New Architecture and Urbanism: Development of Indian Traditions
New Architecture and Urbanism: Development of Indian Traditions by Deependra Prashad, Saswati Chetia
2010 | ISBN: 1443818690 | English | 350 pages | PDF | 17 MB

This book on 'New Architecture and Urbanism: Development of Indian Traditions' builds on the contributions from various architects, planners, educationists, decision-makers & others from across the world who gathered together to create a forum for the promotion of traditional processes and techniques for the creation of the built environment. This forum was initiated by INTBAU India, The International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism in India, and supported by The Nabha Foundation.

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Emergent Architectural Territories in East Asian Cities
Emergent Architectural Territories in East Asian Cities by Peter G. Rowe
English | 2011 | ISBN: 3764388153 | 208 pages | PDF | 82 MB

This book presents current developments in city planning and architecture in East Asia. It describes the many neighborhoods in which the regions large cities are modernizing or expanding with innovative structures and advanced construction projects. It combines a typology of public structures with an analysis of the compositional principles of urban environments.

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Experimental Green Strategies: Redefining Ecological Design Research - Architectural Design
Experimental Green Strategies: Redefining Ecological Design Research - Architectural Design by Terri Peters
English | 2011 | ISBN: 047068979X | 136 pages | PDF | 48 MB

Experimental Green Strategies: Redefining Ecological Design Research Guest-edited by Terri Peters
Sustainable design and ecological building are the most significant global challenges for the design profession. To meet new building regulations and national targets for carbon emissions, all future buildings will be judged on their ‘green’ merits.

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Architecture and the Welfare State
Mark Swenarton, Tom Avermaete, Dirk van den Heuvel, "Architecture and the Welfare State"
ISBN: 0415725399, 0415725402 | 2014 | PDF | 360 pages | 15 MB

In the decades following World War Two, and in part in response to the Cold War, governments across Western Europe set out ambitious programmes for social welfare and the redistribution of wealth that aimed to improve the everyday lives of their citizens. Many of these welfare state programmes - housing, schools, new towns, cultural and leisure centres – involved not just construction but a new approach to architectural design, in which the welfare objectives of these state-funded programmes were delineated and debated. The impact on architects and architectural design was profound and far-reaching, with welfare state projects moving centre-stage in architectural discourse not just in Europe but worldwide.

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Architectural Temperance: Spain and Rome, 1700-1759
Victor Deupi, "Architectural Temperance: Spain and Rome, 1700-1759"
ISBN: 0415724392 | 2014 | PDF | 232 pages | 8 MB

Architectural Temperance examines relations between Bourbon Spain and papal Rome (1700-1759) through the lens of cultural politics. With a focus on key Spanish architects sent to study in Rome by the Bourbon Kings, the book also discusses the establishment of a program of architectural education at the newly founded Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid.

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Sun, Wind, and Light: Architectural Design Strategies, 3 edition
Sun, Wind, and Light: Architectural Design Strategies, 3 edition by Mark DeKay and G. Z. Brown
English | 2014 | ISBN: 0470945788 | 432 pages | PDF | 64,6 MB

An updated guide to designing buildings that heat with the sun, cool with the wind, and light with the sky.
This fully updated Third Edition covers principles of designing buildings that use the sun for heating, wind for cooling, and daylight for natural lighting.

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Smart Workshop Solutions: Buiding Workstations, Jigs, and Accessories to Improve your Shop

Smart Workshop Solutions: Buiding Workstations, Jigs, and Accessories to Improve your Shop by Paul Anthony
Publisher: Tau nton Press 2003 | 176 Pages | ISBN: 1561585785 | PDF | 17 MB
What's the best way to get a workshop to work well — no matter its size or how much equipment is in it? Smart Workshop Solutions tells all. It shows woodworkers who want to do more how to do it better with functional shops that meet their needs. Featuring over 200 color photos and drawings, as well as a great selection of well-designed projects, this step-by-step book guarantees that every workshop will be a more efficient, productive — and enjoyable — place to be.

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Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects, 4 edition

Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects, 4 edition by Norbert Lechner
English | 2014 | ISBN: 111858242X | ISBN-13: 9781118582428 | 720 pages | PDF | 152,8 MB  

Sustainable environmental control through building design
Heating, Cooling, and Lighting is the industry standard text on environmental control systems with the emphasis on sustainable design.

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I Can Do That! Woodworking Projects

I Can Do That! Woodworking Projects
English | ISBN: 1558708162 | PDF | 128 pages | 27 MB  

Can Do That! Woodworking Projects shows the absolute beginner how to create twenty quality furniture projects with a modest kit of tools in less than two days of shop time while using only materials that are available at any home center. The enclosed tool manual explains all the tools and shows the reader how to perform the basic operations in a step-by-step format. By replacing much of the complicated joinery common in woodworking with mechanical fasteners (biscuits and pocket screws) the learning curve is greatly reduced, but the quality and appearance of the project remains intact. Projects include storage benches, shelving, chairs, coffee and end tables and more.

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Great Paintings: The World\'s Masterpieces Explored and Explained

Karen Hosack Janes, "Great Paintings: The World's Masterpieces Explored and Explained"
English | ISBN: 075668675X | 2011 | PDF | 256 pages | 81 MB  

A sumptuous, visual guided tour of sixty-six of the world's greatest paintings ranging from works by Zhang Zeduan, a twelfth-century Chinese master, to modern masterpieces by Rothko and Anselm Kiefer. Great Paintings is perfect for anyone interested in learning about the world's most noteworthy artworks.

Arranged chronologically, the story behind each painting is fully explained and examined in unrivaled depth. Artists' biographies and features on historical and social context explore how landmark paintings have been influenced by what has gone before and how they go on to inspire what comes after them.

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Gilles Ronin, "Drawing for Interior Designers"
Publisher: A&C Black | ISBN: 1408129914 | edition 2010 | PDF | 91 pages | 11 mb
  • This book is aimed at helping budding interior designers learn how to draw professional looking interior designs. It is accessible, beautifully illustrated and practical. Guidance is given on drawing perspective, floor plans, drawing furniture and renditions of rooms. Filled with sketches and drawings, this is the ideal guide to producing successful drawings of interior designs.
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Wood Finishing 101: The Step-by-Step Guide

Wood Finishing 101: The Step-by-Step Guide by Bob Flexner
English | 2011 | ISBN: 1440308454 | 128 pages | PDF | 10 MB  

Wood finishing doesn't have to be complicated or confusing. It can be "boiled down" to simple step-by-step instructions. And that's what this book offers; no science, no art, just easily-to-follow directions with lots of pictures to show you every step of the process.

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Structure As Architecture: A Source Book for Architects and Structural Engineers, 2 edition
Structure As Architecture: A Source Book for Architects and Structural Engineers, 2 edition by Andrew Charleson
English | 2014 | ISBN: 0415644593 | ISBN-13: 9780415644594 | 260 pages | PDF | 52,7 MB

Structure as Architecture presents a comprehensive analysis of the indispensable role of structure in architecture. An exploration, as well as a celebration, of structure, the book draws on a series of design studies and case study examples to illustrate how structure can be employed to realize a wide range of concepts in contemporary architecture.

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Yenna Chan - Contemporary Design in Detail: Sustainable Environments

Yenna Chan - Contemporary Design in Detail: Sustainable Environments
2008 | SBN: 1592535046 | 195 pages | PDF | 115 MB  

A visual look at the architectural details of sustainable residential spaces

The Contemporary Design in Detail series takes a highly visual look at architectural design details that are more often dealt with in a technical textbook format. The books take readers on a tour of the best details designed by great architects around the world. The series provides a powerful presentation of the most challenging and evolving architectural and design categories.

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Good Design in China
Good Design in China
Design Media Publishing | 2011 | ISBN: 9881950880 | English | 167 pages | PDF | 41.3 MB

The book is an attempt to introduce Chinese gardens in various cities from unique professional perspectives, demonstrating the exquisiteness of traditional gardens in an effort to present the skilful and elaborate designs. The Chinese gardens presented here are classified in three categories: Traditional Chinese private gardens, Historic Chinese gardens in modern time, and Newly-built Chinese gardens. Traditional Chinese private gardens value harmony between man and nature. They are characterized by delicacy, freedom, exquisiteness, grace and an impressionistic style. Historic Chinese gardens in modern time are mostly set in historical sites or used to be the estate of rich families; now they are renovated to serve contemporary needs, such as clubs, parks, exhibition halls, and restaurants. Newly-built Chinese gardens are actually Chinese gardens built in conformity with the traditional styles. Moreover, they are an innovation of tradition, based on available materials and current technologies to restore the essence of Chinese gardens.

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Design Media Publishing Ltd. | 2011 | ISBN: N/A | English | 287 pages | PDF | 41 MB

With their unity of technology and construction, few architectural projects are as interesting or complex as that of hospital design.This book presents a series of case studies from the last five years, which both illustrate the functional importance of such purpose-built edifices while giving consideration to the aesthetic criteria of the architecture. In this way book explains the essence of hospital design.

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Design Media Publishing Ltd. | 2011 | ISBN: N/A | English | 271 pages | PDF | 40 MB

This book presents recently completed libraries from around the world. Readers will experience how the architects deal with the special functions of the library setting, how they combine architecture and books, and how they reflect local architecture styles. Both architecture and interior design are covered, making this a practical reference for professional architects and interior designers.

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Apartment Buildings Today
Apartment Buildings Today
Links International | 2011 | ISBN: 8492796847 | English | 294 pages | PDF | 76.6 MB

Alvaro Siza, Neutelings & Riedijk, Bevk Perovi, Delugan Meissl and Eduardo Souto de Moura are among the distinguished archiects whose work is featured in this dynamic collection. Centring on residential architecture it considers the finest achievements of the worlds most prestigious architects in recent times. From supremely innovative and avant-garde proposals for new apartment buildings, to those that aim to create residential spaces which adapt to their contents and use we gain valuable understanding of how ideas mutate. Supported by explanatory commentory and accompanied by full colour photographs and floor plans this volume is sure to delight and inspire all those with an interest, lay or professional, in this field of architecture.

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Specifics: Discussing Landscape Architecture
Specifics: Discussing Landscape Architecture By Christiane Sorensen, Karoline Liedtke
2014 | 512 Pages | ISBN: 3868592997 | PDF | 68 MB

Landscape architecture's fundamental task is to uncover and develop the specificity of a site. SPECIFICS emphasizes the differences of qualities of a location and invites to focus and concentrate on significant strategies for research and teaching in view of recent insights and global developments. In this book, scientists, planners, landscape architects, architects, artists, engineers, officials and students from around the world present and discuss innovative approaches and future developments in thinking and designing Landscape within research, teaching, planning and construction.

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Tiny House Living: Ideas For Building and Living Well In Less than 400 Square Feet

Ryan Mitchell, "Tiny House Living: Ideas For Building and Living Well In Less than 400 Square Feet"
ISBN: 1440333165 | 2014 | EPUB, MOBI, PDF | 176 pages | 51 MB  

Tiny homes are popping up across America, captivating people with their novel approach not only to housing, but to life. Once considered little more than a charming oddity, the tiny house movement continues to gain momentum among those who thirst for a simpler, "greener," more meaningful life in the face of society's "more is better" mindset.

This book explores the philosophies behind the tiny house lifestyle, helps you determine whether it's a good fit for you, and guides you through the transition to a smaller space. For inspiration, you'll meet tiny house pioneers and hear how they built their dwellings (and their lives) in unconventional, creative and purposeful ways. They'll invite you in, show you around their cozy abodes, and share lessons they learned along the way.

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Vernacular Heritage and Earthen Architecture
Vernacular Heritage and Earthen Architecture By Mariana Correia
2013 | 896 Pages | ISBN: 1138000833 | PDF | 314 MB

In a continuously changing world, there has been a growing interest in the protection of vernacular heritage and earthen architecture. The need to protect and enhance this fragile heritage via intelligent responses to threats from nature and the environment has become evident.

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Architecture: Form, Space, and Order, 4th Edition
Architecture: Form, Space, and Order by Francis D. K. Ching
2014 | ISBN: 1118745086 | English | 464 pages | PDF | 57 MB

The revered architectural reference, updated with contemporary examples and interactive 3D models
An access card with redemption code for the online Interactive Resource Center is included with all new, print copies or can be purchased separately. The Interactive Resource Center includes an expanded library of images that provide ample visual confirmation of the interplay between theory and practice, and readers are encouraged throughout the book to look critically at the built environment to promote a more evocative understanding of architecture. By encouraging critical thought, simplifying timeless design principles, and providing flawless visual reference, Architecture has become a classic resource for both students and professionals. The online Interactive Resource Center, also contains animations, interactive exercises, and other learning resources tied to the book.

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Jan Ruhtenberg - Come Here Architekt
Jan Ruhtenberg - Come Here Architekt
Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art | 2013 | ISBN: N/A | English | 58 pages | PDF | 23.7 MB

Simply put, Jan Ruhtenberg is the greatest architect you've never heard of. His accomplishments are astonishing: an apprentice and colleague of Mies van der Rohe during his most significant projects; a close confidant of Philip Johnson who helped introduce modernism to America; a man who escaped Nazi Germany to design projects for Herman Miller, Greta Garbo, Nelson Rockefeller and the Swedish Royal Family. However, as Jan approached the pinnacle of his profession, he was outed as a gay man in conservative 1950's America. Jan's commissions disappeared and he all but vanished from the history of modern architecture. This exhibition begins a process of reintroducing the world to one of its great architects and designers. Curated by Vess von Ruhtenberg and Jeremy Efroymson.

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Autodesk Roadway Design for InfraWorks 360 Essentials: Autodesk Official Press
Autodesk Roadway Design for InfraWorks 360 Essentials: Autodesk Official Press by Eric Chappell
2014 | ISBN: 111891595X | English | 172 pages | PDF | 3 MB

Learn the fundamentals of Roadway Design for InfraWorks and InfraWorks 360
Autodesk Roadway Design for InfraWorks 360 Essentials offers engineers a hands-on guide that includes straightforward explanations and real-world exercises to demonstrate the software's features and functions. This indispensible book is filled with compelling screenshots that illustrate the steps needed to get up to speed with InfraWorks and InfraWorks 360, both of which give users the power to accelerate the roadway design process and streamline decision making. The book offers specific guidance for creating new designs, and includes information on how to best use the powerful module-specific tools and functions, such as intersection optimization and sightline analysis for safety.

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Form+Code in Design, Art, and Architecture
Form+Code in Design, Art, and Architecture By Chandler Casey Reas
2010 | 176 Pages | ISBN: 1568989377 | PDF | 58 MB

The last decade has witnessed a proliferation of artists whose primary medium is software. Algorithmic processes, harnessed through the medium of computer code, allow artists to generate increasingly complex visual forms that they otherwise might not have been able to imagine, let alone delineate. The newest volume in our Design Brief series Form+Code in Design, Art, and Architecture is a non-technical introduction to the history, theory, and practice of software in the arts. Organized into themes linked to aspects of code—repetition, transformation,parameters, visualization, and simulation—each of the book's sections contains an essay, code samples, and numerous illustrations. An accompanying website ( features code samples in various programming languages for the examples in the book. An ideal introductory text for digital design and media arts courses, this unique primer will also appeal to students and professionals looking for a survey of this exciting new area of artistic production.

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