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The New Structuralism: Design, Engineering and Architectural Technologies

Today the convergence of design, engineering and architectural technologies are breeding a new material practice in experimental architecture. In this pioneering publication, this important shift is fully defined as a highly dynamic synthesis of emerging principles of spatial, structural and material ordering integrated through the application of materialization and fabrication technologies. Providing the foundations for a new theory...

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Architectural Design in Steel

Steelwork offers the opportunity for architectural expression, as well as being structurally versatile and adaptable material. Good detailing is vital because it affects structural performance, costs, buildability and, perhaps most importantly, appearance. Whilst the choice of the structural form is often the province of the structural engineer, architects should have a broad appreciation of the factors leading to the selection of th...

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EcoRedux: Design Remedies for an Ailing Planet

This issue of AD explores the remarkable resurgence of ecological strategies in architectural imagination. As a symptom of a new sociopolitical reality inundated with environmental catastrophes, sudden climatic changes, garbage-packed metropolises and para-economies of non-recyclable e-waste, environmental consciousness and the image of the earth re-emerges, after the 1960s, as an inevitable cultural armature for architects; now face...

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Chinese Gardens

The book is an attempt to introduce Chinese gardens in various cities from unique professional perspectives, demonstrating the exquisiteness of traditional gardens in an effort to present the skilful and elaborate designs. The Chinese gardens presented here are classified in three categories: Traditional Chinese private gardens, Historic Chinese gardens in modern time, and Newly-built Chinese gardens. Traditional Chinese private gard...

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Grandios gescheitert: Misslungene Projekte der Menschheitsgeschichte

Atlantropa, Hitlers Breitspurbahn oder Esperanto - immer wieder schwingt sich die Menschheit zu Großem auf und greift mit ehrgeizigen Projekten nach den Sternen. Doch nicht alles führte zum Erfolg. Bernd Ingmar Gutberlet versammelt die spektakulärsten Geschichten des Scheiterns und zeigt die aberwitzigsten Großvorhaben aus Architektur, Technik und Kultur. Die Vorhaben sind jedes für sich genommen einzigartig, manche bewunderungswürdi...

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Construction Techniques In South And Southeast Asia: A History

Carefully following their historical development, this volume describes the various construction techniques in southern Asia. Readers get acquainted successively with the techniques of carpentry layout, the setting of bricks, stone-cutting and stereotomy, as well as binders and plasterwork. With the help of drawings and photographs it is illustrated how the various difficulties subsequently encountered were met. The combination of th...

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Earth-Sheltered Houses: How to Build an Affordable Underground Home

An earth-sheltered, earth-roofed home has the least impact upon the land of all housing styles, leaving almost zero footprint on the planet. Earth-Sheltered Houses is a practical guide for those who want to build their own underground home at moderate cost. It describes the benefits of sheltering a home with earth, including the added comfort and energy efficiency from the moderating influence of the earth on the home’s temperature (...

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New Waterscapes: Planning, Building and Designing with Water

After decades of being banished from residential areas, water is now becoming an increasingly significant feature in urban design. Whether it is the integration of natural water courses into the built environment rainwater management, the incorporation of water elements in urban areas for climatic purposes or the creation of oases of tranquility or drama such as pools or fountains all these aspects are not only encountering renewed i...

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New Health Facilities: Architectural Design

Hospitals and health centers are a unique category of architecture with clearly defined characteristics. Health architecture must offer imaginative, constructive responses and flexible solutions to the problems raised by this special and flexible solutions to the problems raised by this special type of facility: planning, budgets and space as well as the idiosyncrasies arising from each particular field of health. New Health Faciliti...

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Color - Communication in Architectural Space

Colors are an element of both the natural and the man-made environments. They convey messages of all kinds and perform a wide variety of functions, informing, organizing, warning. But they also serve an aesthetic purpose, affecting the statement, effect, and acceptance of objects and spaces. While peoples reactions to color vary widely, in design questions it is still possible to establish generally valid color concepts to match the ...