How Buildings Work: The Natural Order of Architecture
Oxford University Press, USA | 2005 | 288 pages
– Bogen er så hyggelig at andre end arkitekter vil gide at kigge i den. Den taler i koncepter og helheder. Og jeg synes den er alle tiders. Selvom det er basic stuff så skal det alt sammen ligge på alle arkitekters rygrad.
Architect’s Pocket Book
Architectural Press | 2 edition 2001 | 321 pages
– Det er den lille-store opslagsbog. Alt er mappet ud i skemaer og er mere en opsamling end en pædagogisk vejledning.
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How Buildings Work
Illustrated with hundreds of illuminating line drawings, this classic guide reveals virtually every secret of a building’s function: how it stands up, keeps its occupants safe and comfortable, gets built, grows old, and dies–and why some buildings do this so much better than others. Drawing on things he’s learned from the many buildings he himself designed (and in some cases built with his own hands), Edward Allen explains complex phenomena such as the role of the sun in heating buildings and the range of structural devices that are used for support, from trusses and bearing walls to post-tensioned concrete beams and corbeled vaults. He stresses the importance of intelligent design in dealing with such problems as overheating and overcooling, excessive energy use, leaky roofs and windows, fire safety, and noisy interiors.
He serves up some surprises: thermal insulation is generally a better investment than solar collectors; board fences are not effective noise barriers; there’s one type of window that can be left open during a rainstorm. The new edition emphasizes “green” architecture and eco-conscious design and construction. It features a prologue on sustainable construction, and includes new information on topics such as the collapse of the World Trade Center, sick building syndrome, and EIFS failures and how they could have been prevented. Allen also highlights the array of amazing new building materials now available, such as self-cleaning glass, photovoltaics, transparent ceramics, cloud gel, and super-high-strength concrete and structural fibers. Edward Allen makes it easy for everyone–from armchair architects and sidewalk superintendents to students of architecture and construction–to understand the mysteries and complexities of even the largest building, from how it recycles waste and controls the movement of air, to how it is kept alive and growing.
Architect’s Pocket Book
This handy pocket book brings together a wealth of useful information that architects need on a daily basis – on site or in the studio.
The book is full of tips and tricks of the trade, from complying with the Building Regs, to helping with planning, measurement and detailing. This third edition is fully updated and includes new information and guidance on critical sustainable design issues.
Compact and easy to use, the Architect’s Pocket Book has sold over 40,000 copies. Although conceived as a reference for architects and designers, it is now just as popular with building and design professionals who do not have an architecture background but need to understand the basics, fast.
This is a book you simply can’t afford to be without.
Charlotte Baden-Powell was trained at the Architectural Association in London. She practised architecture for over 40 years, during which time she identified the need for this book, which was first published in 1997.