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Architectural Acoustics Design Guide
Author: James P. Cowan, Editor
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Year: 2000
Amazon Price:
ArchitectureWeek— Practical design guidance for solving acoustical problems in concert halls, open-plan offices, residential communities near airports, and more.

Skyscrapers!: Super Structures to Design & Build
Author: Carol A. Johmann
Publisher: Williamson Publishing Company
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $10.36
ArchitectureWeek— Amateur architects, ages 8-14, can learn about designing and building skyscrapers through a series of hands-on learning activities, interspersed with information about notable highrises.

Bridges: Amazing Structures to Design, Build & Test
Author: Carol A. Johmann and Elizabeth J. Rieth
Publisher: Williamson Publishing Company
Year: 1999
Amazon Price: $9.32
ArchitectureWeek— Descriptions of bridges all around the world and the construction techniques used to build them. Hands-on activities for aspiring engineers and architects ages 7-14.

Simplified Design of Concrete Structures (Parker/Ambrose Series of Simplified Design Guides)
Author: James Ambrose, Patrick Tripeny
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $64.55
ArchitectureWeek— Now in its eighth edition in 60 years, this handbook covers all the latest, commonly used concrete systems, practices, and research, updated to conform to current building codes, design practices, and industry standards. It includes a wealth of illustrations, expanded text examples, exercise problems, and glossary.

The Architect's Studio Companion: Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Design
Author: Edward Allen and Joseph Iano
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $48.73
ArchitectureWeek— A design resource for architects and builder, now in its fourth edition. It is revered as a reliable tool for the preliminary selecting, configuring, and sizing of the structural, mechanical, and egress systems of a building. The authors reduce complex engineering and building code information to simple approximations for schematic design.

Integrated Buildings: The Systems Basis of Architecture
Author: Leonard R. Bachman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $96.00
ArchitectureWeek— Explains the practice of integration as bridging the gap between design intentions and technical demands of building projects, with analytic methods, technical guidelines, and examples from recent architectural history.

The Art of Structural Design: A Swiss Legacy
Author: David P. Billington (Editor), Jameson W. Doig (Contributor)
Publisher: Yale University Press
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— This book brings together for the first time the work of four Swiss engineers and their teachers who form an impressive group of twentieth century structural artists: Wilhelm Ritter (1847–1906), Robert Maillart (1872–1940), Othmar Ammann (1879–1965), Pierre Lardy (1902–1956), Heinz Isler (b. 1926), and Christian Menn (b. 1927). Generously illustrated, this book features many newly commissioned photographs, including images of important new structures such as the Charles River Bridge in Boston, completed by Menn in 2002. David P. Billington is Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of the Program in Architecture and Engineering at Princeton University.

Engineering Architecture: The Work of Fazlur R. Khan
Author: Yasmin Sabina Khan
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $37.12
ArchitectureWeek— The structural engineer responsible for Chicago’s John Hancock Center and Sears Tower, Fazlur R. Khan (1929–1982) pioneered structural systems for high-rise design that broadened the palette of building forms and expressions available to design professionals today. Through detailed examination of projects at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, this study of Khan’s career provides insight into architectural and engineering practice. Yasmin Sabina Khan, Fazlur Khan’s daughter, has degrees in civil engineering and structural engineering/structural mechanics and has designed multistory buildings on both coasts.

Mechanics and Meaning in Architecture
Author: Lance LaVine
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $30.00
ArchitectureWeek— An exploration of technology's role in architecture and, in turn, humanity's understanding of nature.

The Soundscape of Modernity: Architectural Acoustics and the Culture of Listening in America, 1900-1
Author: Emily Thompson
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $22.76
ArchitectureWeek— In this history of aural culture in early-twentieth-century America, Emily Thompson charts dramatic transformations in what people heard and how they listened. What they heard was a new kind of sound that was the product of modern technology. They listened as newly critical consumers of aural commodities. By examining the technologies that produced this sound, as well as the culture that enthusiastically consumed it, Thompson recovers a lost dimension of the Machine Age and deepens our understanding of the experience of change that characterized the era.

Petronas Towers: The Architecture of High Construction
Author: Cesar Pelli and Michael J. Crosbie
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— The story of the design and construction of the world's tallest buildings, located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Prefab Prototypes: Site-Specific Design for Offsite Construction
Author: Mark Anderson and Peter Anderson
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $39.44
ArchitectureWeek— Prospective homebuilders around the world are gravitating to prefabrication as an environmentally responsible and cost-effective way to achieve affordable, well designed houses. The authors explain six systems, including panelized wood framing, sandwich paneling, steel framing, timber framing, concrete systems, and modular systems. Each chapter describes the benefits and drawbacks of a system and features plans, sections, and photographs of built projects.

Hydraulic Structures
Author: P. Novak, A.I.B. Moffat, C. Nalluri, and R. Narayanan
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $60.61
ArchitectureWeek— This is a comprehensive introduction to the structural aspects of hydraulics: dam engineering, the design and construction of embankments, dam outlet works, hydroelectric power development, and pumping stations, with expanded material on strength and compressibility, air transport tunnels, dam-break analysis, and coastal engineering.

Details in Contemporary Architecture
Author: Christine Killory and Rene Davids
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $40.95
ArchitectureWeek— Through case studies of recent work by David Chipperfield, Herzog and de Meuron, Morphosis, ShoP, and other prominent architects, this book demonstrates how complicated design problems have been solved with details — both common and exotic — to achieve beautiful, functional, innovative, sustainable, and economical results.

Building: 3,000 Years of Design, Engineering and Construction
Author: Bill Addis
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $50.15
ArchitectureWeek— An encyclopedic survey of the history of building construction and civil engineering explaining the structures of the Parthenon, Cathedral of Chartres, dome of St. Peter's, 18th-century silk mills in England, Crystal Palace, Chicago high-rises, Sydney Opera House, and the latest "green" skyscrapers.

Architectural Structures
Author: J. Wayne Place
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $99.53
ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated structural design resource for architects and builders, a guide for designing and building structures that will withstand wind, earthquakes, and other forces. Using diagrams, models, computer simulations, case studies, and exercises, the book supplies the necessary vocabulary to effectively work with structural engineer and helps readers gain a common-sense understanding of principles and issues, the complexities of the design process, and useful analytic methods.

Handbook of Construction Tolerances
Author: David Kent Ballast
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $64.00
ArchitectureWeek— This updated edition of a comprehensive guide to construction tolerances helps designers and builders answer such questions as: How much may a steel frame be out of plumb? What are the expected variations of a precast concrete panel? What is required to successfully detail finish materials on masonry? The new edition features sections on measuring compliance with tolerance standards, right-of-way construction, autoclaved aerated concrete, tilt-up concrete panels, interior stone wall cladding, structural insulated panels, decorative architectural glass, laminated architectural flat glass, and bent glass.

Egress Design Solutions: A Guide to Evacuation and Crowd Management Planning
Author: Jeffrey Tubbs and Brian Meacham
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $92.00
ArchitectureWeek— An architect's resource for designing for egress, evacuation, and life safety into their buildings. Written by Arup engineers, the book examines egress in terms of both prescriptive and performance-based code issues. They discuss coordinating egress systems with other critical life safety systems, and they review the history of failed systems and extract lessons from those failures.

Building Security
Author: Barbara Nadel
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $66.78
ArchitectureWeek— Whether planning for new construction, renovations, or security upgrades of existing facilities, Building Security: Handbook for Architectural Planning and Design is the definitive 21st-century reference on security design, technology, building operations, and disaster planning. Award-winning architect and author Barbara A. Nadel, FAIA provides security design solutions for creating safe commercial, institutional, industrial, and residential buildings in the post-September 11, 2001, environment. Generously illustrated with 600 photos, drawings, tables, and checklists, this comprehensive compendium addresses protection from terrorism, natural disasters, chemical and biological agents, crime, and workplace violence.

Developments in Structural Form
Author: Rowland Mainstone
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 1998
Amazon Price: $99.99
ArchitectureWeek— An account of the structural developments have made possible the achievements of architects and bridge buildings throughout history.

Structure and Architecture, Second Edition
Author: Angus J. MacDonald
Publisher: Butterworth Architecture
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $39.95
ArchitectureWeek— Demonstrates the conceptual link between buildings in the real world and the mathematical models of loads, materials, and structure.

Energy Simulation in Building Design
Author: J. A. Clarke
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $63.85
ArchitectureWeek— The theory and practical applications of energy simulation in building design. New edition includes combined thermal/lighting and CFD simulation, advanced glazings, indoor air quality, and photovoltaic components.

Service Cores
Author: Ken Yeang
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2000
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ArchitectureWeek— The design and planning of service cores (elevators, staircases, mechanical and electrical riser ducts, toilets) in very tall structures, detailing methods for achieving sustainability.

Lighting Engineering: Applied Calculations
Author: R. H. Simons, A. R. Bean
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2000
Amazon Price: $175.00
ArchitectureWeek— Describes the mathematical background to the calculation techniques used in lighting engineering. Gives engineers, lighting designers, and architects a grasp of the underlying principles of the software they use.

Lit Environment
Author: Derek Phillips
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $94.95
ArchitectureWeek— The perception of light experienced by people who are outside buildings. It is not simply about floodlighting buildings, but deals with light for the whole external environment.

Architectural Engineering Design: Mechanical Systems
Author: Robert Brown Butler
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— Specifically for architects, a reference to over 1100 equations for all aspects of mechanical systems in building design and construction. Reflects the latest environmental research and digital technology.

Architectural Engineering Design: Structural Systems
Author: Robert Brown Butler
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $67.46
ArchitectureWeek— One in a series of reference books on architectural engineering calculations for all aspects of building design and construction.

Architectural Acoustics
Author: Christopher N. Brooks
Publisher: McFarland & Company
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $39.95
ArchitectureWeek— Covers the technical and perceptual factors to consider in constructing a good space for listening to music, with case studies of famous concert halls.

Simplified Engineering for Architects and Builders, 9th Edition
Author: James Ambrose
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2000
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ArchitectureWeek— A classic first published in 1938, with a concise and pragmatic approach to the fundamental structural mechanics of concern to designers and builders.

High-Rise Security and Fire Life Safety, Second Edition
Author: Geoff Craighead
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— Guidelines for making buildings safer, for architects, building owners, fire safety directors, security consultants, and contract security firms.

Introduction to Natural and Man-Made Disasters and their Effects on Buildings
Author: Roxanna McDonald
Publisher: Architectural Press
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $41.67
ArchitectureWeek— This comprehensive guide for architects and engineers gives overall guidance and a basic technical understanding of prevention, mitigation, and management of disaster. It outlines a checklist of preventive design elements for each situation, illustrated with a case study.

Security Planning and Design: A Guide for Architects and Building Design Professionals
Author: The American Institute of Architects
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $64.00
ArchitectureWeek— A practical reference manual from the AIA, with the fundamentals of security planning in new and existing facilities. Sections on building design, crime prevention, blast mitigation, and biochemical and radiological protection.

Water in Buildings: An Architect's Guide to Moisture and Mold
Author: William B. Rose
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $82.82
ArchitectureWeek— This reference book helps architects create dry, mold-free environments. It explains why moisture problems occur and includes valuable information on how water behaves and how its performance can be anticipated and managed in building design. Sections include rainwater management, below-grade water management, foundations, wall and roof construction, mechanical systems, how water interacts with building materials and equipment, exploring the paths of leaks, and numerous case studies.

Skyscrapers : Structure and Design
Author: Matthew Wells
Publisher: Yale University Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $36.48
ArchitectureWeek— Despite the challenges associated with skyscraper design and safety, there is continued growth in the size and number of tall buildings being built around the world. This book explains the principles behind their construction and the ways they are designed to withstand earthquakes, high winds, and fire. Featured buildings include Commerzbank in Frankfurt, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, and the New York Times Building in New York.

Simplified Engineering for Architects and Builders
Author: James Ambrose
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $53.01
ArchitectureWeek— Tenth edition of the definitive reference that gives architects and builders a clear, concise, accessible presentation of engineering information on structural analysis, materials, and system. The new edition includes the load and resistance factor design method (LRFD) for steel and concrete structures, the latest building and material codes, essential formulas for solving structural problems, and a wealth of examples.

Architectural Acoustics
Author: Marshall Long
Publisher: Academic Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $85.41
ArchitectureWeek— A comprehensive technical overview of the field for working practitioners and students. The book reviews the fundamentals of acoustics, human perception and reaction to sound, acoustic noise measurements and noise metrics, and environmental noise. It explains wave acoustics, sound and solid surfaces, sound in enclosed spaces, sound transmission loss, sound transmission in buildings, vibration and vibration isolation, noise transmission in floor systems, noise in mechanical systems, and sound attenuation in ducts. Chapters on specific design problems discuss treatment of multifamily dwellings, office buildings, rooms for speech, sound reinforcement systems, rooms for music, multipurpose rooms, auditoriums, sanctuaries, and studios and listening rooms.

Skyscraper: Vertical Now
Author: Eric Howeler
Publisher: Universe Books
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Illustrated profiles of over 50 recent skyscrapers from around the world and essays arguing that, despite the attacks on September 11, 2001, the future of tall buildings is as secure today as ever.

Engineered Transparency: The Technical, Visual, and Spatial Effects of Glass
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2008
Amazon Price: $43.87
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