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The Art of Natural Building-Second Edition-Completely Revised, Expanded and Updated: Design, Construction, Resources
The Art of Natural Building-Second Edition-Completely Revised, Expanded and Updated
Design, Construction, Resources
Paperback      ISBN: 0865717710

The original, complete, user-friendly introduction to natural building, now fully revised and updated

The popularity of natural building has grown by leaps and bounds, spurred by a grassroots desire for housing that is healthy, affordable, and environmentally responsible. While there are many books available on specific methods such as straw-bale construction, cob, or timber framing, there are few resources which introduce the reader to the entire scope of this burgeoning field.

Fully revised and updated, The Art of Natural Building is the complete and user-friendly introduction to natural building for everyone from the do-it-yourselfer to architects and designers. This collection of articles from over fifty leaders in the field is now stunningly illustrated with over two-hundred full-color photographs of natural buildings from around the world. Learn about:

  • The case for building with natural materials, from the perspectives of sustainability, lifestyle, and health
  • What you need to know to plan and design your own beautiful and efficient natural home
  • Explanations of thirty versatile materials and techniques, with resources on where to go for further information on each
  • How these techniques are being used to address housing crises around the world.

Clearly written, logically organized, and beautifully illustrated, The Art of Natural Building is the encyclopedia of natural building.

Joseph F. Kennedy is a designer, builder, writer, artist, educator, and co-founder of Builders Without Borders. Michael G. Smith is a respected workshop instructor, consultant, and co-author of the best-selling book The Hand-Sculpted House . Catherine Wanek is a co-founder of Builders Without Borders and author/photographer of The Hybrid House and The New Straw Bale Home .

Fire Spaces: Design Inspirations for Fireplaces and Stoves
Fire Spaces
Design Inspirations for Fireplaces and Stoves
Hardcover      ISBN: 076431694x

Warning: This book will make you want to include a fireplace or stove in almost every room in your home, and the yard too The beauty, alluring warmth, and technological ease and cleanliness of today's hearth products make having a fire faster, easier, safer, and more enticing than ever. This book illustrates the allure, with more than 400 gorgeous color images. It's easy to find your style, visiting hundreds of homes and experiencing the way that they have incorporated fire spaces into their living spaces. There has never been a book like this, with so many wonderful images of fireplaces and stoves. Most are shown within room settings, helping you to envision a fireplace as part of your overall decor. Plus, there's an enormous gallery of close-up images showing fireplace and stove details. You'll have trouble choosing just one

Victorian Gothic Designs
Victorian Gothic Designs
Paperback      ISBN: 0916144828

These superb ornaments in the form of columns, plinths, borders, friezes and cornices are from period books meant to be used by artists and craftsmen as well as architects. Dragons and gargoyles abound -- the very stuff of Victorian Gothic.

Science Spaces Architecture & Design
Science Spaces Architecture & Design
Hardcover      ISBN: 3866540310
Source Book of American Architecture: 500 Notable Buildings from the 10th Century to Present
Source Book of American Architecture
500 Notable Buildings from the 10th Century to Present
Paperback      ISBN: 1568980256

The Architecture of the United States, GE Kidder Smith's 1981 three-volume masterwork, was hailed as the most comprehensive and insightful overview of the architectural heritage of this country. Princeton Architectural Press is proud to introduce an updated version of this extraordinary resource-long out of print-in a single volume, the Source Book of American Architecture. No similar encyclopedia of American architecture exists. Kidder Smith examines our nation's architecture from its earliest days to the present, ranging from cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde to Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House in Chicago to James Ingo Freed's Holocaust Museum in Washington. This critical, chronological survey of 500 of America's most distinguished buildings provides a unique overview of the thousand-year architectural development of the United States. Indispensable in the library, it also serves as a splendid guide for the tourist.

More Mobile: Portable Architecture for Today
More Mobile
Portable Architecture for Today
Paperback      ISBN: 1568987587

The allure of mobile, portable architecture is worldwide and centuries old. From the desert tents of the Bedouin to thesilvery capsules of the Airstream trailer, mobile architecture has inspired designers with its singular characteristics of lightness, transience, and practicality. In More Mobile, the follow-up to her groundbreaking 2002 book Mobile, Jennifer Siegal explores the ever-growing range of possibilities of portable, demountable structures. From serious Refuge Wear to the playful Bar Rectum and the practical Kunsthallen, More Mobile explores the working methods and finished work of the most exciting contemporary designers and presents today's most dynamic, active mobile structures in beautiful color images, detailed drawings, and thoughtful text. Contributors include Studio-Orta, Dr Wapenaar, Andrea Zittel, Andrew Maynard, Andreas Vogler, Horden Cherry Lee Architects, N55, Atelier Bow-Wow, Mark Fisher Studio, MMW, LOT-EK, and the Office of Mobile Design. A foreword by Jude Stewart discusses life on the move, while an introduction by William J. Mitchell considers the house as a robot in which to live.

Ice Architecture
Ice Architecture
Hardcover      ISBN: 3938780592

Glaciers, snow and perpetual ice have always fascinated human beings; this is reflected in the exceptional architecture of frigid regions. The task of building in the coldest parts of the world represents both a bare necessity and a special challenge. Thi

Rise Tectonic Machines!: Construct the Exigent City!
Rise Tectonic Machines!
Construct the Exigent City!
Hardcover      ISBN: 194180604x

The book is a collection of drawings, models, and prototypes, which represent the author's progress in making a humanitarian building-making machine for use in re]constructing environments of displacement. As an introduction to the project, the author assembles an architectural program (purpose) for such a device. Short text essays touch upon:
- Conditions in IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) Camps that warrant automated building systems.
- The need for emergency city-making as means of housing displaced urban peoples.
- The lack of architecture/design in environments of displacement.
- The advantages of systems-based approaches to emergency housing as compared to drop-in-place structure solutions.
- A history of architectural instrumentation and tectonic machines which includes common devices such as the manual block press, and uncommon technologies such as Thomas Edison's Monolithic Pour formwork system.

As an introduction to the machine specifically, the author demonstrates that formwork systems have evolved over centuries to become mobile/animated systems capable "climbing" and "flying". The writing makes a correlation between his digi-mechanical, formwork for humanitarian construction efforts, and the evolution of automated building systems in Japan - where building-making machines have evolved into animated tools developed to save and transmit cultural/ritual craft techniques. Ultimately, the goal of the author's Tectonic Machine work is an embodied mechanical synthesis of our sophisticated/precise building technologies, conjoined with our human building practices, which are essentially cultural/ritual in nature.
Low-Tech Light-Tech High-Tech: Building in the Information Age
Low-Tech Light-Tech High-Tech
Building in the Information Age
Paperback      ISBN: 3764363290

This book looks at the challenges facing architects and urban planners in contemporary society. It analyzes current trends, future scenarios and solutions from the past, providing detailed information on what it means to build in a sustainable, ecologically sound way, whilst making full use of the technology which we now have at our fingertips. Previously available as a hardcover but now out of print, it is being reprinted as a special softcover edition.

What Is Architecture?: An Essay on Landscapes, Buildings, and Machines
What Is Architecture?
An Essay on Landscapes, Buildings, and Machines
Paperback      ISBN: 0262691663

British architect and critic Paul Shepheard is a fresh new voice in current postmodern debates about the history and meaning of architecture. In this wonderfully unorthodox quasi-novelistic essay, complete with characters and dialogue (but no plot), Shepheard draws a boundary around the subject of architecture, describing its place in art and technology, its place in history, and its place in our lives now. At a time when it is fashionable to say that architecture is everything--from philosophy to science to art to theory--Shepheard boldly and irreverently sets limits to the subject, so that we may talk about architecture for what it is. He takes strong positions, names the causes of the problems, and tells us how bad things are and how they can get better. Along the way he marshals some unlikely but plausible witnesses who testify about the current state of architecture. Instead of the usual claims or complaints by the usual suspects, these observations are of an altogether different order. Constructed as a series of fables, many of them politically incorrect, What is Architecture? is a refreshing meditation on the options, hopes, possibilities, and failures of shelter in society.