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From the publisher: Holding Ground is at once a cautionary tale of urban policies gone wrong and a message of hope for all American cities. In 1985, African-American, Latino, Cape Verdean, and European-American residents in Roxbury, MA united to revitalize their community. The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative went on to gain national recognition as residents fought to close down illegal dumps, gain unprecedented control of land from City Hall and create a comprehensive plan to rebuild the fabric of their community.
From the publisher: The Council of Europe landscape convention was adopted in Florence (Italy) on 20 October 2000 with the aim of promoting the protection, management and planning of European landscape and organising European co-operation in this area. It is the first international treaty covering all aspects of European landscape. It applies to the entire territory of the contracting parties and covers natural, rural, urban and peri-urban areas. It concerns landscapes that might be considered outstanding, commonplace or deteriorated.
By: John Edward Murphy
About this book: This basic level manual will provide a comprehensive understanding of the entire construction contracting process, from the inception of the program to contract closeout.
By: Carolyn Adams et al.
From the publisher: Restructuring the Philadelphia Region offers one of the most comprehensive and careful investigations written to date about metropolitan inequalities in America's large urban regions.
By: Barry Bluestone, Mary Huff Stevenson, & Russell Williams
From the publisher: The Urban Experience provides a fresh approach to the study of metropolitan areas by combining economic principles, social insight, and political realities with an appreciation of public policy to understand how U.S. cities and suburbs function in the 21st century.
By: Dell Upton
From the publisher: In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, burgeoning American cities like New Orleans and Philadelphia seemed increasingly chaotic. Noise, odors, and a feverish level of activity on the streets threatened to overwhelm the senses. Growing populations placed new demands on every aspect of the urban landscape — streets, parks, schools, asylums, cemeteries, markets, waterfronts, and more. In this unique exploration of the early history of urban architecture and design, leading architectural historian Dell Upton reveals the fascinating confluence of sociological, cultural, and psychological factors that shaped American cities in the antebellum years.
By: Stanley D. Brunn, Maureen Hays-Mitchell, and Donald J. Zeigler (editors)
From the publisher: The only text to offer a regional survey of world urban development, this third edition has been fully revised and updated to include new chapter authors, new cities and regions, and an expanded art program. Focusing on the eleven major culture realms of the world, the volume examines each region's urban history, economy, and culture and society, and offers engaging case studies of major representative cities.
By: Emily Talen
From the publisher: The city is more than just a sum of its buildings; it is the sum of its communities. Just as poor urban design can lead to sterile monoculture, successful planning can support the conditions needed for diverse communities. Emily Talen explores the linkage between urban forms and social diversity, and how one impacts the other.
By: Derek S. Hyra
From the publisher: Two of the most celebrated black neighborhoods in the United States—Harlem in New York City and Bronzeville in Chicago — were once plagued by crime, drugs, and abject poverty. But now both have transformed into increasingly trendy and desirable neighborhoods with old buildings being rehabbed, new luxury condos being built, and banks opening branches in areas that were once redlined. In The New Urban Renewal, Derek S. Hyra offers an illuminating exploration of the complicated web of factors — local, national, and global — driving the remarkable revitalization of these two iconic black communities.
By: Paul L. Knox
From the publisher: Decades of economic prosperity in the United States have redefined the American dream. Paul Knox explores how extreme versions of this dream have changed the American landscape. Increased wealth has led America's metropolitan areas to develop into vast sprawling regions of "metroburbia" —fragmented mixtures of employment and residential settings, combining urban and suburban characteristics.
By: Edgar Pieterse
From the publisher: This book is a powerful indictment of the current consensus on how to cope with the hundreds of "mega-cities" of the developing world. These cities are the future, and the problems surrounding this influx of people — slums, poverty, unemployment and lack of governance — have been well-documented. Pieterse argues that the current "shelter for all" and "urban good governance" policies treat only the symptoms of the problem. Instead, he claims, there is an urgent need to reinvigorate civil society in these cities, to encourage radical democracy, economic resilience, social resistance and environmental sustainability folded into the everyday concerns of marginalized people.
By: Shumon Basar (editor)
From the publisher: Are cities from zero — Dubai, for example — universal blueprints of a better world for all of us, or doomed, outdated models of already extinct ideologies? The contributors to this book — architects, critics, and documenters — have responded to the invitation to prise the fact from the fiction, with particular focus on both the gulf emirate of Dubai and the rapid urbanization of China.
By: James Acret, Leon F. Mead, II.
About this book: Whether you're a project owner, construction lender, or a prime contractor determined to protect your project from mechanics liens and stop notices or whether you're a trade contractor, equipment renter, or materials supplier — the crystal clear guidance you'll find in this book will ensure your protection from financial hazards.
By: Development Design Group Incorporated
About this book: This handsome volume charts the trail DDG has blazed, creating hubs of activity where ideas, commerce, dreams and lifestyles converge in new and sensational ways.
By: Robert Sharoff
About this book: A monograph on the work of Lucien Lagrange.
Daniel Libeskind and the Contemporary Jewish Museum: New Jewish Architecture from Berlin to San Francisco
By: Connie Wolf (editor)
About this book: With breathtaking photography, insightful essays, and an illuminating text by the architect, this volume is the first to examine Libeskind's Jewish museums and to feature the architect's vibrant new building in California.
By: Anne-Catrin Schultz
About this book: The new building of San Francisco International Airport offers a recognizable image to arriving and leaving passengers. It is organized over five levels, making it America's first mid-rise terminal. According to Craig Hartman, design architect with SOM, the terminal is founded upon the qualities of light and lightness. The building's position above several lanes of traffic required a 380-foot long span between the central columns — essentially the building is a bridge.
By: Styliane Philippou
About this book: This gorgeously illustrated book explores the development of Niemeyer's extraordinary body of ideas and forms as well as his role in the construction of Brazil's modern image and cultural tradition.
By: Gavin Stamp
About this book: The destruction meted out on Britain's city center during the 20th century, by the combined efforts of the Luftwaffe and brutalist city planners, is legendary. Medieval churches, Tudor alleyways, Georgian terraces, and Victorian theatres vanished forever, to be replaced by a gruesome landscape of concrete office blocks and characterless shopping malls. Now, for the first time, architectural historian Gavin Stamp shows exactly what has been lost.
By: Maurice Howard
About this book: While the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1530s resulted in the destruction of much of England's built fabric, it was also a time in which many new initiatives emerged. In the following century, former monasteries were eventually adapted to a variety of uses: royal palaces and country houses, town halls and schools, almshouses and re-fashioned parish churches. In this beautiful and elegantly argued book, Maurice Howard reveals that changes of style in architecture emerged from the practical needs of construction and the self-image of major patrons in the revolutionary century between Reformation and Civil War.
By: PRP Architects
About this book: Place & Home: The Search for Better Housing comprises essays by Phippen, Randall and Parkes, Barry Munday and Chris Rudolph on PRP's past and current work, as well as texts by commissioned writers on the topics of "place," "building technology" and "home" in architecture. These are interspersed with illustrated case studies of PRP's work with housing associations, local authorities and private developers, in diverse locations including Moscow, La Grande Motte, Manchester, and London.
By: Alexander Von Vegesack et al (editors)
About this book: Full of new discoveries and perspectives for longtime followers of Le Corbusier's work, this book is based on a rich trove of previously unpublished material, and on the latest research. Essays by well-known Le Corbusier experts examine aspects of his work, including the relationship between sculpture and architecture, his work as an interior designer, his fascination with new media and the technical object, and his lifelong interest in Asia.
By: Xin Lu
About this book: Over the past two decades China has grown to become the largest construction market in the world, attracting many architects and urban planners from the West. As a result of this migration, it often happens that cultural and linguistic barriers between onsite experts from Western backgrounds and those from local environs create misunderstandings and stall the pace of execution. The Chinese architect Xin Lu has dealt with such issues firsthand and is especially well positioned to address them: he studied in China and Germany, and is currently working on a Chinese construction project for a German architectural office.
By: Tim Anstey, Katja Grillner, Rolf Hugher (editors)
About this book: Architecture and Authorship comprises 17 essays, encompassing a variety of contemporary and historical case studies, which explore issues of authorship, ownership and "copyright" in architecture. The book documents how, from the fifteenth century onwards, individual architects and movements have endeavoured to maintain their status by defending what they see as their own unique territory — the origins and intentions of their work, and their signature style.
By: Thomas Fisher
About this book: Architectural Design and Ethics offers both professional architects and architecture students a theoretical base and numerous suggestions as to how we might rethink our responsibilities to the natural world and design a more sustainable future for ourselves.
By: Andrea Gleiniger and Georg Vrachliotis (editors)
About this book: When Vitruvius described the architect as a "uomo universale," he gave rise to the architect's conception of him- or herself as a generalist who shapes a complex reality. The architectural concept of complexity, however, failed to keep pace with industrial and social reality, becoming instead an increasingly formal and superficial notion that could ultimately be applied to almost anything. Against it, architectural modernism set the watchword of simplification: "less is more." In this situation, Robert Venturi reintroduced the notion of complexity into architectural discourse: his goal was not just to restore the complexity of architectonic forms and their history but also to explore the concrete reality of the existing built environment. Today it is complexity studies, with their starting point in physics, that define the current approach to the concept of complexity.
By: Peter Mortenbock and Helge Mooshammer (editors)
About this book: Based at Goldsmiths, University of London, Networked Cultures is a collaborative venture between artists, architects and urbanists that investigates the cultural transformations underway in Europe by examining the potential and effect of networked spatial practices. Beginning with the hypothesis that networks have become the defining characteristic of twenty-first century social and spatial organization, this publication traces the development of Networked Culture's multifaceted project.
By: Drue Lawlor, Michael A. Thomas
About this book: The aging population is interested in being able to stay in their homes as they age. Interior designers, architects, and homebuilders are increasingly being asked by clients to design homes or retrofit existing homes to allow for adaptation over time. This is the key reference, endorsed by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), on the topic of residential design for aging in place.
By: Cammy Brothers
About this book: In this engaging and handsome book, Cammy Brothers takes an unusual approach to Michelangelo's architectural designs, arguing that they are best understood in terms of his experience as a painter and sculptor.
By: Bob Sheil (editor)
About this book: Craft, assembly and installation, once the realm of trades, are qualities that are now dependent upon design information and its status as an instruction to make. The ensuing loop between the physical and tactile, the imaginary and speculative, has defined a new expectation in making architecture as a construct that is part real, part ideal.
New Directions in Contemporary Architecture: Evolutions and Revolutions in Building Design since 1988
By: Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi
About this book: This book is a much needed navigation guide for anyone interested in modern architecture. Organised chronologically, it enables you to find your way through one of the most prolific periods of building design. It looks at buildings in often contrasting styles that have been built almost simultaneously across the world with their roots in very different tendencies and schools of thought. A loose but effective framework is provided, which pulls all these multiple threads together, while key buildings are described individually with a unique clarity and precision.
By: Jeanne Halgren Kilde
About this book: Church buildings have been integral to Christianity, and Kilde's important study sheds new light on the way they impact all aspects of the religion. Neither mere witnesses to transformations of religious thought or nor simple backgrounds for religious practice, church buildings are, in Kilde's view, dynamic participants in religious change and goldmines of information on Christianity itself.
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By: Mercedes Daguerre
About this book: Since the early twentieth century, Latin America has been home to some of the most compelling archictecture — from the large-scale and otherworldly civic structures of the Brazilian Oscar Niemeyer to the more intimate work of Mexico's Luis Barragán. In her new book, Mercedes Daguerre shows that this tradition of architectural innovation lives on in the work of such contemporary architects as 2006 Pritzker Prize winner Paulo Mendes da Rocha (Brazil), Mathias Klotz (Chile), Angelo Bucci (Argentina), and LBC Arquitectos (Mexico), among others.
By: Susanna Sirefman
About this book: Residential design provides a rich testing ground for architectural innovation. Intimate scales and specific programs inspire distinctive homes, and comparatively small budgets are catalysts for exploring nontraditional materials. Modern Shoestring proves that building a contemporary house can be affordable and shows how constraints actually stimulate the most creative design solutions.
By: Robin Whalley
About this book: Harold Peto (1854-1933) was one of the most celebrated landscape designers of the Edwardian era. A leading exponent of the ultra-romantic Italianate style so fashionable in the first two decades of the 20th century, he was also influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement. Here, garden historian Robin Whalley's illuminating commentary is brought to life by 200 ravishing photos depicting many of Peto's gardens in their heyday.
By: Alex Wilson
About this book: The 6th edition of GreenSpec Directory includes information on nearly 2,000 green building products carefully screened by the editors of Environmental Building News. Directory listings cover more than 250 categories—from access flooring to zero-VOC paints. Included are product descriptions, environmental characteristics and considerations, and manufacturer contact information with Internet addresses.
By: Josef Kolb
About this book: Every timber construction is determined by its structure. Hence it is essential to know the connections and relationships from the design stage right through to the construction phase. Systems in Timber Engineering takes a whole new approach to this subject. It is a comprehensive, analytical, and visually organized treatment, from the simple single-family house to the large-scale multistore structure. It includes the building envelope, which is so important for saving energy, and systems for ceilings and interior dividing walls, which are so essential from the vantage point of construction.
Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures (ACI 530-05/ASCE 5-05/TMS 402-05): Specifications for Masonry Structures (ACI 530.1-05/ASCE 6-05/TMS 602-05).
Additional Title: Commentary on Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures (ACI 530-05/ASCE 5-05/TMS 402-05).
Additional Title: Commentary on Specifications for Masonry Structures (ACI 530.1-05/ASCE 6-05/TMS 602-05)
By: Masonry Standards Joint Committee
By: Peter Petschek
About this book: The two design elements of landscape architecture are plants and terrain. While the subject of vegetation is well documented by numerous publications, there is a lack of technical literature in the field of grading. This volume fills that gap: History, forms of terrain, basic principles, digital modeling, slope reinforcement systems, construction site implementation, and practical examples — all are treated in detail by the author.
By: S. Keoki Sears, Glenn A. Sears, Richard H. Clough
About this book: For more than thirty years, Construction Project Management by Clough and Sears has been considered the preeminent guide to the Critical Path Method (CPM) of project scheduling. It combines a solid foundation in the principles and fundamentals of CPM with particular emphasis on project planning, demonstrated through an example project. This Fifth Edition features a range of improvements. New pedagogical devices improve absorption of the material. Updated labor, material, and equipment pricing is incorporated into the text. Coverage is enhanced by discussions of contemporary planning and management methods such as Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) and the Earned Value Management System (EVMS).
By: Douglas D. Gransberg
About this book: For nearly two decades, design-build (DB) contracting has become increasingly the method of choice in public and private construction projects. Many designers and builders are now drawn to design-build projects and must alter their business practices to accommodate the changed relationships within DB contracts. Preparing for Design-Build Projects: A Primer for Owners, Engineers, and Contractors is a professional reference that covers the basics of developing a design-build project.
By: G.G. Schierle
About this book: The objective of this book is to introduce structural principles as the foundation of creative design and demonstrate successful application through many case studies. Richly illustrated, the book clarifies complex concepts without calculus yet provides greater insight for readers with mathematics background. The book includes details in wood, steel, masonry, concrete, and fabric.
Green Building: Project Planning & Cost Estimating: A Practical Guide to Materials, Systems & Standards
About this book: This book gives you the whole picture, with the information you need to: identify, compare, and specify green materials and systems; learn about LEED, Energy Star and other recognized rating systems; take advantage of financial incentives and funding resources; determine the cost of green products, and calculate energy savings and payback periods.
By: Gerhard Hausladen, Michael de Saldanha, Petra Liedl
About this book: The facade plays a critical role in the conception of energy- and climate-optimized buildings: it is the building's skin and functions as an interface between interior and exterior space. It provides thermal and sound insulation and ventilation, and controls and guides the entrance of daylight into the building. Climate Skin offers concrete planning advice for architects and engineers who wish to exploit not only the architectural potential of facades but also their energy and climate-control possibilities, treating the building envelope as an essential component within a complete climate-control and technology solution.
By: Craig G. Huntington
About this book: Written by an experienced practitioner of fabric structure design, this book methodically addresses all aspects of the design and construction process. Structural engineers will gain an understanding of shaping, analysis, and design of members and connections; architects will learn the possibilities and limitations in fabric roof form, as well as the means of achieving successful energy, lighting, acoustical, and fire safety performance; the contractors will gain invaluable information related to their fabrication and erection.
By: Adam Mornement
About this book: Following a brief introduction, the book is divided into chapters featuring 40 projects that extend spaces up, down, to the rear, to the side, on the roof, internally, and outdoors. Each case study explains how the architects faced design challenges at the same time as meeting their clients' needs. Details covered include choice of materials, planning issues, time, and cost.
By: Caird Ramsay & Lisle Rudolph
About this book: Landscape & Building Design for Bushfire Areas integrates the latest scientific knowledge about buildings and bushfires with a flexible design approach. The book contains two main sections: 1) Provides a clear description of what happens in a bushfire. It describes the environment in which bushfires occur, how a fire attacks, and how buildings are ignited and destroyed. 2) Sets out a practical design approach to the design of buildings and their immediate surroundings. It presents a range of options for designing the various elements of both landscapes and buildings in bushfire-prone areas.
By: Pamela Lerner Jaccarino (editor)
About this book: Architectural Photographers Sourcebook celebrates the work of men and women whose images have an uncanny ability to breathe life into the skin and skeleton of buildings, articulating design intent with a play of light and shadow. The photographers reveal not only what inspires them, but the creative process that moves them to define angles, capture architectural details, frame interior spaces, and uncover a building's inner workings. This sumptuous collection makes sense of the big picture, documenting site and structure but also honoring the photographer's keen aesthetic eye and appreciation for the architect's vision.