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New books and classics, too, on architecture, building, architects, design, construction, design media, and more...

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Architectural Details 2003: Annual Selected Edition from Detail Review of Architecture
Author: Christian Schittich, editor-in-chief
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $89.95
ArchitectureWeek— A compilation from the 2003 editions of Detail magazine, including details and analysis of contemporary architecture and discussions and critiques by leading architects and designers.

Construction Specifications Writing: Principles and Procedures
Author: Harold J. Rosen and John Regener
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $83.26
ArchitectureWeek— Fifth edition of a practical resource for preparing construction specifications. Includes the latest AIA and CSI standards and sections on principles of contract documents, coordination of drawings and specifications, and practical procedures for organizing and producing documents.

Architectural Detailing: Function, Constructibility, Aesthetics
Author: Edward Allen and Patrick Rand
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $54.33
ArchitectureWeek— This edition of the industry standard on architectural detailing includes new sections on analysis and modification of existing details and design of new ones. Revised to address sustainability and to reflect the International Building Code, this edition continues a tradition of delivering reliable information about design details that are water- and airtight, control the flows of heat and water vapor, adjust to movement, age gracefully, are easy to construct, and still look good.

Technical Drawing: Basics
Author: Bert Bielefeld and Isabella Skiba
Publisher: Birkhauser
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $12.55
ArchitectureWeek— This guide for students explains 2D representation throughout all phases of an architectural project, with an emphasis on the development and methodical construction of a technical drawing. Includes detailed instruction on the components of the floor plan, section, elevation, and detail, with examples demonstrating the correct use of line width, dimensioning, hatching, and symbols.

Floor Plan Manual: Housing
Author: Friederike Schneider
Publisher: Birkhauser
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— The third edition of this classic reference manual for the study and practice of residential layouts features 220 new drawings and 110 new photos. Examples include case studies from prominent modern architects such as Ben van Berkel, Caruso St. John, Kazujo Sejima, and MVRDV, and from 20th century masters such as Mies van der Rohe, Louis I. Kahn, Adolf Loos, and Richard Neutra.

Tools of the Imagination: Drawing Tools and Technologies from the Eighteenth Century to the Present
Author: Susan Piedmont-Palladino, editor
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $22.76
ArchitectureWeek— A survey of 250 years of design tools and technologies, revealing how architects have produced drawings, models, renderings, and, now, animations that show us the promise of what might be built. The book includes images of these tools as well as drawings made with them, by Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and I. M. Pei.

Illustrated Building Pocket Book
Author: Roxanna McDonald
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $36.95
ArchitectureWeek— A dictionary of construction vocabulary with a new approach, using visual communication to convey information. Each stage of the building and design process is illustrated with unambiguous, hand-drawn illustrations, labeled with relevant technical terms.

Architectural Graphic Standards
Author: The American Institute of Architects
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $184.88
ArchitectureWeek— Since 1932, Architectural Graphic Standards has been referred to as the "architect's bible." From site excavation to roofs, this book is the place to look for answers to questions about building design and construction. The more than 8,000 architectural illustrations include both reference drawings and constructible architectural details. This new edition includes information on sustainable building design and construction, plus extensive additions and updates to reflect the current state of building design.

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