Norwegian Wood: The Thoughtful Architecture of Wenche Selmer
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Norwegian Wood: The Thoughtful Architecture of Wenche Selmer

Whether set along the picturesque coast of Norway or in its remote mountains and forests, architect Wenche Selmer's wooden cabins and houses blend effortlessly into their surroundings. Combining local building traditions with modern conveniences, her designs evoke Norway in all its rugged beauty and smart Scandinavian pragmatism. Just looking at these cabins is an invitation to sit down at the lovingly designed dining table for a hea...

Artificial Light: A Narrative Inquiry into the Nature of Abstraction, Immediacy, and Other Architectural Fictions
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Artificial Light: A Narrative Inquiry into the Nature of Abstraction, Immediacy, and Other Architectural Fictions

"Beautifully written and illustrated with stunning photographs, Keith Mitnick's debut feature "Artificial Light" successfully weaves together the narratives of architectural criticism and great storytelling. Offering new perspectives on architecture through the lens of autobiographical notes that seem to fathom the fine distinction between authenticity and artificiality, this little book is a fresh take on critical theory, addressing...

Performance Based Building Design 1: From Below Grade Construction to Cavity Walls
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Performance Based Building Design 1

Just like building physics, performance based building design was hardly an issue before the energy crises of the 1970s. 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 calcula...

Bamboo Fences
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Bamboo Fences

Bamboo has emerged as the building material of choice for the twenty-first century. Designers in every fieldfrom architecture to aeronauticsare discovering ever more innovative uses for the miracle plant. Five times stronger than concrete and flexible enough to be woven like silk, bamboo has for millennia been an indispensable necessity of life for cultures around the world. Botanically classified as a grass, it is one of the fastest...

Architectures of Survival : Air War and Urbanism in Britain, 1935–52
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Architectures of Survival : Air War and Urbanism in Britain, 1935–52

Architectures of survival is an original and innovative work of history that investigates the relationship between air war and urbanism in modern Britain. It asks how the development of airpower and the targeting of cities influenced perceptions of urban spaces and visions of urban futures from the interwar period into the Cold War, highlighting the importance of war and the anticipation of war in modern urban history. Airpower creat...

Network Practices: New Strategies in Architecture and Design
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Network Practices: New Strategies in Architecture and Design

The twin revolutions of the global economy and omnipresent Internet connectivity have had a profound impact on architectural design. Geographical gaps and, in many cases, architecture's tie to the built world itself have evaporated in the face of our new networked society. Form is now conceptualized by architects, engineers, and artists as reflexive, contingent, and distributed. The collected essays in Network Practices capture this ...

Next Generation Infrastructure: Principles for Post-Industrial Public Works
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Next Generation Infrastructure: Principles for Post-Industrial Public Works

The 2007 bridge collapse in Minneapolis-St. Paul quickly became symbolic of the debilitated interstate highway system—and of what many critics see as America’s disinvestment in its infrastructure. The extreme vulnerability of single-purpose, aging infrastructure was highlighted once again when Hurricane Sandy churned its way across the northeast United States. Inundating New York City’s vital arteries, floodwaters overwhelmed tunnels...

Building Enclosure in Hong Kong
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Building Enclosure in Hong Kong

This book examines in detail the external walls of buildings in Hong Kong. It is organized into two parts. The first part of the book presents readers with various factors such as technology and sustainability that affect the design of external walls. The twenty case studies in the second part illustrate a range of external wall designs in current trends that take account of both environmental and aesthetic issues. This book will be ...

Andrea Deplazes, "Constructing Architecture: Materials, Processes, Structures"
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Constructing Architecture: Materials, Processes, Structures

"Wer braucht also dieses Buch? Wenn Studenten es gelesen haben, sollte sie keine Klausur mehr schrecken, und außerdem hätten sie, neben den technischen Tricks, auch den Sinn der ganzen Sache begriffen. Dass das Buch lesenswert ist und es Spaß macht, darin zu stöbern, macht es auch für andere empfehlenswert." Bauwelt

Origins of Form: The Shape of Natural and Man-made Things - Why They Came to Be the Way They Are and How They Change
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Origins of Form: The Shape of Natural and Man-made Things - Why They Came to Be the Way They Are and How They Change

Origins of Form is about the shape of things. What limits the height of a tree? Why is a large ship or office building more efficient than a small one? What is the similarity between a human rib cage and an airplane or a bison and a cantilevered bridge? How might we plan for things to improve as they are used instead of wearing out? The author has chosen eight criteria that constitute the major influences on three-dimensional form. T...