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Form, Space, & Order
Francis D. K. Ching - Sep 29, 2014 (first published in 1979)
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THE CLASSIC ARCHITECTURAL REFERENCE, UPDATED WITH CONTEMPORARY EXAMPLES AND INTERACTIVE RESOURCESFor more than forty years, the beautifully illustrated Architecture: Form, Space, and Order has served as the classic introduction to the basic vocabulary of architectural design. The updated and revised Fourth Edition features the fundamental elements ...
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101 Things I Learned in Architecture School
Matthew Frederick - Aug 31, 2007 (first published in 2006)
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Concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process, and presentation, from the basics of "How to Draw a Line" to the complexities of color theory.This is a book that students of architecture will want to keep in the studio and in their backpacks. It is also a book they may want to keep out of view of their professors, for it expresses in clea...
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Peter Zumthor Thinking Architec
Princeton Arch Staff - Jun 30, 1998
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In order to design a building with a sensuous connection to life, one must think in a way that goes far beyond form and construction. In these essays Peter Zumthor expresses his motivation in designing buildings, which speak to our emotions and understanding in so many ways, and possess a powerful and unmistakable presence and personality. This boo...
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Building Construction Illustrated
Francis D. K. Ching - Oct 01, 2000 (first published in 1975)
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A professional architect presents an update to the classic manual on residential and light construction techniques and includes increased coverage of environmentally friendly materials--plus the latest data on concrete, steel and glazing technology, energy efficiency in buildings, moisture and thermal protection, natural lighting, and masonry. 100+...
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The Architecture Reference & Specification Book
Everything Architects Need to Know Every Day
Julia McMorrough - Jan 09, 2018
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The updated and revised edition of The Architecture Reference & Specification Bookcontains vital information that's essential to planning and executing architectural projects of all shapes and sizes, all in a format that is small enough to carry anywhere. Most architectural standards references contain thousands of pages of details, overwhelmingly ...
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Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture
Robert Venturi - Jan 01, 1977 (first published in 1966)
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First published in 1966, and since translated into 16 languages, this remarkable book has become an essential document in architectural literature. As Venturi's "gentle manifesto for a nonstraightforward architecture," Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture expresses in the most compelling and original terms the postmodern rebellion against t...
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Towards a New Architecture
Le Corbusier - Apr 01, 2014 (first published in 1923)
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For the Swiss-born architect and city planner Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, 1887–1965), architecture constituted a noble art, an exalted calling in which the architect combined plastic invention, intellectual speculation, and higher mathematics to go beyond mere utilitarian needs, beyond "style," to achieve a pure creation of the spirit ...
This thorough documentation of the work of trailblazing Danish firm BIG invites audiences into their processes, methods, and results via the most approachable and populist means of communication available - the cartoon. Published on the occassion of an exhibition at the Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen, 21 February - 31 May 2009....
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The Language of Architecture
26 Principles Every Architect Should Know
Andrea Simitch - Jul 15, 2014 (first published in 2013)
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In order to master the foundation of architecture, you must first master the basic building blocks of its language; the definitions, function, and usage. The Language of Architecture provides students and professional architects with the basic elements of architectural design, divided into twenty-six easy-to-comprehend chapters. This visual referen...
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A Pattern Language
Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure Series)
Christopher Alexander - Dec 31, 1976 (first published in 1977)
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At the core of A Pattern Language is the philosophy that in designing their environments people always rely on certain ‘languages,’ which, like the languages we speak, allow them to articulate and communicate an infinite variety of designs within a formal system which gives them coherence.This book provides a language of this kind. It will enable m...
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Delirious New York
A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan
Rem Koolhaas - Dec 01, 1997 (first published in 1978)
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Since its original publication in 1978, Delirious New York has attained mythic status. Back in print in a newly designed edition, this influential cultural, architectural, and social history of New York is even more popular, selling out its first printing on publication. Rem Koolhaas's celebration and analysis of New York depicts the city as a meta...
A Field Guide to American Houses by Virginia Savage McAlester
World Architecture by Will Pryce
Modern Architecture Since 1900 by William J. R. Curtis
The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton
The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
S M L XL by Rem Koolhaas
Archidoodle by Steve Bowkett
Vitruvius by Vitruvius
The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard
The Eyes of the Skin by Juhani Pallasmaa
Architects' Data by Ernst Neufert
Architectural Graphics by Francis D. K. Ching
The BLDG BLOG Book by Geoff Manaugh
Architect and Entrepreneur by Eric W Reinholdt
The Works by Kate Ascher
The Four Books on Architecture by Andrea Palladio
The New Old House by Marc Kristal
Architecture by Daniel Borden
In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki
Modern Architecture by Kenneth Frampton
Experiencing Architecture by Steen Eiler Rasmussen
Architecture by Marvin Trachtenberg
Archi-Graphic by Frank Jacobus
The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings by Marc Kushner
A Visual Dictionary of Architecture by Francis D. K. Ching
The Story of Buildings by Patrick Dillon
BIG. HOT TO COLD. An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation by Taschen
Architectural Graphic Standards by American Institute of Architects
The Architecture Of Light by Sage Russell
Seeking New York by Tom Miller
Rem Koolhaas. Elements of Architecture by Rem Koolhaas
Architecture of First Societies by Mark M. Jarzombek
Art and Architecture in Mexico by James Oles
Ballpark by Paul Goldberger
The Image of the City by Kevin Lynch
The Architecture of the City by Aldo Rossi
Understanding Architecture by Leland Roth
Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
How Buildings Learn by Stewart Brand
Walkable City by Jeff Speck
Cradle to Cradle by Michael Braungart
Atmospheres by Peter Zumthor
Life Between Buildings by Jan Gehl
Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. by Dan Cruickshank
A Global History of Architecture by Francis D. K. Ching
The Barefoot Architect by Johan van Lengen
The Urban Sketching Handbook by Gabriel Campanario
Design Drawing by Francis D. K. Ching
Architecture by Jonathan Glancey
Manual of Section by Paul Lewis
Constructing Architecture by Andrea Deplazes
The Elements of Style by Stephen Calloway
Operative Design by Anthony di Mari
Cape Cod Modern by Peter McMahon
Introduction to Architecture by Francis D. K. Ching
Graphic Guide to Frame Construction by Rob Thallon
Forensic Architecture by Eyal Weizman
Theory and Design in the First Machine Age by Reyner Banham
Informal by Cecil Balmond
The Splendor of Cuba by Michael Connors
Tadao Ando by Tadao Ando
Drawings and Plans of Frank Lloyd Wright by Frank Lloyd Wright
Architectural Acoustics by David Egan
The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice by American Institute of Architects
Sketching for Architecture + Interior Design by Stephanie Travis
Concise Townscape by Gordon Cullen
The Architecture of Madness by Carla Yanni
Ando. Complete Works 1975-today by Philip Jodidio
Hide and Seek by Sofia Borges
St. Petersburg by Dmitri O. Shvidkovsky
Theorizing a New Agenda for Architecture by Kate Nesbitt
Metric Handbook by Pamela Buxton
The Architecture of Community by Leon Krier
Architectural Principles in the Age of Humanism by Rudolf Wittkower
Kicked A Building Lately? by Ada Louise Huxtable
Sustainable Design by David Bergman
The Interior Design Productivity Toolbox by Phyllis Harbinger
Architecture in Wood by Will Pryce
Architecture of the Sun by Thomas S. Hines
Baroque and Rococo Art and Architecture by Robert Neuman by
Shigeru Ban by Philip Jodidio
Architecture by Clois E. Kicklighter Ed. D.
Architectural Detailing by Edward Allen
Architecture According to Pigeons by Speck Lee Tailfeather
Architecture and Violence by Bechir Kenzari
Isay Weinfeld by Gestalten
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty