Ten Houses 03 - Peter Gluck

Rockport Publishers | February 1997 | ISBN : 1564963144 | PDF | 108 pages | English, Japanese | 40.2 MB

This book represents an extrodianry environmental focus for design. The houses created by the Miller/Hull Partnership display architecture originality combined with a keen knowledge of the northwest. Each house is created in harmony with it's surrounding environment--a beautiful representation of both art and archecture.
The Ten Houses series makes the most important elements of architectural design available to a large and varied audience. Each infinitely useful volume presents one of the world’s foremost architects and features 10 of his or her finest residential works-including presentation, drawings, sketches, and working drawings. These full-color, highly affordable volumes will enhance any library, providing an essential reference for architecture students and individuals looking for home design ideas.

Ten Houses 01 – Alfredo DeVido

Michael J. Crosbie | Rockport Publishers | February 1998 | ISBN : 1564964094 | PDF | 108 pages | English, Japanese | 50.2 MB

The Ten Houses series makes the most important elements of architectural design available to a large and varied audience. Each infinitely useful volume presents one of the world’s foremost architects and features 10 of his or her finest residential works-including presentation, drawings, sketches, and working drawings. These full-color, highly affordable volumes will enhance any library, providing an essential reference for architecture students and individuals looking for home design ideas. Whether Alfredo De Vido Architects is designing townhouses in suburban New York or Brooklyn's historic Landmark District replete with nineteenth century buildings, De Vido creates buildings singular in focus that blend with their surroundings.

Ten Houses 05 - Miller Hull Partnership

Rockport Publishers | 1999-08 | ISBN: 1564964507 | 124 pages | PDF | 37,9 MB

Firm Profile: The Miller/Hull Partnership has built a reputation based on simple, elegant, and authentic designs. The Seattle firm, established in 1977, has pursued a rigorous logic in its design approach, which is based on the belief that architectural programs are best solved directly and efficiently. This rigor has resulted in a body of work that expresses powerful concepts in lyrical form. Founding partners David Miller and Robert Hull, both raised in Washington State, have explored the development of two dominant themes in America's western regional architecture: the need to establish a defined place within the landscape, and the art of rational building. Their attitude toward building in the landscape takes advantage of a mutual inflection in which architecture and landscape seem to need each other for completion. In their residential architecture they attempt to capture the spirit and vitality of the American West by focusing on the tensions between nature and materiality, detail, and structure. Miller/Hull has developed a community-based architecture for a variety of clients ranging from regional government agencies, colleges, and universities to private corporations and residential owners. The have been the recipient of more than seventy national and regional design awards during their first twenty years of practice. Their design work has been frequently published in international journals, has been featured in exhibitions--including two solo shows--and has been the subject of lectures given by the firm's Partners in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Italy.

Ten Houses 04 – Enrique Browne

Oscar Riera Ojeda | Rockport Publishers | August 1997 | ISBN : 1564963918 | PDF | 109 pages | English | 35.3 MB

The Ten Houses series makes the most important elements of architectural design available to a large and varied audience. Each infinitely useful volume presents one of the world’s foremost architects and features 10 of his or her finest residential works-including presentation, drawings, sketches, and working drawings. These full-color, highly affordable volumes will enhance any library, providing an essential reference for architecture students and individuals looking for home design ideas.


TEN HOUSES 02 - Eduardo Souto de Moura

Michael J. Crosbie | Rockport Publishers | 1564963942 | 1997 | PDF | 105 pages | 38 MB


Firm Profile: Born in Oporto, Portugal, in 1952, Eduardo Souto Moura graduated from the Oporto School of Architecture in 1980 where he later taught as an assistant professor until 1991. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Dublin, Zurich, and Lausanne. In 1980, after working with Alvaro Siza since 1974, he established his own practice in Oporto and started designing a vast range of buildings, such as private houses and interior renovations, art galleries, a market in Braga, a cultural center in Oporto, a university building in Aviero, a transport museum in Oporto, a residential block in Oporto, and the conversion of the Mosterio de Santa Maria do Bouro into a state inn.
Other works by Moura include a project for the Ponte dell'Accademia in Venice (Biennale di Venezia), 1985; a hotel in Salzburg, 1987; a project for the Porta dei Colli, Palmero, Sicily (Triennale di Milano), 1987; the exhitibion Um Museu Portugues Serralves in Expo'92 (Sevilha); an installation at the Architektur Forum in Zurich. Moura's work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibited in Portugal, France, Great Britain, Italy, Croatia, the United States, and Switzerland. Moura has won several awards, including the first prize for the SEC cultural center in Oporto, 1981; the first prize for the redesign of Praca do Giraldo in Evora, 1982; the first prize in a competition for a hotel in Salzburg, 1987; the National Secil Award of Architecture, 1992; the International Prize for Stone in Architecture, 1995; and the Annual Award of the Portuguese Department of the International Association of Art Critics, 1996.

Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Volumes 1-10

Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Volumes 1-10
American Scientific | 2004-03 | ISBN 1588830012 | Pages: 10000 | PDF | 380 MB

Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology® is the World's first encyclopedia ever published in the field of nanotechnology. The 10-volume Encyclopedia is an unprecedented single reference source that provides ideal introduction and overview of most recent advances and emerging new aspects of nanotechnology spanning from science to engineering to medicine. Although there are many books/handbook and journals focused on nanotechnology, no encyclopedic reference work has been published covering all aspects of nanoscale science and technology dealing with materials synthesis, processing, fabrication, probes, spectroscopy, physical properties, electronics, optics, mechanics, biotechnology, devices, etc. The Encyclopedia fills this gap to provide basic information on all fundamental and applied aspects of nanotechnology by drawing on two decades of pioneering research. It is the only scientific work of its kind since the beginning of the field of nanotechnology bringing together core knowledge and the very latest advances. It is written for all levels audience that allows non-scientists to understand the nanotechnology while providing up-to-date latest information to active scientists to experts in the field. This outstanding encyclopedia is an indispensable source for research professionals, technology investors and developers seeking the most up-to-date information on the nanotechnology among a wide range of disciplines from science to engineering to medicine.

Planning Using Primavera Project Planner P3

Planning Using Primavera Project Planner P3
Paul E. Harris | 2006 | 85 MB

The book was initially developed as a training course manual but has been enhanced and updated so it may be used as:
A reference manual for those who are looking for a simpler alternative to the “User Manual”.
A self teach book for people who are unable to attend a training course.
As originally intended, for instructors to use as training course manual.
The book is designed to teach planners and schedulers in any industry how to setup and use the software in a project environment to an intermediate level. It explains plain English and in a logical sequence the steps required to create and maintain a schedule. It highlights the sources of information and methods that should be employed to produce a realistic and useful project schedule. It draws on the author’s practical experience in using Primavera software in a wide variety of industries. It presents workable solutions to real day to day planning and scheduling problems and contains practical advice on how to set up the software. It includes exercises, a large number of screen dumps, numerous tips and an index.
The book is aimed at:
Project management companies in industries such as the building, construction, oil & gas, software development, government and defense who wish to run their own training courses or provide their employees with an alternative text to the vendor supplied user manual.
Training organizations who require a training manual to run their own training courses.
People who wish learn the software but are unable to attend a training course but find the software manual reference manual hard going.

Glass Block Decorating Ideas for Every Room

Glass Block Decorating Ideas for Every Room
Pittsburgh Corning Glass | PDF | 1.08 MB

The glass block decorating ebook that will guide you to place glass block in every room such as bathroom, kitchen, living and family rooms, Foyer and Halls, All around your house, building block. Corning Glass Block is much more than just a bright idea! Glass Block from Pittsburgh Corning adds many benefits to your home — such as keeping out unwanted views, energy-wasting drafts and uninvited guests. Glass block benefits: Beauty and versatility, visibility light transmission, security, energy conversation, block and glamorous baths – one guarantees the other. But in the bath, one of the hardest-working rooms in your home, any surface that’s as water-repellent and wipe-clean practical as Pittsburgh Corning Glass Block has a beauty that’s definitely more than skin deep. In Few rooms of your home are the needs for ample light and forgiving surfaces more critical than in your kitchen. Pittsburgh Glass Block gives you both, with the added bonus of its lasting, maintenance-free good looks. Open up the heart of your home to the great outdoors, to adjacent living areas and to the decorating drama of a few dozen — or even just a few — glass blocks from Pittsburgh Corning.

99 Birds Eye View People Images For Architecture Renderings

99 Birds Eye View People Images For Architecture Renderings
JPEG | 89.38 MB

Great collection of people on bird eye view for architectural rendering.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe: The Tugendhat House

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe: The Tugendhat House
Daniela Hammer-Tugendhat, Wolf Tegethoff | Springer | November 24, 1999 | ISBN: 3211830650 | 170 pages | English  | PDF | 10.60 MB

The Tugendhat House in Brno, the Czech Republic, was planned and built by Mies van der Rohe from 1928 to 1930, and is universally regarded not only as one of his masterpieces, but also as one of the most important buildings of European Modern architecture. This monograph on the Tugendhat House presents previously unpublished photographs belonging to the Tugendhat family, showing the house as it was when it was first inhabited. A representative collection of plans and drawings from Mies van der Rohe's atelier are also presented here for the first time. Carefully reproduced photographs of the original furniture in the family's possession, many of which have never been shown, are also included. Essays by Wolf Tegethoff, Franz Schulze, and Ivo Hammer give a detailed analysis of the significance of the Tugendhat House in the context of Mies's oeuvre.

Ken Smith Landscape Architects Urban Projects: A Source Book in Landscape Architecture

Ken Smith Landscape Architects Urban Projects: A Source Book in Landscape Architecture
Nina Rappaport, Jane Amidon | Princeton Architectural Press | 2005-10-27 | ISBN: 156898510X | 176 pages | PDF | 16,5 MB

Ken Smith is unquestionably one of the most interesting voices in landscape architecture; his works reflect the intensity and energy of their surroundings and challenge the distinction between landscape and art form. Ken Smith Landscape Architects/Urban Projects focuses on three prominent works in New York City: his East River Project; his work for P.S. 19; and his MoMA rooftop garden. Through Smith's colorful, playful drawings and photographs, the book reveals how each project explores new expressions of landscape design in the city. Ken Smith Landscape Architects/Urban Projects is part of the Source Books in Landscape Architecture series sponsored by Ohio State University. These books present sketches, drawings, models, renderings, working drawings, and photographs. Each book focuses on a recent, important work or works at a level of detail that allows thorough study of the project from its conception to the completion of design and construction.

Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes: Designing Urban Agriculture for Sustainable Cities

Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes: Designing Urban Agriculture for Sustainable Cities
Andre Viljoen | Architectural Press | Feb 2005 | ISBN: 0750655437 | 304 pages | English | PDF | 9.64 MB

This book on urban design extends and develops the widely accepted 'compact city' solution. It provides a design proposal for a new kind of sustainable urban landscape: Urban Agriculture. By growing food within an urban rather than exclusively rural environment, urban agriculture would reduce the need for industrialized production, packaging and transportation of foodstuffs to the city dwelling consumers. The revolutionary and innovative concepts put forth in this book have potential to shape the future of our cities quality of life within them. Urban design is shown in practice through international case studies and the arguments presented are supported by quantified economic, environmental and social justifications.

Encyclopedia of Materials, Parts and Finishes

Encyclopedia of Materials, Parts and Finishes
Mel Schwartz | CRC | April 29, 2002 | ISBN-10: 1566766613 | 936 pages | English | PDF | 14.60 MB

During the past two decades, higher processing temperatures, more efficient engines at higher temperatures, and the use of a vacuum environment have led to the development of a number of important processing, fabrication, and industrial techniques, resulting in new material forms including: matrix composites, nano- and functionally graded structures, plastics, smart piezoelectric materials, shape memory alloys, intermetallics, ceramics, and fullerenes. The second edition of this encyclopedia covers the new materials that have been invented or modified in recent years and updates information on basic materials as well. Encyclopedia of Materials, Parts, and Finishes, Second Edition brings together in one concise volume the most up-to-date information on materials, forms and parts, finishes, and processes utilized in the industry. There is not a handbook currently on the market that incorporates as much materials information in one volume. The coverage of materials usage extends from the breadth of military and aerospace materials to commercial (aircraft, automotive, electronics) and basic materials (wood, rubber, etc.). Each entry provides thorough, straightforward definitions along with examples of corresponding materials, parts, or finishes. Like its predecessor, this encyclopedia will be an invaluable referencethat belongs on the desk of every materials scientist and engineer.

Great Glass Buildings

Great Glass Buildings
Peter and Jennifer Hyatt | Images Publishing | 2005 | 228 Pages | PDF | RAR | 53 MB

In Great Glass Buildings , Peter and Jennifer Hyatt present fifty exemplary modern projects that explore a number of theories about the nature, mystique and attraction of glass in the architecture of recent years. Variously performing roles that include giftwrap, lightweight armour, transmitter and insulator, glass began its re-emergence as an architectural force during the 1990s, as a symbol of new modernism. Advances in glass-making and construction technology and the advent of structural glazing, fixing systems, glass coatings and waterproof connections have transformed the ambitious dreams of the past into reality. Including projects by Foster and Partners, Murphy Jahn, Santiago Calatrava, Shigeru Ban, Renzo Piano and many others, this book reveals the complex nature of glass in today's architecture.

Turning a Town Around: A Proactive Approach to Urban Design

Turning a Town Around: A Proactive Approach to Urban Design
Anthony Hall | Wiley-Blackwell | January 2008 | ISBN: 9781405170239 | 200 pages | PDF | 11.10 MB

Today’s trend towards the renewal of cities, sociable places, higher standards of architecture and sustainable city centre living is the business of urban design. In Britain, effective urban design is now at the forefront of government policy. However, even when the goals are clear, how do you make a start? If you are a planner, an elected councillor, or a developer what do you have to do on a day-to-day basis? In particular, how do you handle design within the planning process and ensure it is connected to other aspects of policy? How do you maintain this good practice as a matter of course? Tony Hall offers solutions not through idealised prescriptions but by setting out practical action based on what has been achieved on the ground. Uniquely amongst texts on this subject, the book draws upon his combination of both professional and political experience. This accessible and highly illustrated book shows how to:
* focus the organisation on design
* incorporate design principles into policy
* make design briefing effective
* prepare for successful negotiation

The Humane Metropolis - People And Nature in the Twenty-first Century City

The Humane Metropolis - People And Nature in the Twenty-first Century City
Rutherford H. Platt | University of Massachusetts Press | 2006-09 | ISBN: 1558495541 | Pages: 326 | English | PDF | 6.50 MB

Four-fifths of Americans now live in the nation’s sprawling metropolitan areas, and half of the world’s population is now classified as "urban." As cities become the dominant living environment for humans, there is growing concern about how to make such places more habitable, more healthy and safe, more ecological, and more equitable—in short, more "humane." This book explores the prospects for a more humane metropolis through a series of essays and case studies that consider why and how urban places can be made greener and more amenable. Its point of departure is the legacy of William H. Whyte (1917-1999), one of America’s most admired urban thinkers. From his eyrie high above Manhattan in the offices of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Whyte laid the foundation for today’s "smart growth" and "new urbanist" movements with books such as The Last Landscape (1968). His passion for improving the habitability of cities and suburbs is reflected in the diverse grassroots urban design and regreening strategies discussed in this volume. Topics examined in this book include urban and regional greenspaces, urban ecological restoration, social equity, and green design. Some of the contributors are recognized academic experts, while others offer direct practical knowledge of particular problems and initiatives. The editor’s introduction and epilogue set the individual chapters in a broader context and suggest how the strategies described, if widely replicated, may help create more humane urban environments. In addition to Rutherford H. Platt, contributors to the volume include Carl Anthony,  Thomas Balsley, Timothy Beatley, Eugenie L. Birch, Edward J. Blakely, Colin M. Cathcart, Steven E. Clemants, Christopher A. De Sousa, Steven N. Handel, Peter Harnik, Michael C. Houck, Jerold S. Kayden, Albert LaFarge, Andrew Light, Charles E. Little, Anne C. Lusk, Thalya Parilla, Deborah E. Popper, Frank J. Popper, Mary V. Rickel, Cynthia Rosenzweig, Robert L. Ryan, Laurin N. Sievert, Andrew G. Wiley-Schwartz, and Ann Louise Strong. Published in association with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Marquetry

Marquetry
Pierre Ramond | Taunton Press | 1989 | ISBN: 9942391195 | PDF | 218 pages | 56 MB

The English edition of the book which was published originally in French by Pierre Ramond, Professor of Marquetry at L'Ecole Boulle in Paris, and the fore-most teacher and practitioner of the art. The book covers history, the marquetarian workshop, materials, tools, design, preparation, techniques and geometrical marquetry. It is fully illustrated in black and white photos, line drawings and full-colour photos of many classic works of art and cabinetry with masterpieces of Marquetry designs and motifs.

Design for Environmental Sustainability

Design for Environmental Sustainability
Vezzoli, Carlo Arnaldo, Manzini, Ezio | Springer - Zanichelli | 2008 | ISBN: 9781848001626 | 303 p. 142 illus | English | PDF | 7.2 MB

Design for Environmental Sustainability is a technical and operative contribution to the United Nations "Decade on Education for Sustainable Development" (2005-2014), aiding the development of a new generation of designers, responsible and able in the task of designing environmentally sustainable products. Design for Environmental Sustainability provides a comprehensive framework and a practical tool to support the design process. The book offers an organic vision of methodologies, tools and strategies for the integration of environmental requirements into product development. Possible strategies and design guidelines are highlighted, accompanied by a large selection of high-quality environmentally-aware product design case studies. Divided into four parts, the first part covers environmental sustainability and presents the general guidelines that can be followed to reach it. The second part examines the Life Cycle Design approach and the strategies to minimise consumption of resources, select low environmental impact resources, optimise product life span, extend the life of materials, and design for disassembly. The third part presents methods and tools to evaluate the environmental impact of products (e.g., Life Cycle Assessment) and other support tools for the integration of environmental requirements into real design processes. The fourth and final part describes the historical evolution of sustainability, both in design practice and research. Design for Environmental Sustainability is an important text for all students, designers and design engineers interested in product development processes.

Sports Buildings: A Briefing and Design Guide

Sports Buildings: A Briefing and Design Guide
Allan Konya | Butterworth-Heinemann | 1987-03 | ISBN: 0851397611 | Pages: 182 | English | PDF | 20.60 MB














Airport Engineering

Airport Engineering
Norman J. Ashford, Paul H. Wright | Wiley-Interscience | 1992-02 | ISBN: 0471527556 | Pages: 536 | English | PDF | 74.43 MB

This new revised Third Edition of Airport Engineering, the basic classroom text for airport planning and design, shows professionals and students such key essentials as:
The structure and organization of air transport
Forecasting of air transport demand, using both traditional and new methods
Airport systems planning
Airport master planning
Air traffic control, lighting, and signing
Airport capacity and configuration
Passenger terminal
Air cargo facilities
Airport access
Designing for safety
Environmental impact of airports
Reflecting the latest FAA, ICAO, and IATA recommendations and guidelines, and mirroring the changing climate of air travel in the 1990s, Airport Engineering, Third Edition is the single most informative guide to mastering the state of the art in airport engineering and design.

Landscape Ecology: Principles in Landscape Architecture and Land-Use Planning

Landscape Ecology: Principles in Landscape Architecture and Land-Use Planning
Wenche Dramstad, James D. Olson, Richard T.T. Forman | Island Press | 1996-09-01 | ISBN: 1559635142 | English | Pages: 80 | PDF | 41.70 MB

Landscape ecology has emerged in the past decade as an important and useful tool for land-use planners and landscape architects. While professionals and scholars have begun to incorporate aspects of this new field into their work, there remains a need for a summary of key principles and how they might be applied in design and planning. This volume fills that need. It is a concise handbook that lists and illustrates key principles in the field, presenting specific examples of how the principles can be applied in a range of scales and diverse types of landscapes around the world.


Fire Pump Handbook

Fire Pump Handbook
Kenneth E. Isman, National Fire Protection Association, National Fire Sprinkler Association, Milosh T. Puchovsky | Natl Fire Protection Assoc | 1998-06 | ISBN-10: 087765431X | Pages: 486 | English | PDF | 19.57 MB












Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin: Between the Lines

Daniel Libeskind - Jewish Museum Berlin: Between the Lines
Bernhard Schneider, Daniel Libeskind | Prestel Publishing | 1999-05 | ISBN: 3791320750 | Pages: 64 | PDF

This book are discusses very well many details on the Jewish Museum Berlin by Daniel Libeskind. Great photos and floor plans are provided as great visual aids.









Architectural Record - July 2010

Architectural Record - July 2010
PDF | 141 pages | 47 MB | English

Architectural Record is your in-depth guide to contemporary architectural design, practice and technology. Each issue offers detailed perspectives of the most interesting projects from around the world. In addition, comprehensive coverage of noteworthy new products and technology will keep you both informed and inspired.

Urban Design Reader

Urban Design Reader
Matthew Carmona; Steve Tiesdell | Architectural Press | 2007 | ISBN: 0750665319 | English | 384 Pages | PDF | 12.29 MB

Essential reading for students and practitioners of urban design, this collection of essays introduces the 6 dimensions of urban design through a range of the most important classic and contemporary key texts. Urban design as a form of place making has become an increasingly significant area of academic endeavour, of public policy and professional practice. Compiled by the authors of the best selling Public Places Urban Spaces, this indispensable guide includes all the crucial definitions and various understandings of the subject, as well as a practical look at how to implement urban design that readers will need to refer to time and time again. Uniquely, the selections of essays that include the works of Gehl, Jacobs, and Cullen, are presented substantially in their original form, and the truly accessible dip-in-and-out format will enable readers to form a deeper, practical understanding of urban design.
*A compulsory element of all architecture courses, this in an ideal introduction to the classic theories
*Brings together, in one place, the key texts that provide the foundations of this increasingly significant discipline
*Includes a range of writing from the 1960's to contemporary work, ensuring a complete coverage of the development of the subject

Master Handbook of Acoustics, 5th Edition (2009)

Master Handbook of Acoustics, 5th Edition (2009)
F. Alton Everest | PDF | 529 Pages | 6.69 MB

What makes a book a classic? More than anything, a classic book is one that we know and trust, a well-used book with dog-eared covers and underlined passages. Without question, Mr. Everest’s The Master Handbook of Acoustics qualifies as a classic. It was extremely well received when the first edition appeared in 1981,and strong reader demand prompted the preparation of new editions, through the fourth edition in 2001. In fact, the title was the best-selling book on acoustics for over 20 years. The acoustical engineering community grieved when Mr. Everest passed away in 2005 at the age of 95. He was a giant in the field of acoustical engineering, and a great example of the high caliber of engineers of his generation. He will be missed. I was honored when McGraw-Hill asked me to prepare a fifth edition. I had used the Handbook for 25 years, and was well familiar with its value as a teaching text and reference book. Fully cognizant of the challenges of tackling such a project, I agreed to lend a hand. Some readers who are familiar with my book, Principles of Digital Audio, may be surprised to learn that my passion for digital technology is equaled by my enthusiasm for acoustics. I taught courses in architectural acoustics (in addition to classes in digital
audio) for 30 years at the University of Miami, where I directed the Music Engineering Technology program. Throughout that time, I also consulted on many acoustics projects, ranging from recording studio to listening room design, from church acoustics to community noise intrusion. As with many practitioners in the field, it was important for me to understand the fundamentals of acoustical properties, and also to stay current with the practical applications and solutions to today’s acoustical problems. This essential balance was the guiding principle of Mr. Everest’s previous editions of this book, and I have continued to seek that same equilibrium.

The Dynamic Landscape : Design, Ecology and Management of Naturalistic Urban Planting

The Dynamic Landscape : Design, Ecology and Management of Naturalistic Urban Planting
Nigel Dunnet and James Hitchmough | Spon Press - Taylor & Francis Group | ISBN : 0415256208 | PDF | 491 pages | 11.02 MB

The last quarter of the twentieth-century witnessed a burgeoning of interest in ecological or naturally inspired use of vegetation in the designed landscape. More recently a strong aesthetic element has been added to what was formerly a movement aimed at creating nature-like landscapes. The book advances a fusion of scientific and ecological planting design philosophy that can address the need for more sustainable designed landscapes. It is a major statement on the design, implementation and management of ecologically inspired landscape vegetation. With contributions from people at the forefront of developments in this field, in both Europe and North America, it provides a valuable synthesis of current thinking.

Bioclimatic Housing: Innovative Designs for Warmer Climates

Bioclimatic Housing: Innovative Designs for Warmer Climates
Richard Hyde | Earthscan Publications Ltd. | December 2007 | ISBN : 1844072843 | PDF | 477 pages | English | 17.35 MB

In the search for sustainable architecture there is growing interest amongst architects, designers and engineers in the relationship between nature and design. The term ‘bioclimatic’, traditionally relating to the dynamic between climate and living organisms, is applied by the authors in focusing on countries where housing requires cooling for a significant part of the year and presenting both the theory and practice of innovative, low-energy architecture. Having set out new definitions of bioclimatic housing, the book interweaves the themes of social progress, technological solutions and industry developments within a discussion of global and country trends. With case studies from Iran, Malaysia, Australia, Japan, Sri Lanka and Italy, this is a truly international and authoritative work, prepared under the auspices of a 5-year International Energy Agency (IEA) project.

Sustainability at the Cutting Edge: Emerging Technologies for low energy buildings, 2nd Edition

Sustainability at the Cutting Edge: Emerging Technologies for low energy buildings, 2nd Edition
Peter Smith | Architectural Press | April 2007 | ISBN : 0750683007 | PDF | 197 pages | English | 2.70 MB

Sustainability at the Cutting Edge is an essential guide to understanding the future direction of sustainable technology. This fully updated new edition deals not only with current best practice and state of the art case studies, but with the very latest emerging technologies which will transform the relationship between buildings and energy. Professor Smith describes how buildings can be made to significantly reduce their reliance on fossil-based energy by the use of solar and geothermal resources. He also describes a range of renewable energy generating technologies. As sustainable building becomes increasingly essential with the advance of climate change, government legislation and international treaties, this is valuable knowledge for every architect, engineer and designer.
This immensely practical book is packed with useful diagrams, charts and colour photographs to illustrate a variety of the most recent case studies, including the education building, the Core, at the Eden Project in Cornwall. As well as exploring cutting edge developments in photovoltaics (PV) this revised edition also includes the latest data from the 2006 Carbon Trust report on wave and tide, and new material on the latest advances in bioenergy and marine technologies.
Buildings are currently a major part of the carbon emissions problem. This book indicates how they may become part of the solution and covering the following topics :
*Introduces the very latest in practical sustainability techniques
*First point of reference for all architects and engineers who want their designs to be both responsive and cutting edge
*Useful diagrams, graphs and photographs illustrate the diverse technologies being developed to create optimum eco-efficiency in our built environment

Convivial Urban Spaces: Creating Effective Public Spaces

Convivial Urban Spaces: Creating Effective Public Spaces
Henry Shaftoe | Earthscan Publications Ltd. | June 2008 | ISBN : | PDF | 161 pages | English | 13.60 MB

Despite developments in urban design during the last few decades, architects, urban planners and designers often continue to produce areas of bland, commercially-led urban fabric that deliver the basic functional requirements of shelter, work and leisure but are socially unsustainable and likely generators of future problems. Convivial Urban Spaces argues that successful urban public spaces are an essential part of a sustainable built environment. Without them we are likely to drift into an increasingly private and polarized society, with all the problems that ensue.Taking a multidisciplinary approach, this book draws on new primary research, and the literature and theory of environmental psychology and urban design, to advance our understanding of what makes effective public spaces. The result is a practical and clearly presented guide to urban public space for planners, architects and students of the urban environment.

Landscape and Sustainability

Landscape and Sustainability
John Benson | Spon Press | January 2001 | ISBN : 0419250808 | PDF | 423 pages | English | 7.68 MB

This unique book is about landscape, sustainability and the practices of the professions which plan, design and manage landscapes at many scales and in many locations; urban, suburban and rural. Despite the ubiquity of 'sustainability' as a concept, this is the first book to address the relationship between landscape architecture and sustainability in a comprehensive way. Much in the book is underpinned by landscape ecology, in contrast to the idea of landscape as only appealing to the eye or aspiring cerebrally to be fine art. As this book argues, landscape is and must be much more than this; landscape architecture is about making places which are biologically wholesome, socially just and spiritually rewarding. The book argues that the sustainability agenda needs a new mindset among professionals. They need to stop - or postpone - asking first, Is it affordable? Is it beautiful? Is it what the client wants? Is it art? Will my colleagues approve? And instead start asking, first and foremost, Is it sustainable? Or at least, Is it less unsustainable? The chapters of the book move progressively from theory to practice, from the global to the local scale, and from issues of policy and planning through to detailed design and implementation and on to long-term maintenance and management. The contributors raise a complex array of research, policy and professional issues and agendas to contribute to the necessary ongoing debate about the future of both landscape and sustainability.

Waterwise House & Garden: A Guide to Sustainable Living

Waterwise House & Garden: A Guide to Sustainable Living
Allan Windust | Landlinks Press | January 2003 | ISBN : 0643068007 | PDF | 200 pages | English | 5.82 MB

This practical guide shows how we can contribute to conserving water, our most precious resource, in our home and garden. Waterwise House and Garden takes a planned approach to saving water in the home using different household reticulation options including the use of rainwater tanks and recycling greywater. It shows how to eliminate unnecessary watering in the garden by working with nature to create a garden that is both enjoyable and sensitive to the environment. It explains the science behind survival strategies of plants in dry conditions, shows how soil and water interact, and demonstrates how to improve the soil in your garden. Included is an extensive list of native and exotic plants that are tolerant to dry conditions in both tropical and temperate climates. The result is an accessible and informative resource guaranteed to help you reduce the environmental impact of everyday living, and dramatically reduce your household water bill in the process.

Introduction to Urban Housing Design: At Home in the City

Introduction to Urban Housing Design: At Home in the City
Graham Towers | Architectural Press | May 2005 | ISBN : 0750659025 | PDF | 335 pages | English | 9.33 MB

This clear and concise guide is the ideal introduction to contemporary housing design for students and professionals of architecture, urban design and planning. With the increasing commitment to sustainable design and with an ever-increasing demand for houses in urban areas, housing design has taken on a new and crucial role in urban planning. This guide introduces the reader to the key aspects of housing design, and outlines the discussion about form and planning of urban housing. Using chapter summaries and with many illustrations, it presents contemporary concerns such as energy efficient design and high density development in a clear and accessible way. It looks at practical design solutions to real urban problems and includes advice on reclamation and re-use of buildings. The guidance it presents is universally relevant. Part two of the book features current case studies that illustrate the best in high density, sustainable housing design providing the reader with design information, and design inspiration, for their own projects.
Key features include :
*Unique introductory guide to urban housing design
*An accessible text that outlines the current debate on urban planning and presents guidance for design solutions
*Contemporary case studies showcase the best examples for high density housing design

Solar Radiation and Daylight Models, Second Edition: For the Energy Efficient Design of Buildings

Solar Radiation and Daylight Models, Second Edition: For the Energy Efficient Design of Buildings
Tariq Muneer | Butterworth-Heinemann | 2004-07-08 | ISBN: 0750659742 | English | Pages: 392 | PDF | 13.90 MB


The cost of operating a building far exceeds the cost of constructing it, and yet until recently little attention was paid to the impact of solar radiation on the costs of heating, cooling and ventilation. And now that there has been a surge in interest in energy efficiency and solar design, architects and designers need a practical guide to the modelling and application of solar energy data. There are many different models and techniques available for calculating the distribution of solar radiation on and in buildings, and these algorithms vary considerably in scope, accuracy and complexity. This book demonstrates which of these predictive tools gives the best results in different circumstances, including explaining which models can be best used in different parts of the world. The author has had over twenty-five years of experience of dealing with solar energy data from four continents and has used that experience in this book to show the development not just of knowledge but also the growing sophistication of the models available to apply it.

Groundwater Management in Asian Cities: Technology and Policy for Sustainability

Groundwater Management in Asian Cities: Technology and Policy for Sustainability
Satoshi Takizawa Ph.D. | Springer | April 2008 | ISBN : 4431783989 | PDF | 345 pages | English | 7.03 MB

In 2007, the world's urban population surpassed the number of people living in rural areas and is still growing. The number of city dwellers who do not have access to piped water and rely on groundwater is also increasing. In many Asian cities, groundwater is not only the source of domestic water but also an important resource for industrial development, making better management of groundwater resources essential for sustainable development. Because groundwater is easier to access and costs less than water from piped systems, groundwater abstraction cannot be easily regulated. Policies for groundwater management adopted in Japan and other Asian countries are compared, and technologies for efficient use of groundwater are elucidated. Groundwater contamination is also a serious problem that exacerbates water scarcity in Asian cities. Case studies illustrate the cause and consequences of naturally occurring contaminants such as arsenic and fluoride, and groundwater contamination due to anthropogenic contaminants is described. Also discussed are technologies for treating contaminated groundwater to reduce the health risks of drinking contaminated groundwater.

Designing Indoor Solar Products

Designing Indoor Solar Products
Julian Randall | Wiley & Sons | September 2005 | ISBN: 9780470016619 | 198 pages | English | PDF | 3.27 MB

Photovoltaic technology - or the direct conversion of light into electricity - is the fastest growing means of electricity generation today, however it is generally used outdoors. Relatively little attention has been focused on the many obstacles to overcome when designing efficient indoor products. As a result, indoor products are more often than not limited to low power. Designing Indoor Solar Products bridges this gap by showing where AES (Ambient Energy Systems) based on photovoltaic cells may be used for higher power devices.
Motivated by both financial and ecological arguments, this book:
* Co-ordinates a wide-reaching range of scientific information regarding photovoltaic technologies and their application to indoor spaces.
* Analyses power management, power availability, technological selection and design methodologies.
* Uses real-life examples and case studies to demonstrate the arguments made.
* Presents information in such a way as to make it accessible even to engineers with basic electrical knowledge.
Designing Indoor Solar Products pulls together a wealth of information on photovoltaic technologies and their applications. It will be of practical interest to engineers and designers of sensor systems planning on using photovoltaic technology for power, whilst the theoretical approach will appeal to those in academia in the related areas of environmental engineering, sustainable development as well as building and product design.

Dictionary of Engineering 2nd Edition

Dictionary of Engineering 2nd Edition
McGraw-Hill’s | PDF | 5.66 MB

The McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Engineering provides a compendium of more than 18,000 terms that are central to the various branches of engineering and related fields of science. The coverage in this Second Edition is focused on building construction, chemical engineering, civil engineering, control systems, design engineering, electricity and electronics, engineering acoustics, industrial engineering, mechanics and mechanical engineering, systems engineering, and thermodynamics. Many new entries have been added since the previous edition with others revised as necessary. Many of the terms used in engineering are often found in specialized dictionaries and glossaries; this Dictionary, however, aims to provide the user with the convenience of a single, comprehensive reference.

Ventilation for Environmental Tobacco Smoke

Ventilation for Environmental Tobacco Smoke
Brian A Rock Ph.D, P.E. | Butterworth-Heinemann | ISBN-10 : 0123708869 | PDF | 216 pages | 5.5 MB

Odor and irritation play a prominent role in the quality of air when tobacco smoke (ETS) is present within a building. Ventilation for Environmental Tobacco Smoke was written to educate companies about obstructed ventilation systems due to tobacco smoke within their facilities. It is a guide that HVAC designers can use to provide better, more efficient units for ventilate, thus creating higher optimized air quality, comfort, and energy use. Many HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning) designers have few guides to follow for providing efficient systems to handle ETS problems. This design guide primarily focuses on the design structure of units and less on the requirements according to codes and guidelines. With the proper guidance, HVAC designers will be insured to produce a highly efficient system that will reassure companies and clients that they are receiving quality ventilation flow. This guide can be used as an introductory on ETS, as a refresher to those within the HVAC industry, a tool to stimulate more discussion and research, as well as a reference for architects and building owners who are already experienced on ETS concerns.
Featured Contents :
* Presents background information on HVAC
* Provides an overview of what factors affect indoor environmental quality and methods for estimating needed ventilation rates
* Contains design issues and examples for various applications, along with summaries

Faber & Kell's Heating & Air-conditioning of Buildings, 10th Edition

Faber & Kell's Heating &  Air-conditioning of Buildings, 10th Edition
Doug Oughton | Butterworth-Heinemann | 10 edition, September 12, 2008 | ISBN: 0750683651 | PDF | 807 pages | 6.04 MB

For 70 years, Faber & Kell's has been the definitive reference text in its field. The book provides understanding of the principles of heating and air-conditioning of buildings in a concise manner. Practical, applicable information is illustrated with simple, easy-to-use diagrams. This 10th edition includes chapters on sustainability, renewable energy sources as well as information on the updated Approved Documents Part F and L whilst still retaining the structure and character of the previous editions. Building services professionals will find this a reliable everyday source of information. The book is also an ideal purchase for newly-qualified building services students beginning their career.

Building Without Borders: Sustainable Construction for the Global Village

Building Without Borders: Sustainable Construction for the Global Village
Joe Kennedy | New Society Publishers | February 2004  | ISBN : 0865714819 | PDF | 273 pages | 5.58 MB

Building Without Borders describes pioneering efforts to create sustainable shelter for billions currently under-housed. It surveys projects around the world that are housing the homeless without destroying natural habitats to do so, by drawing upon local traditions such as bamboo, straw bale and earthen construction. Highly illustrated and popular in style, it includes case studies, technical information, and the latest thinking on truly sustainable construction, and advocates education and training as the means to empower local peoples to create houses for themselves.
Joseph F. Kennedy cofounded Builders Without Borders, an international consortium of natural builders and architects serving homeless and under-housed populations. He teaches ecological design and natural building at New College of California, and co-edited The Art of Natural Building.

Wind and Earthquake Resistant Buildings

Wind and Earthquake Resistant Buildings
Bungale S. Taranath | PDF | 27.22 MB

An understanding of the behavior of structural systems must be acquired before engineers can effectively design a complex building system. Wind and Earthquake Resistant Buildings describes the typical process of designing a building, from the determination of design loads to the evaluation of its behavior for unusual effects. Chapters cover a broad range of topics, including wind effects, seismic design, traditional and newer types of bracing systems, and the restoration of damaged or seismically vulnerable buildings. The information is presented in a user-friendly format that allows a fundamental understanding of the behavior of steel, concrete, and composite structures.

Reinventing the Workplace, 2nd Edition

Reinventing the Workplace, 2nd Edition
John Worthington | Architectural Press | December 2005 | ISBN : 0750661755 | PDF | 318 pages | 6.57 MB

Incorporating a diversity of practices, cultural and organization change, and new building forms, this book provides ideas, inspiration and analysis of the multitude of ways in which an office space can be designed and utilized. Updated to cope with technological advances, as well as including a new series of case studies on recent Australian, North American and Scandinavian experiences, the contributors draw on a wealth and variety of professional experience to present the best and most innovative solutions for today's office - and tomorrow's workplace.

Design and Equipment for Restaurants and Foodservice: A Management View, 3rd Edition

Design  and Equipment for Restaurants and Foodservice: A Management View, 3rd Edition
Costas Katsigris, Chris Thomas | John Wiley and Sons Inc. | October 2008 | ISBN : 0471762482 | PDF | 624 pages | 9.61 MB

The New Edition of a Favorite Resource! From the decor that helps define the customer's experience, to the steps taken to comply with workplace safety and health regulations, to the capital investments in major equipment,a well-designed foodservice facility blends many different elements into a functional and pleasing whole. Decision-makers who understand these different elements and how they work together will reap the plentiful rewards that come from good design choices in a restaurant or foodservice endeavor. Design and Equipment for Restaurants and Foodservice, Third Edition takes a comprehensive approach to planning and developing a restaurant or foodservice space. This "go-to-guide" encompasses everything from creating a restaurant concept to maintaining a commercial-grade oven, and is unique in its attention to both the front and back of the house.
Revised and updated with the latest foodservice industry trends, this new Third Edition features:
*New and expanded coverage of green design, including energy and water use, recycling and waste streams, smarter use of space, and LEED "green building" principles
*New information on technology use in foodservice
*Coverage of design in the context of industry trends including mobile foodservice, multichain operators, branding concepts, design for smaller spaces, and integrating cook-chill methods for quality control
*Recent developments in equipment technology and equipment purchasing, financing, leasing, and insuring
*The latest updates on topics including sanitation practices, healthier cooking oils, and regulations such as the Americans with Disabilities Act
Clearly organized for learning, and full of such resources as callout boxes, interviews with industry experts, take-away points, and other helpful features, Design and Equipment for Restaurants and Foodservice, Third Edition gives hospitality industry students and working professionals a complete guide to this essential subject.

The Saga of Sydney Opera House: The Dramatic Story of the Design and Construction of the Icon of Modern Australia

The Saga of Sydney Opera House: The Dramatic Story of the Design and Construction of the Icon of Modern Australia
Peter Murray | Routledge | December 2003 | ISBN : 0415325226 | PDF | 146 pages | English | 6.06 MB

Probably the most popular building of the last century, Sydney Opera House is the icon of modern Australia. It has repaid its Au$100 million cost many times over, both as a tourist attraction and as a cultural center; as a brand, it is priceless. The story of its creation is one of both triumph and tragedy: universally loved these days, it was attacked by press and public during its construction. It is a masterpiece of modern architecture, yet Jorn Utzon, its designer, walked out before completion. Opinions are still divided over who was at fault when he resigned after a row with the client in 1966, and the story continues to rouse powerful passions to this day. Now, nearly 40 years later, Utzon has been invited back to oversee the building's refurbishment. Peter Murray's compelling and highly readable biography of the building presents both sides of the story. Using previously unpublished files and papers; Murray has managed to unravel one of the most intriguing architectural controversies of recent times - what really happened when they built Sydney Opera House?

Architect's Essentials of Cost Management

Architect's Essentials of Cost Management
Michael D. Dell'Isola |  John Wiley and Sons, Inc. | April 2002 | ISBN : 047144359X | PDF | 323 pages | English | 5.65 MB

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.

Energy and Environment in Architecture

Energy and Environment in Architecture
Nick Baker | Taylor & Francis | February 2000 | ISBN : 0419227709 | PDF | 178 pages | English | 7.57 MB

This technical guides deals with environmental issues facing every architect at the concept stage of designing a building. Used during the initial design stage, the unique manual design tool, LT Method (2.1), helps the architect determine the energy efficiency of alternative design schemes. It predicts the energy use for lighting, heating, cooling and ventilating. Explaining the principles behind the LT Method, this book will give designers the confidence to develop their own response to energy efficient design. In addition, the book deals with other environmental issues such as noise, thermal comfort and natural ventilation design. A variety of case studies provide a critique of real buildings and highlight good practice.

Sound Insulation

Sound Insulation
Carl Hopkins | Butterworth Heinemann | Aug 2007 | ISBN: 0750665262 | 648 pages | PDF | 7.42 MB

Sound insulation is an important aspect of building performance. This book is a comprehensive guide to sound and vibration theory and its application to the measurement and prediction of sound insulation in buildings. It enables the reader to tackle a wide range of issues relating to sound insulation during the design and construction stages of a building, and to solve problems in existing buildings. The book has been written for engineers, consultants, building designers, students in acoustics, researchers and those involved in the manufacture and design of building products. Key aspects are that it:
* Explains the fundamental theory using examples that show its direct application to buildings
* Guides the reader through the links between measurement and theory
* Explains concepts that are important for the application, interpretation and understanding of guidance documents, test reports, product data sheets, published papers, regulations and Standards
* Makes direct reference to ISO and EN Standards on sound insulation
* Contains a large number of illustrations showing measurements, predictions and example calculations for quick reference.
Carl Hopkins previously worked on building acoustics and environmental noise at the Building Research Establishment. During this time he was involved with sound insulation in research, consultancy, standardization, and building regulations as well as being an advisor on acoustics to government departments. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool within the Acoustics Research Unit of the School of Architecture.

Glass Structures: Design and Construction of Self-supporting Skins

Glass Structures: Design and Construction of Self-supporting Skins
Jan Wurm | Birkhäuser Basel | August 2007 | ISBN : 3764376082 | PDF | 242 pages | English | 29.16 MB

Flat glass opens up more possibilities for the planner than virtually any other material. Because of the technological complexity of using it, however, no specific structural forms have been developed for glass supporting frameworks as they have been for wood, concrete, and steel. This book is thus the first to present a coherent guide to the planning and design of glass supporting frameworks. The focus is on the pressure-resistant, flat supporting element as a basic building block for broad supporting structures. The spatial and constructive forms of multifunctional, self-supporting glass envelopes are vividly illustrated and systematically explained. The constructions presented exhibit new aesthetic qualities, based not on the dictum of "dematerialization” but on the poetry of gleaming and transparent planes. They ring in a new chapter in the history of glass architecture.

Architectural Model as Machine: A new view of models from antiquity to the present day

Architectural Model as Machine: A new view of models from antiquity to the present day
Albert Smith | Architectural Press | November 2004 | ISBN : 0750656344 | PDF | 179 pages | English | 5.14 MB

This book offers an explanation of why scale models are important to the design process. Albert Smith takes the reader through the history and significance of models in architecture from the magic of the Egyptian scale model to the present day. Through this description of the relationship between architecture and the scale model, Smith demonstrates the most effective process between concept and 'machine', between the idea and the final building. The great value of this book is to reveal the nature of the scale model and to unlock the tremendous potential of this design tool as a thinking and communicative advice. His chronological analysis goes on from Egypt through Rome to the relationship between the Greek paradigm scale model and then on to Medieval and Renaissance models. It concludes with the models of the Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi, the Russian constructivists, the American architect Louis Khan and finally looks at the role of scale models in the present day through the work of the Polish/American architect Daniel Libeskind and the American Frank Gehry.
Some of the highlighted features :
*First book to address the question of why and how architects use scale models for projects allowing designers to learn the most effective ways of communicating their ideas through the model medium
*A unique insight into the dynamic thought process of designers through history to the present day to inspire today's practitioners

Building Failures: Diagnosis and Avoidance, 2nd Edition

Building  Failures: Diagnosis and Avoidance, 2nd Edition
W.H. Ransom | Spon Press | December 1987 | ISBN : 0419142703 | PDF | 199 pages | English | 6.49 MB

In recent years building failures and the resulting lawsuits and awards for damages have frequently been in the news. The biggest headlines may have been reserved for structural failures and complete collapses. But we should not forget the less newsworthy failures such as leaky roofs, damp walls, dropped foundations and rotted timber. This book gives practical guidance on the prevention of failure by describing the nature and cause of the most common defects in buildings, and then shows how they should be avoided in design and construction.