, Time-Saver Standards for Landscape Architecture, Second Edition, continues to be the most complete source of site design and construction standards and data. It is fully metric, to meet Federal and International requirements. It features increased coverage of: Site storm water "best management" practices · New urban tree planting and xeriscape concepts · Earth retaining structures and pavement design · Land reclamation, including soil and vegetation restoration · Metric site layout practices, including recreation facilities · Energy and resource conservation · Natural processes and site construction procedures · New expanded construction details · Simplified construction materials data. Over 50 sections provide concise tables, checklists, "Key Point" text summaries, and illustrations to provide an invaluable information resource for offices and classrooms throughout the world.


Building Type Basics for Museums

Building Type Basics for Museums
Publisher: Wiley | ISBN: 0471349151 | edition 2001 | CHM | 272 pages | 22 MB

The fastest way to straighten out the learning curve on specialized design projects. Building Type Basics books provide architects with the essentials they need to jump-start the design of a variety of specialized facilities. In each volume, leading national figures in the field address the key questions that shape the early phases of a project commission. The answers to these questions provide instant information in a convenient, easy-to-use format. The result is an excellent, hands-on reference that puts critical information at your fingertips.Building Type Basics for Museums provides the essential information needed to initiate designs for art, science, and natural history museums, ethnic art and cultural centers, youth museums, and more. Filled with project photographs, diagrams, floor plans, sections, and details, it combines in-depth coverage of the structural, mechanical, acoustic, traffic, and safety issues that are unique to museums and cultural facilities with the nuts-and-bolts design guidelines that will start any project off on the right track and keep it there through completion.

Urban Spaces: The Design of Public Places

Urban Spaces: The Design of Public Places
John Morris Dixon | Watson-Guptill Publications | 2001-09 | ISBN: 1584710233 | English | 329 pages | PDF | 40,4 MB

The Urban Land Institute has again cooperated with Visual Reference Publications to cosponsor this second volume showcasing urban spaces created by leading architects, landscape architects, urban designers, and planners. John Morris Dixon, FAIA, longtime Chief Editor of Progressive Architecture, will explain the design challenges and accomplishments of these outstanding projects. As you travel through these superbly printed color pages, you will gather invaluable insights in the planning and design of such public spaces as the Civic Plaza in Phoenix, Gantry State Park in New York, and Paseo del Alamo in San Antonio. You will visit public facilities such as the Orlando International Airport and the Long Beach Convention Center in California; retail environments such as the Galleria at Roseville in California and the Park Meadows Retail Resort in Colorado; business complexes such as the 3M Headquarters in Mexico, Sears 2000 in Chicago, and the Conde Nast Building in New York; new in-town communities such as CityPlace in West Palm Beach, Florida and Atlantic Station in Atlanta, Georgia; planned communities such as Narragansett Landing in Rhode Island, the Lake at Las Vegas in Nevada, and Middleton Hills in Wisconsin. Going abroad, you will explore Scienceland in Shanghai, Cavendish Square in Cape Town, and Warringah Mall in Sydney.

Cafes and Coffee Shops

Cafes and Coffee Shops
Martin M Pegler | Visual Reference Publications | December 2001 | ISBN: 1584710586 | PDF | 176 pages | 120 MB

Over 350 full color photos showcase 100 top coffee shop designs from around the world, illustrating just how hot this area of food retailing remains. Cafes and Coffee Shops, by Mike Pegler, reveals the work of renowned and up-and-coming architects-details the atmosphere that gave each establishment award-winning appeal-and coveRs every coffee-shop theme from cafes, and cafeterias and coffee houses to food courts, fast-food outlets and specialty stores. What's more, for each design you'll find: complete presentations of store interiors, lighting schemes and floor plans; full data on the client, project team leaders and construction program; cogent analyses of the design strategy and special challenges each project presented; plus much more.

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Designing the World's Best Supermarkets

Designing the World's Best Supermarkets
Martin Pegler | Visual Reference Publications | October 1, 2002 | ISBN: 158471025X | PDF | 200 pages | 150 MB

Now, more than ever, supermarkets are inviting, exciting, adventuresome, and sometimes even theatrical. New formats, layouts and presentations are emerging so quickly that it's nearly impossible to keep abreast of the trends. At a time when consumers are more educated, aware and mobile; when competition between food stores is keener and more intense, Designing the World's Best Supermarkets presents an abundance of ideas and perspectives from around the world on store architecture, signage, lighting techniques, floor design, food case innovation, fixturing, wall art and texture, and thematic concepts. Showcasing over 50 projects with over 300 full-color images and illuminating text, you will experience comprehensive coverage of the most up-to-date supermarket design trends from the U.S. and around the world. This volume is edited by Martin M. Pegler, an internationally-recognized expert in the field of visual merchandising and store design. Designing the World’s Best Supermarkets is a veritable travelog of food presentation from around the world. If you’re searching for visual inspiration and expert editorial commentary, this volume is an incomparable sourcebook.

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Frank Lloyd Wright (Treasures of Art)

Frank Lloyd Wright (Treasures of Art)
Rh Value Publishing | Gramercy | 1999-08-17 | ISBN: 051716115X | Pages: 80 | PDF | 59 MB

Frank Lloyd Wright's career, sometimes tragic, sometimes tempestuous—at all times creative—has been examined and re-examined in numerous studies and articles both during his lifetime and since his death in 1959 shortly before his most famous and notorious Guggenheim Museum in New York was completed. And his life continues to demand re-examination as the progress of architectural philosophy inspires dramatic stylistic change. This concise consideration of his life and work offers a careful analysis of this complex, powerful and confident personality as well as the architectural legacy left behind by him.

Japan Style: Architecture Interiors Design

Japan Style: Architecture Interiors Design
Geeta Mehta | Tuttle Publ | 01 2005 | ISBN: 0804835926 | 224 pages | English | PDF | 35.90 MB

Among our collection of a dozen or more illustrated books about Japanese architecture and design, this is by far the best. The exquisite photographs are accompanied by a thorough yet interesting explanation of the various traditional styles found in Japanese architecture.


The Art of Digital Photography

The Art of Digital Photography
John Hedgecoe | DK Adult |  2006 | ISBN: 0756623545 | 292 pages | English | PDF | 88 MB

Easy-to-understand, and packed with both technical instructions and creative ideas, celebrated author and photographer John Hedgecoe walks you through the world of digital photography and shares his considerable expertise on this ever-changing medium. Internationally acclaimed photographer John Hedgecoe has shared his methods with millions of readers since his classic, The Book of Photography, was first published in 1976. In addition to his distinguished career as a teacher, his photographs have appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world.

A Japanese Touch for Your Home by Koji Yagi

A Japanese Touch for Your Home by Koji Yagi
Kodansha International | 1992 | ISBN-10  : 477001662X | PDF | English | 84 pages | 32.30 MB

Filled with elegant designs and clever tips, A Japanese Touch for Your Home offers bold and exciting ideas for remodeling your home or redecorating your apartment. The author, architect Koji Yagi, explains the basic elements of Japanese interior design and shows you how to use them. Install tatami mats and shoji doors-cardinal elements of Japanese interior design-and see how beautifully they respond to the Western home. Change the size and shape of a room easily and tastefully with bamboo screens and movable partitions. Build a simple Japanese-style alcove, decorate it with something special, and then flaunt it. Try some Japanese lighting techniques-low, soft, and beautiful. Change the mood of a room, and change your way of looking at things.
A Japanese Touch for Your Home includes much more. Practical, approachable, and authentic, it is written by a prominent Japanese architect concerned about the demands of contemporary lifestyles, and the answers that traditional Japanese design has to offer. Over 120 color plates taken by a leading Japanese photographer accompany the informed text. In addition, over 200 black and white sketches, floor plans, and a section on do-it-yourself projects make this a book that will pique your desire to be creative and then show you how to fulfill it. A practical guide for homeowners, interior designers, and people who like to work with their heads and their hands, this book will introduce you to a new way of living.

The Fundamentals of Drawing in Colour: A Complete Professional Course for Artists

The Fundamentals of Drawing in Colour: A Complete Professional Course for Artists
Barrington Barber | Arcturus foulsham| 09 2006 | ISBN: 0572032250 | 208 pages | PDF | 12,40 MB

Drawing has become a very popular hobby and books are now in demand. This particular aspect of drawing has not been widely covered, making it an important addition to the discipline of drawing as a whole. It is written in his usual easily accessible style with over 200 full-colour illustrations. The various methods are explored through his trademark step-by-step exercises. By following Barber's advice and methods the reader will gain confidence in both drawing skills and the use of colour across different media. The book is well structured and comprehensive. Various methods and media are explored through a series of chapters, beginning with materials and how to get used to them. Each chapter ends in his excellent step-by-step exercises.

Sustainable Design: Ecology, Architecture, and Planning

Sustainable Design: Ecology, Architecture, and Planning
Daniel E. Williams | Wiley | May 1, 2007 | ISBN: 0471709530 | English | 320 pages | PDF | 19.60 MB

Architects identify "sustainability" as the most important change in the future of their profession. Sustainable Design: Ecology, Architecture, and Planning is a practical, comprehensive guide to design and plan a built environment compatible with the region's economic, social, and ecological patterns. In this book, Daniel Williams challenges professionals to rethink architecture and to see their projects not as objects but as critical, connected pieces of the whole, essential to human health as well as to regional economy and ecology. Comprehensive in scope, Sustainable Design answers key questions such as:
*How do I begin thinking and designing ecologically?
*What is the difference between "green design" and "sustainable design"?
*What are some examples of effective change I can make that will have the most impact for the least cost?
Written for architects, planners, landscape architects, engineers, public officials, and change agent professionals, this important resource defines the issues of sustainable design, illustrates conceptual and case studies, and provides support for continued learning in this increasingly central focus of architects' and urban planners' work.

New Shops and Boutiques

New Shops and Boutiques
PDF | 63.68 MB

With the increasingly important cultural role being placed upon shops and boutiques in today's competitive retail environment, the need to provide new and innovative shopping experiences has brought about a redefinition of simple consumerism. Fashion spaces have taken on the role of the museum, presenting product collections as if they were displaying works of art. With this new emphasis on the role of the retail space comes the architectural challenge of creating multifunctional, customizable shells that can be renewed to meet the needs of every seasonal collection. New Shops & Boutiques takes us inside more than 40 contemporary projects that have captured the public's attention and recognition, thanks to their exceptional interior and exterior architecture and design. From Giorgio Armani and the Sony Tower Showroom, to John Pawson and WonderWall Inc., this shopping tour around the world presents a comprehensive selection of the market's most outstanding commercial spaces and designers. And with more than 500 full-color photographs, New Shops & Boutiques is sure to provide an indispensable guide for the storeowner and architect alike.

SketchUp 7.1 for Architectural Visualization: Beginners Guide

SketchUp 7.1 for Architectural Visualization: Beginner's Guide
Robin de Jongh | Packt | 4-2010 | ISBN:1847199461 | English | PDF | 408 pages | 15.70 MB

Google SketchUp, the most popular architectural software package, is used by millions of architects and visualizers throughout the world. But what you may not know is that it's also the most powerful 3D design software on the market. With this book in hand and patented technology such as the PhotoMatch, Push-Pull, and Face-me components you can produce commercial quality photo-realistic or artistic output of your designs. This book shows you how to master SketchUp's unique tools to create architectural visuals using professional rendering and image editing techniques in a clear and friendly way. You'll be able to get started immediately using these SketchUp tools and open-source rendering software. The book shows you how to create architectural visuals from your SketchUp models. In no time you'll be creating photo-realistic renders, animated fly-overs, and walkthroughs. You will also create composites of real and rendered images, creating digital and paper presentations to wow clients. For the impatient, a quot;Quickstartquot; tutorial is provided in the first chapter to get you rendering a photo-realistic scene immediately. The rest of the book builds on this knowledge by introducing in-depth concepts, tricks, and methods in an easy-to-follow format through quick tutorials.
What you will learn from this book
* Render ultra-realistic soft shadows from multiple light sources
* Master low polygon modeling techniques that you need to adopt for visualizations
* Work with texturing techniques utilizing PhotoMatch and your own digital photos
* Enhance your models by adding depth of field and other post-process tricks in GIMP
* Learn and implement a fool-proof visualization workflow
* Devise movie-set scenes to digitally photograph your projects
* Enhance your SketchUp scenes by adding lamps, sun, and sky lighting
* Add smooth camera paths for airborne and walk-through animations
* Learn all of the simple tricks to ensure great-looking models when rendered
* Benefit from SketchUp's mind-blowing features and clear your mind of any preconceptions

Site Planning and Design Handbook

Site Planning and Design Handbook
Thomas Russ | McGraw-Hill Professional | July-09 | ISBN: 9780071605588 | Pages: 528 | PDF | 11.35 MB

Essential site planning and design strategies, up-to-date with the latest sustainable development techniques. Discover how to incorporate sound environmental considerations into traditional site design processes. Written by a licensed landscape architect with more than 20 years of professional experience, this authoritative guide combines established approaches to site planning with sustainable practices and increased environmental sensitivity.
Site Planning and Design Handbook, Second Edition explains how to:
*Integrate sustainability into site design
*Gather site data and perform site analysis
*Meet community standards and expectations
*Plan for pedestrians, traffic, parking, and open space
*Use grading techniques to minimize erosion and maximize site stability
*Implement low-impact stormwater management and sewage disposal methods
*Manage brownfield redevelopment
*Apply landscape ecology principles to site design
*Preserve historic landscapes and effectively utilize vegetation

Space Planning for Commercial and Residential Interiors

Space Planning for Commercial and Residential Interiors
Sam Kubba | McGraw-Hill Professional | January 3, 2003 | ISBN: 0071381910 | PDF | 524 pages | 11 MB

An essential underpinning for every subsequent decision in interior design, effective space planning sets the stage for successful interiors. Discover a complete set of tools to help the design professional. Impress clients and expand your expertise with this one-of-a-kind instructional manual and professional toolkit. Space Planning for Commercial and Residential Interiors can help you perform brilliantly on virtually any interior space-planning project. The only professional-level resource available in this field, this reference supplies all the guidance and tools you need to deliver expert results with ease. An essential underpinning for every subsequent decision in interior design, effective space planning sets the stage for successful interiors--interiors that work functionally and please aesthetically. Within these pages, you'll discover how to:
* Allocate space effectively in venues from home offices to airport lounges, retail stores, and hospitals
* Apply tools such as square-foot analyses and bubble and block diagrams, as well as 350 illustrations, including prototype plans and clear details, for optimum design results
* Gather and employ information on human factors
* Handle building-code issues
* Approach technical issues regarding building systems, including building necessities such as utilities, communications, and technical and mechanical fixtures
* Organize a project easily through use of dozens of handy checklists and guidelines
* Score high on space-planning portions of the NCIDQ and NCARB exams

Vernacular Architecture and Regional Design: Cultural Process and Environmental Response

Vernacular Architecture and Regional Design: Cultural Process and Environmental Response
Architectural Press | ISBN: 0750659335 | edition 2009 | File type: PDF | 211 pages | 28,54 MB

Sustainable design requires that design practitioners respond to a particular set of social, cultural and environmental conditions. 'Vernacular Architecture and Regional Design' defines a set of strategies for understanding the complexities of a regional setting. Through a series of international case studies, it examines how architects and designers have applied a variety of tactics to achieve culturally and environmentally appropriate design solutions.
. Shows that architecture and design are inextricably linked to social and environmental processes, and are not just technical or aesthetic exercises.
. Articulates a variety of methods to realise goals of socially responsible and environmentally responsive design.
. Calls for a principled approach to design in an effort to preserve fragile environments and forge sustainable best practice.

Shopping Environments: Evolution, Planning and Design

Shopping Environments: Evolution, Planning and Design
Peter Coleman | Architectural Press | 2006-10-11 | ISBN: 0750660015 | 472 pages | PDF | 176 MB

Shopping centers have become the most common of shopping environments and have influenced the make-up of cities around the world. However, in recent years, the enclosed "mall" has evolved and diversified with new types of retail environments that were developed to better suit their locale and meet public expectation. This design guide has over 600 illustrations that present the core values and considerations that make a successful retail center: location, catchment user needs, as well as access and layout. Covering everything from site master planning to the essentials of public facilities and the technical systems, this is essential reading for architects of contemporary shopping centers. A series of international examples showcasing different types of shopping environments are included to cover the wide range of designs that have occurred in recent years. From the "out of town" mall to retail parks and mixed use town center developments, the best of contemporary design is illustrated to provide both practical information and inspiration.
* A unique and inspirational guide to shopping centre design
* An international range of full colour illustrations explore the key contemporary issues in retail design and planning
* Packed with essential technical information and design detail

Acoustic Detailing for Multi-Storey Residential Buildings

Acoustic Detailing for Multi-Storey Residential Buildings
A. G. Way, G. H. | Steel Construction Institute | ISBN: 1859421539 | 2004 | PDF (OCR) | 44 pages | 1.28 MB

This publication provides guidance on acoustic details for steel framed residential buildings. Special consideration of acoustic performance is required in order to satisfy Part E of the Building Regulations. The acoustic details given in this publication are expected to satisfy the requirements of the Building Regulations as their performance has been assessed based on test results of similar details. Where appropriate, the details presented have been based on Robust Details (RDs) and amended as necessary to increase the scope provided by the RDs. Details are given for the junction of external walls with separating floors and separating walls with separating floors. The floor constructions included are in-situ concrete slabs with shallow profiled metal deck supported on hot-rolled steel sections, in-situ concrete slabs with deep profiled metal deck supported on ASB (Asymmetric Beams) or RHS edge beams and precast concrete units supported on hot-rolled steel sections. The wall constructions included are light steel framing and masonry blockwork. Floating floor treatments (with expected performance values), ceiling treatment options and details for services are also included.

Garden Design

Garden Design
Richard Sneesby, Andrew Wilson, Paul Williams, Andi Clevely, Jenny Hendy | DK Publishing | 2009 | ISBN: 0756642744 | 360 pages | PDF | 118 MB

From the publisher of category-killer garden books including encyclopedias on gardening, perennials, plants and garden plans, here is the only book you will ever need to design your own garden, whether small or large. For beginners or experts and whatever the size of the garden, this reference shows the techniques step by step for tackling every aspect of garden design from planning and planting to simple construction projects.

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Designing Community: Charrettes, Masterplans and Form-based Codes

Designing Community: Charrettes, Masterplans and Form-based Codes
Architectural Press | ISBN: 075066925X | edition 2007 | PDF | 283 pages | 18,90 MB

Greenfield sites around towns and cities, and redevelopment infill sites in existing urban areas often become battlegrounds between the conflicting interests of developers and communities. In America, design charrettes (intensive design and planning workshops) have become widely used as a means of bringing together these divergent groups, using detailed design exercises to establish agreement around a development masterplan. Despite the increasing frequency of their use, charrettes are widely misunderstood and can be misapplied. This book provides a detailed guidance on the proper and most effective ways to use this helpful tool. The book combines charrette masterplanning with the creation of "design-based" codes (also known as "form-based" codes) to control the development's implementation in line with the design and planning principles established during the charrette process.

Sound and Structural Vibration, Second Edition: Radiation, Transmission and Response

Sound and Structural Vibration, Second Edition: Radiation, Transmission and Response
Academic Press | 2007 | ISBN: 0123736331 | 656 pages | PDF | 15,5 MB

This is a reference book for students and engineer involved with vibroacoustics and noise reduction from structures and machinery. This title covers in depth structural radiation and vibration wave theory with classical references. Book exercises with answers provide applications to digest physics elements into long-term scientific and engineering background.