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Constructing Architecture: Materials, Processes, Structures
Author: Andrea Deplazes, editor
Publisher: Birkhauser
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— With over 1200 illustrations, plans, and detail drawings, this is an encyclopedia of technical information for building and construction. The book is divided into sections on materials, building components, building types, case studies, and a catalog of components, all drawn to a common scale, providing everything the professional or the student might need to transform their designs into built projects.

Boomer Buildings: Mid Century Architecture Reborn
Author: Mitchell Giurgola Architects and Michael J. Crosbie, editor
Publisher: Images Publishing Group
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $70.00
ArchitectureWeek— In an age of diminishing natural resources, architects and their clients need to know about an environmentally sustainable alternative to new construction: new life for old buildings. This book presents six generation-old buildings, each threatened with demolition, that were salvaged by incorporating updated program elements to serve a new generation of users. The case studies relate how each project was analyzed in terms of energy use, structural stability, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. With a seamless melding of new and old construction, the results are born-again buildings created for a fraction of the cost and consuming far fewer materials than a new facility.

Why is Construction so Backward?
Author: James Woudhuysen and Ian Abley
Publisher: Wiley-Academy Editions
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $58.86
ArchitectureWeek— A critique of the construction industry that is "fragmented, barely globalized, and behind other sectors in introducing disruptive innovations to its basic processes." The book calls for reform while criticizing architecture as social engineering and environmentalist dogma.

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Irish Stone Walls
Author: Patrick McAfee
Publisher: The O'Brien Press
Year: 1997
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ArchitectureWeek— Combines photography of the beautiful Irish countryside with a practical handbook of the ancient craft of stone masonry.

The Timberframe Plan Book
Author: Michael Morris and Dick Pirozzolo
Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publisher
Year: 2000
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ArchitectureWeek— Thirty-four plans, along with tips from some of the field's premier builders and designers, demonstrating the art of a centuries-old building craft. Sections on framing, joinery, and siting.

Construction the Third Way: Managing Cooperation and Competition in Construction
Author: John Bennett
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Year: 2000
Amazon Price: $51.95
ArchitectureWeek— Advice about organization structures that respond to changing markets and technologies, and about construction processes that enable the industry to earn fair profits by providing customers with higher quality.

The Custom Furniture Sourcebook: A Guide to 125 Craftsmen
Author: Kerry Pierce
Publisher: The Taunton Press
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $22.76
ArchitectureWeek— Practical information about the styles of jury-selected North American furniture makers and how to contact them.

Wood : New Directions in Design and Architecture
Author: Naomi Stungo
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— A survey of over 30 case studies of original uses of wood and the striking architecture they form.

Adobe Houses for Today: Flexible Plans for Your Adobe Home
Author: Laura Sanchez, Alex Sanchez
Publisher: Sunstone Press
Year: 2001
Amazon Price:
ArchitectureWeek— An illustrated guide to planning, designing, building, and remodeling adobe houses.

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.


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