Performance Based Building Design 2: From Timber-framed Construction to Partition Walls
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Performance Based Building Design 2

Just like building physics, performance based building design was hardly an issue before the energy crises of the 1970ies. With the need to upgrade energy efficiency, the interest in overall building performance grew. The term "performance" encompasses all building-related physical properties and qualities that are predictable during the design stage and controllable during and after construction. The term "predictable" demands calcu...

Architecture From the Outside In: Selected Essays
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Architecture From the Outside In: Selected Essays

Architecture and sociology have been fickle friends over the past half century: in the 1960s, architects relied on sociological data for design solutions and sociologists were courted by the most prestigious design schools to lecture and teach. Twenty years later, at the height of postmodernism, it was passe to be concerned with the sociological aspects of architecture. Currently, the rising importance of sustainability in building, ...

Improvised Cities: Architecture, Urbanization, and Innovation in Peru
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Improvised Cities: Architecture, Urbanization, and Innovation in Peru

“This book is an indispensable resource for studying the problems of rapid urbanization and housing in the later twentieth century. Gyger’s multidisciplinary research—in which midcentury anthropological studies and governmental policies figure prominently—not only offers welcome, new historical perspectives but also informs current efforts to create healthy, safe, and just urban environments.”

Straw Bale Building Details: An Illustrated Guide for Design and Construction, Illustrated Edition
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Straw Bale Building Details, Illustrated Edition

This book is a great step-by-step instructions manual for anyone interested in straw bale building and its design science. What I appreciate most is the simple language used to help the reader understand. The content is flexible and in-depth enough for both experienced and new builders alike.

Young Architects 8: Instability
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Young Architects 8: Instability

Instability is the eighth in an annual series of publications that feature the best young architects as selected by the Architectural League of New York in their annual Young Architects competition. This yearcandidates confronted the question of defining their architectural practices in the midst of shaken institutions, weakened states of normalcy, and defunct analytical models. Joining the ranks of notablepast winners, such as Steve...

Architecture of the Off-Modern
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Architecture of the Off-Modern

Svetlana Boym's Architecture of the Off-Modern is an imaginative tour through the history and afterlife of Vladimir Tatlin's legendary but unbuilt Monument to the Third International of 1920. Boym traces the vicissitudes of Tatlin's tower, from its reception in the 1920s to its privileged recall in "the reservoir of unofficial utopian dreams" of the Soviet era. Boym offers an alternative history of modernism, postulating the "archite...

Spatial Planning and Climate Change (Natural and Built Environment Series)
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Spatial Planning and Climate Change (Natural and Built Environment Series)

Spatial planning has a vital role to play in the move to a low carbon energy future and in adapting to climate change. To do this, spatial planning must develop and implement new approaches. Elizabeth Wilson and Jake Piper explore a wide range of issues in this comprehensive book on the relationship between our changing climate and spatial planning, and suggest ways of addressing the challenges by taking a longer-sighted approach to ...

Reconstructing Architecture for the Twenty-first Century: An Inquiry into the Architect's World
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Reconstructing Architecture for the Twenty-first Century: An Inquiry into the Architect's World

This volume is an eloquent and farsighted call for a new approach to thinking about, producing, and inhabiting architecture. Using a richly conceived architectural history as a means for analysing debates that reverberate throughout the arts and human sciences, Anthony Jackson demystifies the myths of the architectural profession and in so doing reveals the way it has arisen out of particular relations of power in a world shifting fr...