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Means Illustrated Construction Dictionary, Third Edition, Unabridged
Publisher: R.S. Means Company
Year: 2000
Amazon Price: $99.95
ArchitectureWeek— From abaciscus to zoning permit, an essential reference for any architect's desk. Thoroughly illustrated, with thousands of terms for the modern construction industry. Plus conversion and abbreviation tables, common drawing symbols, and a CD-ROM with extras including links to CSI MasterFormat numbers and product information.

Red Dot Design Award: International Yearbook Communication Design 2005/2006
Author: Peter Zec
Publisher: Birkhauser Books
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $14.90
ArchitectureWeek— The graphic designer's role is changing. Companies today are subject to fast technical and economic developments and it is the job of communication agencies to help these companies create advertising which will successfully attract and bind their customers to them. With the Internet, web design and increased globalisation, international communication design is lively and exciting and the results are more stimulating than ever. This publication contains a broad selection of international pieces of work which have won awards in the categories of the Grand Prix and the Junior Prize as well as honorary awards for High Design Quality and the Highest Design Quality in the fields of advertising, company and product communication, financial communication, television and electronic media, culture and sport, public areas, publishing, and multimedia.

Almanac of Architecture & Design
Author: James P. Cramer and Jennifer Evans Yankopolus (Editors)
Publisher: CMD Group/Greenway Consulting
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— A compilation of architectural facts, records, laws, and designer census information, with lists of prizes, schools, and professional organizations.

A Concise Dictionary of Architectural Terms
Author: John Henry Parker
Publisher: Dover
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— First published in 1846, this illustrated dictionary of architecture was so successful that the author revised it several times. It remains one of the best guides to hundreds of terms used in Greek, Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance architecture. Architects and students of architecture will find the reference indispensable; tourists will appreciate it as a portable guide to features of historical buildings. Illustrations of many British cathedrals, castles, and parish churches, used as examples.

Interior Graphic Standards
Author: Maryrose McGowan and Kelsey Kruse
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $195.19
ArchitectureWeek— Gives to interior designers what architects have long valued in the companion volume, Architectural Graphic Standards. Sections on space planning, material selection, acoustics and lighting, air quality, accessibility, and furniture selection

Interior Design Portable Handbook
Author: Pat Guthrie
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $40.46
ArchitectureWeek— Architect Pat Guthries convenient pocket reference helps interior designers, decorators, and architects create workable, on-the-spot design solutions by putting the latest codes and standards, costs, materials, and specification information at their fingertips. The Interior Design Portable Handbook provides just the right level of detail to help you with everyday design challenges. Perfect for in-the-field estimating as well as licensing exam prep, it is an indispensable, time-saving tool. John Patten Pat Guthrie, AIA, is principal of John Pat Guthrie Architects, Inc. He has been a licensed architect in 13 states, and the author of Architects Portable Handbook, now in its third edition, and Cross-Check: Integrating Building Systems and Working Designs, as well as the first edition of the book, Interior Designers Portable Handbook.

The Codes Guidebook for Interiors, Study Guide, 3rd Edition
Author: Sharon Koomen Harmon and Katherine E. Kennon
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— Companion volume to The Codes Guidebook for Interiors, which incorporates the latest standards for interior projects from the International Building Code, Life Safety Code, NFPA 5000, ICC/ANSI accessibility standard, and many others in a clear, jargon-free style.

Landscape Architectural Graphic Standards
Author: Leonard J. Hopper, editor
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $188.00
ArchitectureWeek— A new addition to the venerable family of Graphic Standards volumes is for those involved in landscape architecture, design, and construction. Expected to become the "bible" for the landscape field, it provides immediate access to rules-of-thumb and standards used throughout the planning, design, construction, and management of landscapes.

Planning and Urban Design Standards (Architectural Graphic Standards Series)
Author: Frederick R. Steiner and Kent Butler
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $69.55
ArchitectureWeek— This illustrated student edition of the definitive reference outlines best practices and guidelines for urban planning and design, with rules of thumb for designing and evaluating land-use schemes. Practical information about plan making, environmental planning and management, building types, transportation, parks, impact assessment, growth management, and more.

Modern Construction Handbook
Author: Andrew Watts
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $94.96
ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated review of modern construction options with examples by well known designers. Chapters on materials, structure, walls, roofs, environmental design, and internal fittings.

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.

Red Dot Design Yearbook 2005/2006
Author: Peter Zec (Editor)
Publisher: Birkhauser
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— Every year in the "red dot award" the leading companies, designers and new talents from all over the world submit their product designs to an international jury. The current yearbook features the winners in all branches of industry. It also contains an introductory essay and a report on the design team of the year.

The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice, Update 2005
Author: Joseph A. Demkin, editor
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $79.52
ArchitectureWeek— This third companion volume to the 13th edition of The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice brings architects and others working in the field new and updated information, from important issues affecting day-to-day operations and emerging business trends to the latest AIA contract documents.

Styles, Schools and Movements: The Essential Encyclopaedic Guide to Modern Art
Author: Amy Dempsey
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $23.32
ArchitectureWeek— Art in the modern era has come to be defined by its styles, schools and movements. The three hundred discussed here provide an introduction and guide to the major developments in Western painting, sculpture, architecture and design during one of the most dynamic and exciting periods in art history. The comprehensive index features over 1,000 artists, architects, designers, impresarios, critics, collectors and champions of modern art, linking the styles, schools and movements with the people who made them happen.

Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the International Building Code
Author: Francis D. K. Ching and Steven Winkel, AIA
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— A practical, illustrated, interpretive guide to the new International Building Code — how the building code affects the early design of specific projects.

Graphic Standards Details: Openings
Author: Wendy Talarico, Smith Maran Architects, editors
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $54.84
ArchitectureWeek— A reference for entryways from houses, museums, factories, historic structures, and modern office buildings in Europe, South America, and the United States. With detailed drawings, descriptions, and photographs from recently completed projects by some of today's top designers, including Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Rural Studio, Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates, John McAslan & Partners, and Wilkinson Eyre Architects.

Felder's Comprehensive, 2005: The Annual Desk Reference and Product Thesaurus for Architects, Contra
Author: L. Nick Felder
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $81.26
ArchitectureWeek— This mammoth professional directory is a desk reference, directory, and product source guide with thousands of listings of information for anyone in architecture, design, construction, facility management, or real-estate development. It lists, for example, more than 12,000 manufacturers of furnishings, fixtures, equipment, and materials listed alphabetically and by product category. The book also lists design competitions, trade shows, publications, and organizations.

Trade Fair Design Annual 2005/2006
Author: Karin Schult
Publisher: Birkhauser Books
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $70.83
ArchitectureWeek— In this Annual, interior architect Karin Schulte has selected interesting examples of global trade fairs that take place in Germany. She visited the most significant trade fairs and examined small and large trade fair stands for Philips Lighting, DaimlerChrysler, arwa, Büro Fürrer Office Design, Denz & Co., horgenglarus, Louis Poulsen, among others (65 in total). The photography is sharp and revealing, all the vital statistics are given and there are plans where appropriate.

Universal Design Handbook
Author: Wolfgang Preiser and Elaine Ostroff
Publisher: McGraw Hill
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— The Americans with Disabilities Act Guidelines tell you minimum requirements. This book goes further and tells you how to meet them.

Metapolis Dictionary of Advanced Architecture
Author: With contributions by Manuel Gausa, Federico Soriano, Vicente Guallart, Willy Müller, José Morales,
Publisher: Actar
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $43.83
ArchitectureWeek— A dictionary for a world whose cities are linked by fiber optic cables and whose citizens are virtually global, a world where airports are meeting places and meeting take place via web conference, the Metapolis Dictionary of Advanced Architecture identifies a new architectural will and a new social and cultural panorama. From "abduction" to "zoom," radical definitions abound. They define an architecture that is inscribed in information society, that is influenced by new technologies and new economies, and that concerns itself with environment and sustainablity. This is an illustrated dictionary, with images used to facilitate quick explanations of related terms. The Metapolis is an excellent sourcebook for anyone interested in the language and philosophy of architecture of the present and future.

Almanac of Architecture & Design 2004
Author: James P. Cramer and Jennifer Evans Yankopolus, editors
Publisher: Greenway Communications
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $49.50
ArchitectureWeek— This fifth edition of the almanac contains data and information about the professions of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and industrial design. New features include a list of major U.S. art museums, a chapter on sustainable design, and timelines of events and people in historic preservation, the green movement, and women in architecture.

The Surface Texture Bible: More Than 800 Color and Texture Samples for Every Surface, Furnishing, an
Author: Cat Martin
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $18.96
ArchitectureWeek— The book is a comprehensive resource for choosing metals, glass, plaster, stone, wood, paper, cork, and many other materials to create visual interest in projects large and small. Appropriate for both amateur and professional interior designers, this handy guide features more than 250 pages of large-format color and texture swatches. Also included is essential advice on installing, maintaining, and cleaning finishes, information about product safety, and a list of email addresses for major international suppliers. With a spiral-bound, easy-to-use format,

The Codes Guidebook for Interiors
Author: Sharon Koomen Harmon and Katherine E. Kennon
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
Amazon Price:
ArchitectureWeek— The latest standards for interior projects from the International Building Code, Life Safety Code, NFPA 5000, ICC/ANSI accessibility standard, and many others in a clear, jargon-free style. Includes a reference for the NCIDQ exam or the interior portion of the ARE.

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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