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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.

Falling Glass
Author: Patrick Loughran
Publisher: Birkhauser
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— Catalogue of catastrophic problems in construction, particularly in glass structures, demonstrating how typical defects can be avoided, and examining defects due to water leakage, corrosion, combinations of incompatible materials, insufficient redundancy, and climatic influences.

Modular Mansions
Author: Sheri Koones
Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $26.37
ArchitectureWeek— Modular residential construction is no longer only for the “affordable” end of the cost spectrum. This book profiles 21 modular houses up to 12,700 square feet and in varied styles including arts & crafts, log cabin, and Victorian.

Prefabulous: The House of Your Dreams Delivered Fresh from the Factory
Author: Sheri Koones
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $16.50
ArchitectureWeek— There are many systems available for prefabricating all or parts of a new home, including timber frame and log, as well as modular, panelized, structural insulated panels, steel framing and concrete systems. Prefabulous describes these systems, compares their advantages and disadvantages, and shows beautiful examples of houses built in a controlled factory environment.

Constructing Architecture:Materials, Processes, Structure: A Handbook
Author: Andrea Deplazes
Publisher: Birkhauser Books
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— Constructing Architecture conveys the fundamental principles of conception and construction for the realization of a wide range of designs and building types in an integral approach. Buildings that have set aesthetic and architectonic standards provide instructive case-studies which are accompanied by over 1200 illustrations, plans, cross sections and drawings. Also included is a systematic and comparative catalogue of components documented in 1:20 scale, and a comprehensive subject index combine to make this an indispensable reference work for students and professionals.

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.

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.

People and Culture in Construction
Author: Andrew Dainty, Stuart Green, and Barbara Bagilhole, editors
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $170.00
ArchitectureWeek— Construction is one of the largest, most complex, and most labor-intensive industries. In many developed countries, however, construction is also one of the most highly criticized for its employment practices and industrial relations climate. This book presents abroad range of critical and empirical insights on construction employment and culture.

Basics Roof Construction
Author: Tanja Brotrück
Publisher: Birkhauser
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $12.87
ArchitectureWeek— What are the different ways to create a protective canopy for a building, and what are the different forms such a structure may take? This book covers the basics of the types and function of roofs, framing, construction principles, coverings, and the physics of roof construction.

Structural Investigation of Historic Buildings: A Case Study Guide to Preservation Technology for Bu
Author: David C. Fischetti
Publisher: Wiley
Year: 2009
Amazon Price: $82.82

Aluminum Structures : A Guide to Their Specifications and Design
Author: J. Randolph Kissell and Robert L. Ferry
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $148.00
ArchitectureWeek— Explains the practice of designing aluminum structures to those versed in steel design. Discusses the properties, structural performance, fabrication, connections, inspection, and testing of aluminum.

Rooftop Architecture: Building on an elevated surface
Author: Ed Melet and Eric Vreedenburgh
Publisher: NAI
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— This book analyzes and describes the opportunities and potential difficulties for realizing building projects on rooftop space. It shows interesting examples of projects in the Netherlands and abroad. It is an appeal for a new kind of architecture and a revitalization of the city.

Curtain Walls: Recent Developments by Cesar Pelli & Associates
Author: Michael J. Crosbie
Publisher: Birkhauser
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $53.10
ArchitectureWeek— The curtain wall — a nonbearing wall attached to a building's structural frame like a curtain made of metal or, more likely glass — is an omnipresent feature of contemporary architecture. Variations of pattern and color, transparency, and opacity offer the architect almost limitless design possibilities. This book documents through construction details and other drawings the exemplary curtain wall design of Cesar Pelli & Associates.

Timberframe : The Art and Craft of the Post-And-Beam Home
Author: Tedd Benson
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 1999
Amazon Price: $30.40
ArchitectureWeek— A review of 29 American houses in diverse contexts, characterized by heavy timber columns and beams that, unlike stud framing, are meant to be exposed and admired as a finished architectural element.

Intelligent Skins
Author: Michael Wigginton and Jude Harris
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $70.95
ArchitectureWeek— International case studies of "intelligent buildings" focus on the fabric of the building responding to external changes and internal demands. An exploration of information technology and "smart" materials.

Windows and Doors: Expert Advice from Start to Finish
Author: Scott McBride
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $13.57
ArchitectureWeek— A comprehensive, illustrated guide to all aspects of window and door installation.

Surface Architecture
Author: David Leatherbarrow and Mohsen Mostafavi
Publisher: MIT Press
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $38.89
ArchitectureWeek— Explores how properties of a building's surface, whether made of concrete, metal, or glass, produce the spatial effects by which architecture communicates. Examples from the work of Albert Kahn, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Pierre de Meuron.

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.

Membrane Structures: Innovative Building with Film and Fabric
Author: Klaus-Michael Koch (Editor)
Publisher: Prestel
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— In this comprehensive work to date on membrane technology for architecture, pioneers show how one of the world's oldest forms of building material is also its most innovative. This survey discusses the history of the medium, describes the materials and their uses, explores the technology of membrane construction, and investigates numerous current and future projects. A final chapter offers a reasoned argument for further research and experimentation in this rapidly expanding field and a projection of its exciting future.

Alternative Construction: Contemporary Natural Building Methods
Author: Lynne Elizabeth and Cassandra Adams, editors
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $47.93
ArchitectureWeek— A comprehensive guide to traditional natural materials, adapted to meet code-required standards for health and safety in contemporary buildings. Not only are they relatively inexpensive and environmentally friendly, but, when used correctly, these natural alternatives match the strength and durability of many mainstream construction materials. Technologies include straw-bale, light-clay, cob, adobe, rammed earth and pisé, earthbag, earth-sheltered, bamboo, and hybrid systems.

Designing the Exterior Wall: An Architectural Guide to the Vertical Envelope
Author: Linda Brock
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $68.42
ArchitectureWeek— This book connects the science and aesthetics of building envelopes through an examination of a variety of construction and cladding types. It includes basics of building science explaining why buildings fail and how they can be made more durable through design; details from real projects — successful and unsuccessful — in a variety of climates; and checklists you can use on your own projects.

In Detail: Building Simply
Author: Christian Schittic
Publisher: Birkhauser
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $62.01
ArchitectureWeek— This new volume in the In Detail series demonstrates the breadth and complexity of issues involved in building simply. In Detail: Building Simply covers the whole spectrum of simple building, from functional and economic demands, through ecological and energy-related aspects, to design and construction requirements. Building Simply describes a creative process that does justice to the nature of the materials used to create unique projects through an economy of means and resources. The project section documents a comprehensive range of international examples, from simple wooden bridges to pavilions, residential buildings, workshops and warehouses.

New Forms: Architecture in Detail
Author: The Plan
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Year: 2009
Amazon Price: $47.45

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