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Architecture: From Commission to Construction

This book provides an in-depth study of the design and construction processes behind 25 leading contemporary buildings. Covering a broad range of international projects, the book illustrates the working methods and creative concerns of both long-established and emerging international architects. Architecture: From Commission to Construction offers both students and professional architects an inspiring and informative overview of how ...

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Urban Squares as Places, Links and Displays: Successes and Failures

To attract investment and tourists and to enhance the quality of life of their citizens, municipal authorities are paying considerable attention to the quality of the public domain of their cities – including their urban squares. Politicians find them good places for rallies. Children consider squares to be playgrounds, the elderly as places to catch-up with each other, and for many others squares are simply a place to pause for a mo...

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Villard de Honnecourt, architecte du XIIIe siècle

L'Album de Villard de Honnecourt est le seul document personnel que nous ait laissé un architecte du XIIIe siècle. Connu et exploité par les historiens de l'art et de l'architecture dès le XIXe siècle, il a été considéré comme l'œuvre d'un amateur depuis les années 1970. Jean Wirth reprend le problème à partir de l'étude philologique des écritures contenues dans le manuscrit et montre qu'il faut attribuer à Villard les pages dont les...

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Design Informed: Driving Innovation with Evidence-Based Design

The Power of Evidence to Create Design Excellence This practical, accessible book—for design professionals and students alike—is about design excellence and how to achieve it. The authors propose an evidence-based design approach that builds on design ingenuity with the use of research in ways that enhance opportunities to innovate. They show the power of research data to both reveal new design opportunities and convince stakeholders...

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Buildings Are for People: Human Ecological Design

Buildings are for People: Human Ecological Design offers a new approach to the process of conceiving architectural design, one that considers the interactions of the built environment with people and the natural environment. The book exposes our visceral and experiential connections to buildings, and how buildings intervene directly with our ecosystem, natural environment and sense of place. It brings to light our ability to utilize ...

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Exploring Bentley STAAD.Pro V8i (SELECTseries 6)

Exploring Bentley STAAD.Pro V8i (SELECTseries 6) is a comprehensive textbook that has been written to cater to the needs of the students and professionals. The chapters in this textbook are structured in a pedagogical sequence, which makes the learning process very simple and effective for both the novice as well as the advanced users of STAAD.Pro. In this textbook, the author explains in detail the procedure of creating 2D and 3D mo...

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Chinese Vernacular Dwelling: Peoples Daily Life with Their Houses

China has a vast territory and an extremely long history with the natural andcultural environment differing from region to region. Therefore thediversification of Chinese vernacular dwelling is rarely seen in the architecturalhistory of the world. This book has chosen some settlements which arerepresentative and widely spread to introduce basing on the interaction of theliving customs, action characteristics and the space mode of peo...

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Parametricism 2.0: Rethinking Architecture's Agenda for the 21st Century AD

Parametricism is an avant-garde architecture and design movement that has been growing and maturing over the last 15 years, emerging as a remarkable global force. The tendency started in architecture but now encompasses all design disciplines, from urban design to fashion. In architecture, the style has an international following and is currently progressing beyond its experimental roots to make an impact on a broader scale, with pra...

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Living with Heritage in Cairo

The Arab-Islamic city has been always a glamorous urban dream in human cultural memory. This is manifested in Cairo, the world's largest medieval urban system where traditional lifestyles are still implemented. Nevertheless, despite the extensive efforts to preserve Historic Cairo, it is sadly vulnerable. Ahmed Sedky investigates the reasons behind this condition, exploring and comparing regional and international case studies. Quest...

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Rethinking Architecture: A Reader in Cultural Theory

Brought together for the first time - the seminal writing on architecture by key philosophers and cultural theorist of the twentieth century. Issues around the built environment are increasingly central to the study of the social sciences and humanities. The essays offer a refreshing take on the question of architecture and provocatively rethink many of the accepted tenets of architecture theory from a broader cultural perspective. T...