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Architecture: The Whole Story
by Jones, Denna

9783791349152Denna Jones (Editor); Richard Rogers (Foreword by); Philip Gumuchdjian (Foreword by)Architecture: The Whole StoryThis latest addition to the Whole Story series offers an encyclopedic and lavishly illustrated survey of architecture throughout human history. Sweeping in reach and exhaustive in detail, Architecture: The Whole Story is an indispensible reference for anyone interested in the evolution of our built environment. Ranging chronologically from the Neolithic period to the sustainability movement of today, it looks at hundreds of examples of structures, their designers, and their contextual significance. Through lively spreads that feature entire buildings as well as close examinations of specific features, this book offers an informed and accessible survey of architecture from every era and continent. Readers will learn about the Egyptian pyramids and Neo-Sumerian tombs, the "lost" city of Machu Picchu, Chinese pagodas, Japanese temples, and much more. The classic Western styles of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque are covered as well as Colonial, Regency, Beaux-Arts, Art Deco, and Utopian, among others. Accompanying the spreads on key buildings by various architects are brief essays addressing major styles and tendencies, while a timeline of significant developments also runs throughout the volume. Smart, practical, and affordable, this book is an incomparable resource that offers all the tools necessary to appreciate the places where we live, work, worship, and recreate. - Description from Syndetics
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Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter
by Kahn, Lloyd

9780936070520Lloyd Kahn (Photographer)Tiny Homes: Simple ShelterThere's a grassroots movement in tiny homes these days. The real estate collapse, the economic downturn, burning out on 12-hour workdays #150; many people are rethinking their ideas about shelter #150; seeking an alternative to high rents, or a lifelong mortgage debt to a bank on an overpriced home. Homes on land, homes on wheels, homes on the road, homes on water, even homes in the trees. There are also studios, saunas, garden sheds, and greenhouses. There are 1,300 photos, showing a rich variety of small homemade shelters, and there are stories (and thoughts and inspirations) of the owner-builders who are on the forefront of this new trend in downsizing and self-sufficiency. You can buy a ready-made tiny home, build your own, get a kit or pre-fab, or live in a bus, houseboat, or other movable shelter. Some cities have special ordinances for building "in-law" or "granny flats" in the back yard. There are innovative solutions in cities, such as the "capsules" in Tokyo. If you're thinking of scaling back, you'll find plenty of inspiration shown by builders, designers, architects, dreamers, artists, road gypsies, and water dwellers who've achieved a measure of freedom and independence by taking shelter into their own hands. - Description from Syndetics
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Architecture of Thailand: A Guide to Traditional and Contemporary Forms
by Nithi Sathapitanon; Mertens, Brian; Freeman, Michael

9780500342237Nithi Sthapitanond; Brian MertensArchitecture of Thailand: A Guide to Traditional and Contemporary FormsA detailed, profusely illustrated survey of Thai architecture with its many styles and forms. Thai architecture has evolved over the years to become a significant cultural art form. With a land area of about 514,000 square kilometers, Thailand is geographically and culturally divided into four regions—North, South, Central, and Northeast—each with its own identity due in part to borders shared with Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Malaysia. This diversity is reflected in all aspects of Thai life, from its customs, language, and beliefs to art and architecture. Close contact with other Asian neighbors such as China, India, Japan, and Vietnam, and Western countries such as Britain, France, Portugal, and the Netherlands, has also had an impact on the development of Thai architecture, which forms an integral part of the cultural landscape. All types of structures are discussed here, from Thai houses to elaborate temples to crematoriums. The reader gets a close look at various sections within a building and its compound before exploring ornamentation in Thai architecture. Different materials used to achieve Thai style are also discussed. In addition to conventional architecture, the book discusses the hybrid forms that reflect the confluence of Thai and Western or other Asian styles. It ends with a look at contemporary Thai architecture and how traditional practices have been adapted to suit modern needs. 800 color illustrations. - Description from Syndetics
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American Architecture: A History
by Roth, Leland M; Clark, Amanda C. R

9780813350073Leland M. Roth; Amanda C. Roth ClarkAmerican Architecture: A HistoryThis widely acclaimed, highly illustrated introduction to the history of American architecture is now fully revised throughout. American Architecture introduces readers to the major developments that shaped the American-built environment from the first Americans to the present, from the everyday vernacular to the high style of aspiration. Significant updates include: A new chapter on the 21st century, detailing the green architecture movement and LEED status architecture, the influence of CAD design on recent architecture, the necessity of sustainable design, the globalization of architecture and international architects, and some of the preservation issues facing architecture today. An expanded section on Native American architecture including contemporary design by Native American architects, expanded discussions on architectural education and training, more examples of women architects and designers, and a thoroughly expanded glossary to help today's readers. A revised and expanded art program, including over 640 black and white images, and a new 32-page, full-color insert featuring over 60 new color images. American Architecture describes the impact of changes in conceptual imagery, style, building technology, landscape design, vernacular construction, and town-planning theory throughout U.S. history. Eleven chronologically organized chapters chart the social, cultural, and political forces that shaped the growth and development of American towns, cities, and suburbs, while providing full description, analysis, and interpretation of buildings and their architects. Accessible and engaging, American Architecture continues to set the standard as a guide, study, and reference. - Description from Syndetics
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Dreaming Green: Eco-Fabulous Homes Designed to Inspire
by Sharkey, Lisa; Gleicher, Paul

9780307395481Lisa Sharkey; Paul Gleicher; Linda Hall (Photographer)Dreaming Green: Eco-Fabulous Homes Designed to InspireFor anyone with eco-friendly ideals as well as a penchant for high style, Dreaming Green showcases seventeen inspiring homes that are at once luxurious, beautiful, and fashioned inside and out with green materials, design, and details. While renovating their Manhattan brownstone, Lisa Sharkey and LEED-accredited architect Paul Gleicher's top priority was to create a home that was light on the earth and completely free of the harmful products that are often found in building and decorative supplies. A sophisticated couple who entertain frequently, Sharkey and Gleicher also demanded a home that was beautiful from the basement to the top floor's sunroom. They sourced stylish and elegant materials, designed small and large spaces for flawless efficiency, and finished the project with responsible yet stunning finds. Dreaming Green features the Sharkey-Gleicher brownstone as well as sixteen other environmentally responsible, impeccably designed residences that will stir readers to reimagine their homes as places that marry responsibility and beauty. From cities and suburbs to the countryside, Dreaming Green showcases places of myriad sizes, shapes, and styles. Each space, with its floors, gorgeous fabrics, nontoxic paints and finishes, wall coverings, furniture, fixtures, use of recycled materials, and other details, is a treasure for the eye and a gift to the earth. What's more, Sharkey and Gleicher highlight unseen design elements that conserve resources, such as passive heating and cooling methods and ideas for low-impact building and renovation, among other innovations. The spaces on display here prove that saving the earth never needs to compromise comfort and elegance. - Description from Syndetics
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Becoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design
by Waldrep, Lee W

9780471709541Lee W. WaldrepBecoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in DesignWhat do architects do? What are the educational requirements for architects? What does an architectural internship involve? How does one become a licensed architect? What is the future of the architectural profession? Get the answers to these key questions in Becoming an Architect . This completely up-to-date guide to today's careers in architecture provides a clear and concise survey of the field and offers advice for navigating a successful career. Filled with interviews and insights from leading architects, the book covers everything from educational requirements and design specialties to registration requirements and the many directions in which a career in architecture can go. - Description from Syndetics
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