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How Architecture Works: A Humanist's Toolkit
How Architecture Works
A Humanist's Toolkit
Paperback      ISBN: 0374534829
An award-winning writer and professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania provides tools to understanding the beauty, art and function in architecture through descriptive visits to opera houses, museums, war memorials and a private retreat. 20,000 first printing.
Archidoodle: An Architect's Activity Book
Archidoodle
An Architect's Activity Book
Paperback      ISBN: 1780673213
This innovative book is the first to provide a fun, interactive way to learn about architecture. Filled with an array of beautiful and elegant drawings, it poses all manner of architectural challenges for the user: from designing your own skyscraper, to drawing an island house or creating a Constructivist monument, plus many others more. Aimed at anyone who loves drawing buildings, it encourages the user to imagine their own creative solutions by sketching, drawing and painting in the pages of the book. In so doing, they will learn about a whole range of significant architectural issues, such as the importance of site and materials, how to furnish a space, how to read plans, how to create sustainable cities and so on. The book also includes numerous examples of works and ideas by major architects to draw inspiration from and will appeal to everyone from children to students to architects.
Hok Tall Buildings
Hok Tall Buildings
by Hok
Paperback      ISBN: 1941806228
HOK Tall Buildings is a visually engaging, accessible reference guide highlighting some of the world's most innovative tall buildings. Written by global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm HOK, the book features creative conceptual designs, projects under construction and built high-rises worldwide. Throughout the book, central themes guiding the design of these tall buildings begin to emerge. These include a focus on creating high-performance, sustainable, iconic, efficient and mixed-use structures that increase the density of urban environments. The global teams at HOK excel at designing intelligent, high-performance tall buildings that become symbols of their time and place. HOK Tall Buildings chronicles the firm's best recent designs for high-rises around the world, including: - In Saudi Arabia, an iconic centerpiece that anchors a new office district. - In Azerbaijan, a flame-inspired trio of towers that transforms Baku's skyline. - In South Korea, an iconic residential gateway to the neighborhoods of Incheon's dynamic northern district. Each high-rise profiled in the book is designed to blend human need with environmental stewardship, value creation, sense of place, and science and art. Gain insight into the minds and approaches of HOK's global design teams as you peruse floor plans, sketches, renderings and photographs of dozens of dynamic tall buildings. Learn how an integrated design process enables teams to solve profound functional and technical challenges while igniting the imagination. Discover how designers of tall buildings can balance internal functions with the external demands of site, climate, and culture to create memorable, sustainable structures that enrich people's lives.
The Metapolis Dictionary of Advanced Architecture: City, Technology and Society in the Information Age
The Metapolis Dictionary of Advanced Architecture
City, Technology and Society in the Information Age
Hardcover      ISBN: 8495951223
In the format of a selective dictionary of cross-referenced terms, Metapolis identifies a new architectural will within the contemporary social and cultural panorama. It contributes to a global vision of the emerging new architectural action that participates in "advanced culture" and visual art disciplines and technology. The book speaks of an architecture inscribed in the information society and influenced by the new technologies, the new economy, environmental concerns and individual interests. The diversity of authors and works is invaluable for the generational intersections in theory discourse. Featuring Manuel Gausa, Vicente Guallart, Willy Müller, Federico Soriano, José Morales, Fernando Porras, Iñaki balos y Juan Herreros, José Alfonso Ballesteros, Xavier Costa, Enric Ruiz-Geli, Alejandro Zaera Polo.
Carlos Ferrater: Office of Architecture in Barcelona
Carlos Ferrater
Office of Architecture in Barcelona
Paperback      ISBN: 8492861231
With the publication of the book Synchronizing Geometry, in 2006 the baseline of a typical OAB theoretical discourse was established in which a series of projects under development or construction stressed the importance of a theoretical background in the professional practice of architecture. A few years later, this book arrives showing the work carried out and now going into more depth on the direction and approach of Ferrater / OAB. It also analyses and reflects on the career of Carlos Ferrater, as well as the results of the development of a new office involving a group of young architects, including family members. The book explains how from experience and the examination and manipulation of some complex geometries a critical and theoretical vision of reality is established, assuming at all times rigour, social roots, landscape and construction. For this reason, the book also reveals how the activity of OAB is not only developed in the execution of construction projects, but how it is also complemented and enriched by going into depth in other fields such as teaching and academic research. This book illustrates how, from over 35 years experience on Carlos Ferrater's part, and the emergence and participation of a group of young architects ( such as Xavier Martí Galí, Lucia and Borja Ferrater, Nuria Ayala, Alberto Peñín etc. ), a new concept of professional office has taken shape.
Soft Shells: Porous and Deployable Architectural Screens
Soft Shells
Porous and Deployable Architectural Screens
Paperback      ISBN: 9063692692
- By Sofia Vyzoviti, author of Folding Architecture (40.000 copies sold) - includes more atttractive imagery then her previous books.
Why Buildings Stand Up: The Strength of Architecture
Why Buildings Stand Up
The Strength of Architecture
Paperback      ISBN: 0393306763
Traces the development of architectural structure, ranging from the nomad's simple tent to the Sears Tower
Greening Asia: Emerging Principles for Sustainable Architecture
Greening Asia
Emerging Principles for Sustainable Architecture
Paperback      ISBN: 9810701160
The central argument of this book is that, despite the current trend to embrace Green, an urgent rethink is needed in the way that Asia builds. The hard truth about Green buildings today is they are products of fragmented and cautious approach. They not do enough to mitigate impact nor do the conventions of Greening address the diverse needs of the region and its people. Asia must get past the current do-less-harm, market-driven approach towards truly sustainable outcomes. Greening Asia: Emerging Principles of Sustainable Architecture reports on over 30 recent projects in Asia that go beyond Green. The author
The New Ecological Home: A Complete Guide to Green Building Options
The New Ecological Home
A Complete Guide to Green Building Options
Paperback      ISBN: 1931498164
An overview of green home-building techniques, materials, products, and technologies, written for home buyers, builders, architects, and contractors and intended to help avoid common problems when building green. It discusses the principles of green building and why they are desirable; covers logistical aspects of building such as site selection, i
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.