Building Materials
The Generic Sublime: Organizational Models for Global Architecture
The Generic Sublime
Organizational Models for Global Architecture
Hardcover      ISBN: 1940291755
This book stems from a series of studios conducted at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in the departments of architecture, urban planning and design, and landscape architecture. International contributors analyze architectural models for large-scale architecture such as airport hubs, entertainment venues, theme parks, gated communities, and satellite cities. Part 1 explores describing, advocating, and challenging the theory of the generic sublime. Part 2 presents three taxonomies of forms and organizational models, with case studies. Part 3 presents an interview, a glossary, and a set of principles. The book
New Essentialism: Material Architecture
New Essentialism
Material Architecture
Hardcover      ISBN: 1939621801
New Essentialism: Material Architecture examines how architecture engages material to create effect through five critical historical thresholds represented by analytical precedents coupled with projective experimental design project families. Unpacking the fundamental methodologies of their geometric, material, spatial, and effectual sensibilities, each threshold builds an examination that reveals the essential methods and processes of design, illustrating the basis for the argument for a New Essentialism: its characteristics, methods and the sensibilities that mark its definition.
Iron History and Technique
Iron History and Technique
Hardcover      ISBN: 9881997399
1001 Ideas for Stonework: The Ultimate Sourcebook
1001 Ideas for Stonework
The Ultimate Sourcebook
Paperback      ISBN: 1589234596
The natural look and feel of stone is unmatched by any other building or decorating medium. It provides a professional and elegant appearance that is also practical and durable for home interiors and exteriors. Thousands of inspirational photographs inthis book show you how to integrate this prized material into your home. Packed with expert advice on design, materials, budgets, maintenance, and installation, 1001 Ideas for Stone Work is your professional guide to working with stone.
Adobe Houses: Homes of Sun and Earth
Adobe Houses
Homes of Sun and Earth
Hardcover      ISBN: 0789335735
Alluring adobe-brick houses of California here hint at the charms of a bygone age while offering, at the same time, a vision for home today. Adobe residences from the Spanish and Mexican eras were the original California houses. Architects, designers, builders, and homeowners today, as in the past, look to their simple, utilitarian features—such as plain, whitewashed walls, beamed ceilings, and intimate open-air courtyards—and try to emulate their forms to capture the charm of a romanticized past. Leading architects of style movements such as the Spanish Colonial Revival traveled to California and studied its extensive eighteenth and nineteenth century adobes firsthand as the foundation of their education in California architecture. Made of earth and organic matter, such as straw, adobe is among the oldest of building materials and has been used throughout the world. From the 1770s to the present, adobe buildings such as churches, forts (presidios), mills, residences, warehouses, and stores have been a most important and informative part of California’s architectural heritage. Adobe Houses presents twenty-three homes, made from adobe, showing interiors and gardens from these often quiet masterworks, ranging from Casa Boronda of 1817 in Monterey to Casa del Oso, a contemporary manifestation, built in Santa Barbara in 2000 that reveals the intriguing range of possibilities available to us when building in this traditional form today.
Architectural Material & Detail Structure: Advanced Materials
Architectural Material & Detail Structure
Advanced Materials
Hardcover      ISBN: 191059637x
Advanced materials refers to newly developed material with better performance than traditional materials. Things like "power-generating and breathing" membrane structure, "self-cleaning" carbon fiber structure and "energy-saving" photovoltaic panel have been gradually introduced into architectural design,. This book collects a wide range of state-of-the-art materials and discusses their application and future development in architectural design. Each case included is carefully analysed with photos, detailed drawings and informative text. As a practical reference book, it provides readers with a comprehensive understanding about the current application of advanced materials in architectural design.
Architectural Material & Detail Structure: Masonry
Architectural Material & Detail Structure
Masonry
Hardcover      ISBN: 1910596531
Brick and stone have been used in architecture for a long time and are favoured by architects due to their unique properties and characteristics. In recent years, with the development of science and technology, the variety of brick and stone has been extended and updated continuously, which contributes to the distinct architectural features. This book discusses brick and stone in two separate sections, and goes further into detailed classification. The cases are elaborately selected and sorted, each analysed carefully throughphotos, detailed drawings and informative text. Through the summary of state quo and future development of brick and stone's application in architectural design, readers will get a comprehensive new understanding of this material.
Basic Construction Materials
Basic Construction Materials
Hardcover      ISBN: 0135129699

Complete Guide to Alternative Home Building Materials & Methods: Including Sod, Compressed Earth, Plaster, Straw, Beer Cans, Bottles, Cordwood, and Many Other Low Cost Materials
Complete Guide to Alternative Home Building Materials & Methods
Including Sod, Compressed Earth, Plaster, Straw, Beer Cans, Bottles, Cordwood, and Many Other Low Cost Materials
Paperback      ISBN: 1601382456
In the United States alone, the annual construction of over one million new homes causes a very substantial drain on natural resources. Today, approximately 60 percent of the timber cut down in our country is used for building homes. Using alternative home building materials and creating a greener home are about creating better homes that are environmentally friendly, are less expensive in the long run, and create healthier occupants. Unfortunately, many people are unfamiliar with alternative building materials and do not know the first thing about going green. However, The Complete Guide to Alternative Home Building Materials & Methods will teach you everything you need to know about this movement toward natural construction methods. This book will show you how to identify, locate, and effectively use alternative building materials. You will learn about straw bale, cordwood, cob, adobe, rammed earth, light clay, pisé, earthbag, bamboo, earth-rammed tires, cork, wool carpeting, sod, compressed earth, earth plaster, beer cans, bottles, as well as living roofs and more. In addition, you will learn the costs and performance characteristics of these materials and construction techniques for each, as well as how to integrate plumbing and electricity into these unfamiliar materials and substitutes for conventional approaches. You will also learn about the structure, climate control, siting, foundations, and flooring options you gain when using these materials. Also included are the advantages and benefits of alternative building materials for both consumers and builders and the key ecological design principles. Ultimately, you will come to understand that these materials are cheaper, easier to build with, stronger, more durable, and more fire resistant. Architects, designers, students, homeowners, home buyers, owner builders, and those who want to build for a sustainable future will want to read this book. If you are concerned about the environment, want to create a healthier, more enjoyable home, and want to save money, The Complete Guide to Alternative Home Building Materials & Methods will show you how. Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president’s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice. Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed. This Atlantic Publishing eBook was professionally written, edited, fact checked, proofed and designed. The print version of this book is 288 pages and you receive exactly the same content. Over the years our books have won dozens of book awards for content, cover design and interior design including the prestigious Benjamin Franklin award for excellence in publishing. We are proud of the high quality of our books and hope you will enjoy this eBook version.
The Complete Guide to Building Affordable Earth-Sheltered Homes: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply
The Complete Guide to Building Affordable Earth-Sheltered Homes
Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply
Paperback      ISBN: 1601383738
The home, an essential part of the American dream, has been beset by troubles since the beginning of the Great Recession in 2007. Whether from an unstable housing economy, ever-rising energy costs, or the environmental ruin of urban sprawl, the origin and variety of these assaults can be bewildering. Surprisingly, some of the answers to many of these modern-day troubles lie in some of humanity�s most ancient building techniques. Earth-sheltered building has existed since the heyday of Skara Brae in Scotland 5,000 years ago, and is used today by people around the world, from the Yaodong of northwest China to the subterranean residents of Coober Pedy, Australia, and even to converted missile silos in America. If you have ever looked at your power bill in stunned disbelief, if you are interested in green building techniques, or if you want your home to stand out (or hide out), then this book is for you. Contrary to popular misconceptions of being cramped, dark, or dank domiciles, earth-sheltered homes come in a number of different styles, incorporating brilliant techniques designed to bring light and air into the home. With The Complete Guide to Building Affordable Earth-Sheltered Homes, you will learn about the many different types of earth-sheltered homes and their various advantages, including a life span that can be two to three times longer than that of conventional housing, inexpensive building materials, and reduced maintenance costs. Additionally, the energy costs of an earth-sheltered home can be as much as 80 percent lower than a conventional home�s power costs. The book will also examine the different environmental factors that you need to consider when selecting which style to build and how to begin, and carry out, your building process. Some of the factors discussed include the different types of soil and how to adjust to them, the level of precipitation and how to manage runoff, and how to maximize use of natural light sources. Construction experts and earth-sheltered homebuilders have been interviewed and their expertise is included in this guide to help you learn how you can create your own underground home. Details of construction methods are found throughout the book, including tips and advice for planning, excavation, flooring, walls, framing, waterproofing, roofing, drainage, and insulation. You will also learn how to pour your own footings and floor, how to dry stack concrete block walls, how to use post and beam framing, and how to waterproof the membranes. With the information provided in this book, you can start planning and building your own earth-sheltered home in no time so that you, too, can benefit from the natural protection of the earth. If earth-sheltered building is good enough for Bill Gates� $136 million mansion, then it just might be good enough for you too.