Courtyard Housing: Past, Present and Future
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Courtyard Housing: Past, Present and Future

Courtyard housing is one of the oldest forms of domestic development spanning at least 2000 years and occurring in distinctive form in many regions of the world. Traditionally associated with the Middle East where climate and culture have given shape to a particular type of courtyard housing, other examples exist in Latin America, China and in Europe, where the model has been reinterpreted. This book demonstrates, through discussions...

Building Shanghai: The Story of China's Gateway
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Building Shanghai: The Story of China's Gateway

A great authority book on the subject. Have previously devoured Peter Hibbard's "The Bund: Shanghai China faces West" and loved the detailed history of the Bund buildings. This book is an even broader version of Shanghai in the same vein, albeit an earlier publication than Hibbard's offering,

The Fifty Dollar and Up Underground House Book
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The Fifty Dollar and Up Underground House Book

Mike Oehler has created a visionary style of underground architecture that is unparalled to any before him in this timeless book. Mike has lived underground in his self made house for over twenty years. He is a brilliant man that lives a simple life in a very much confused world.

Sufi City: Urban Design and Archetypes in Touba
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Sufi City: Urban Design and Archetypes in Touba

This book represents a major contribution to the literature on Sufism in an African context. It addresses how the Murid movement interacted with modernity, Islam, Sufism and African traditions to create a world-accepting synthesis that finds physical form in the modern city of Touba -- an autonomous part of Senegal. I read this book early on, and I assure all readers that it is worth the investment and that it is one of those rare bo...

Environment, Technology and Sustainability, Volume 2 (Technologies of Architecture)
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Environment, Technology and Sustainability, Volume 2

This second volume in the Technologies of Architecture series– the only series of books tuned to the architectural technology syllabus– explores the environmental influences on building design. Looking particularly at sustainable building, a holistic view is taken, so that the influence of any one set of choices on other areas – such as the trade-off of daylighting against thermal insulation, or the balance needed between heating and...

Building (in) the Future: Recasting Labor in Architecture
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Building (in) the Future: Recasting Labor in Architecture

There is no denying the transformational role of the computer in the evolution of contemporary architectural practice. But does this techno-determinist account tell the whole story? Are humans becoming irrelevant to the overall development of the built environment? Bulding (in) the Future confronts these important questions by examining the fundamental human relationships that characterize contemporary design and construction. Thirty...

Tank rider: into the Reich with the Red Army
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Tank rider: into the Reich with the Red Army

Honest and irrepressibly frank, these are the dramatic memoirs of a Russian officer on the Eastern Front, where he played his part in a clash of titans and witnessed the shuddering collapse of the Third Reich. The cataclysmic battle of Kursk in 1943 put an end to Hitler's hopes of victory on the Eastern Front, and it was Evgeni Bessonov's first battle. From then on the Germans were forced into a long, bitter retreat that ended in the...

The Formation of the Sunni Schools of Law, 9Th-10th Centuries C.E (Studies in Islamic Law and Society, V. 4)
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The Formation of the Sunni Schools of Law, 9Th-10th Centuries C.E

The Sunni schools of law are named for jurisprudents of the eighth and ninth centuries, but they did not actually function so early. The main division at that time was rather between adherents of ra'y and ḥadīth. No school had a regular means of forming students. Relying mainly on biographical dictionaries, this study traces the constitutive elements of the classical schools and finds that they first came together in the early tenth...

The Sustainable City IV: Urban Regeneration And Sustainability
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The Sustainable City IV: Urban Regeneration And Sustainability

Urban areas produce a series of environmental problems arising from the consumption of natural resources and the consequent generation of waste and pollution. These problems contribute to the development of social and economic imbalances. All these problems, which continue to grow in our society, require new solutions. This book addresses the many inter-related aspects of the urban environment from transport and mobility to social ex...

In Detail: Solar Architecture
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In Detail: Solar Architecture

In the very near future energy-efficient building will cease to be the exception but will be the rule. Whether insulating glazing, multifunctional facades or organic solar cells, there have been important new developments in the areas of solar thermal technology, photovoltaics, heating and ventilation technology which can make a significant contribution to the conservation of natural resources in sustainable building. They are suitab...