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Folding Techniques for Designers : From Sheet to Form

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Many designers use folding techniques in their work to make three-dimensional forms from two-dimensional sheets of fabric, cardboard, plastic, metal and many other materials. This unique book explains the key techniques of folding, such as pleated surfaces, curved folding and crumpling. An elegant, practical handbook, it covers over 70 techniques explained by clear step-by-step drawings,  crease pattern drawings, and specially commissioned photography.

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The Complete Idiot Guides to FengShui, 2nd Edition

Feng Shui literally translates as “wind-water” in English and is the Chinese art or practice of positioning objects or structures so as to harmonize with spiritual forces. It is based on a belief in patterns of Yin and Yang and the flow of energies (Chi) that have positive and negative effects. The practice commonly influences orientation, placement, or arrangement.  Continue reading The Complete Idiot Guides to FengShui, 2nd Edition

Architecture: Form, Space, and Order, Fourth Edition/ D.K. Ching

Architecture: Form, Space, and Order, Fourth Edition is the classic introduction to the basic vocabulary of architectural design, updated with new information on emerging trends and recent developments. This bestselling visual reference helps both students and professionals understand the vocabulary of architectural design by examining how space and form are ordered in the environment.  Continue reading Architecture: Form, Space, and Order, Fourth Edition/ D.K. Ching

Tony Hunt Structure’s Notebook 2nd Edition

 

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The purpose of the Structures Notebook is to explain, in the simplest possible terms, about the structure of ‘things’, and to demonstrate the fact that everything you see and touch, live in and use, living and man-made, has a structure which is acted upon by natural forces and reacts to these forces according to its form and material. 
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Architecture Design Notebook by A Peter Fawcett

 

Architecture Design Notebook
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focuses on the process of design as pragmatic and non-theoretical. Dealing systematically with the core design curriculum, it clearly demonstrates the skills required for designing at undergraduate level. 

Providing students with fundamental maxims of design, and a framework within which they can approach their work, this book supports undergraduates as they learn to produce solutions to design challenges.  

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The Architect’s Portable Handbook: First-Step Rules of Thumb for Building Design

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Fully updated with the 2009 IBC International Building Code, this practical guide delivers the key data you need in every step of an architectural project–from initial planning and estimating through design and completion. The Architect’s Portable Handbook, Fourth Edition, provides the latest code and cost information, along with a wealth of easy-to-follow diagrams, charts, tables, and checklists for building materials, components, and assemblies. This is a must-have on-the-job companion for every design professional. This book covers the topic on

  • Land planning
  • Grading and drainage
  • Soils
  • Site improvements
  • Landscaping and irrigation
  • Green architecture
  • Concrete
  • Masonry

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Graphic History of Architecture

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What is a hammer-beam roof? Where does a voissoir fit in an arch? What churches did Nicholas Hawksmoor design? Now architecture students and others interested in the history of the built environment can consult a single reference book to find the answers to these and to hundreds of other questions, quickly and in the form most easily comprehended: clear and logical drawings. There are 2000 drawings in this book covering the history of Western architecture from Egypt through Wright, Saarinen, and Fuller. Continue reading Graphic History of Architecture

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

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This is a book that students of architecture will want to keep in the studio and in their backpacks. It is also a book they may want to keep out of view of their professors, for it expresses in clear and simple language things that tend to be murky and abstruse in the classroom. Continue reading 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School