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Basics Materials
Author: Manfred Hegger, Hans Drexler, and Martin Zeumer
Publisher: Birkhauser
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $12.55
ArchitectureWeek— A student's introduction to the materiality of buildings as a fundamental building block of architectural training. This book covers the subjective effect of materials, haptic influences, use of materials, and creative use of classical construction materials.

Soft Surfaces: Visual Research for Artists, Architects, and Designers
Author: Judy A. Juracek
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
Year: 2000
Amazon Price: $59.61
ArchitectureWeek— Twelve hundred color images of traditional and modern textiles, grouped by structure and surface treatment applications such as windows, upholstery, awnings, tents, and floor coverings. CD-ROM included.

New Glass Architecture
Author: Brent Richards
Publisher: Yale University Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $33.75
ArchitectureWeek— A showcase of the changing ways aesthetics and methods for using glass have been developing since the 1990s. Since the time of the stained glass windows of Chartres Cathedral, glass has provoked fascination with its properties as a versatile material that permits light to enter buildings in spectacular ways. Modern examples from Foster and Partners, Frank Gehry, Herzog & de Meuron, Toyo Ito, Jean Nouvel, and many others, show how glass creates minimal, lightweight structures, allowing maximum daylight into buildings.

The Snow Show
Author: Edited by Lance Fung
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $24.28
ArchitectureWeek— Seventeen sublime works in snow and ice were realized through partnerships between thirty-four impassioned international artists and architects. In snowbound Lapland the seventeen partnerships produced projects that ranged from exercises in formal experimentation to highly conceptual artistic statements. Ultimately, the projects represented a process of exploration and flowed from an imaginative collaboration, not only between the artist’s creative and the architect’s pragmatic vision, but also between the form of the design and the inevitable decay of the materials involved in its construction. he photographs and the participants' statements capture this experience.

Stone Houses: Colonial to Contemporary
Author: Lee Goff with Photographs by Paul Rocheleau
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— Stone Houses: Colonial to Contemporary is a book that will exite architects, designers, and historians. In 200 color photographs of residences, inside and out, Stone Houses traces the development of domestic stone architecture in the United States. Providing general descriptions of featured styles and building techniques, as well as personal histories of the private homes, the informative text crosses the country as it covers everything from Dutch colonial farm houses to eclectic Victorian mansions to whimsical stone cottages to modernist expressions by Frank Lloyd Wright and others. Lee Goff, an architecture historian, is the author of Stone Built and a number of articles on preservation technology. Paul Rocheleau is a renowned architecture photographer whose work has appeared in numerous publications and books.

Wood Design Awards 2002
Author: Don Griffith, editor
Publisher: Tuns Press/ Dalhousie University
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— Fifteen buildings from the United States and Canada that stand as exemplars of the use of wood as a key design element, from the cottonwood branches of a wedding chapel in Kansas to the multiple curved panel roof of the Gilmore Skytrain Station in British Columbia.

Casa Adobe
Author: Karen Witynski and Joe P. Carr
Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publisher
Year: 2001
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ArchitectureWeek— A review of historic and modern applications of this ageless construction tradition, with examples from Mexico and the southwest United States.

Masonry Construction: Basics
Author: Nils Kummer
Publisher: Birkhauser
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $16.50
ArchitectureWeek— This guide for students demonstrates the fundamental principles of scale, construction, and assembly of building components using simple masonry structures as examples. It discusses materials and measurements, building physics and components, and load-bearing structures.

Wood in the Landscape: A Practical Guide to Specification and Design
Author: Daniel Winterbottom
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2000
Amazon Price: $95.00
ArchitectureWeek— A comprehensive, illustrated guide to building with wood for landscape architects. Includes specifics on materials, design options, and construction techniques.

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.

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.

Environmental Deterioration Of Materials
Author: A. Moncmanova, editor
Publisher: WIT Press (UK)
Year: 2007
Amazon Price: $196.00
ArchitectureWeek— This book deals with the causes of environmental degradation of widely used and economically important construction materials such as metals, stone, brick, concrete, timber, cast iron, steel, copper alloys, and aluminum. It provides information on the methods and economic effects of deterioration and offers protection techniques for buildings, industrial facilities, and monuments.

Butabu: Adobe Architecture of West Africa
Author: James Morris and Suzanne Preston Blier
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2003
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ArchitectureWeek— A photographic exploration of the centuries-old, but constantly evolving mud adobe architecture of West Africa, demonstrating sculptural beauty, variety, ingenuity, and originality.

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.

1,000 Tiles: Ten Centuries of Decorative Ceramics
Author: Gordon Lang
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— Arranged by period and style, this comprehensive book makes it easy to access tiles from any era or movement. Complete with a resource section and tips for building a collection, 1,000 Tiles is the ultimate guide to an ancient art form that remains vital today.

Tiles and Tilework
Author: Alun Graves
Publisher: V&A
Year: 2002
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ArchitectureWeek— A lavishly illustrated survey of the use of tiles in interior design through the ages, from the Gothic through to Art Deco and the Omega Workshops in the twentieth century. Appealing to collectors and to those interested in architecture and interior design, the book will provide a visual resource and is a valuable new survey of a popular subject. Appealing to collectors and to those interested in architecture and interior design, the book draws on the unique collections at the V&A to provide a indispensable visual resource and a valuable survey of a popular subject.

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.

Wood Design Awards 2003
Author: Don Griffith
Publisher: Tuns Press/ Dalhousie University
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $11.70
ArchitectureWeek— Thirteen projects by U.S. and Canadian architects that highlight the flexibility and importance of wood in the North American building culture.

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.

Materials for Design
Author: Victoria Ballard Bell and Patrick Rand
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Year: 2006
Amazon Price: $31.50
ArchitectureWeek— A textbook that bridges the gap between construction materials and design sensibility, teaching how a choice of material affects the form and look of a structure and how inspired design can inject any material with zeal. Sections on glass, wood, metals, plastics, and concrete consider each material's properties and offer case studies by contemporary architects.

Doors of the World
Author: Jean-Philippe Lenclos and Dominique Lenclos
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Year: 2005
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ArchitectureWeek— From a sandstone portal in Morocco to a bamboo-lined aperture in China, a colorful exploration of door forms from around the world. Capturing the variety of entryways, this book shows the harmony achieved by the diverse proportions, designs, materials, and colors and discloses how doors reflect geography.

Stone: Designing Kitchens, Baths & Interiors With Natural Stone
Author: Heather E. Adams and Earl G. Adams, Jr.
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang
Year: 2003
Amazon Price: $24.75
ArchitectureWeek— A photographic review of the use of natural stone in residential design, from tiled floors and fireplace surrounds to kitchen and bathroom counters of granite, marble, limestone, slate, and travertine.

Understanding Wood: A Craftman's Guide to Wood Technology
Author: R. Bruce Hoadley
Publisher: The Taunton Press
Year: 2000
Amazon Price: $26.37
ArchitectureWeek— An essential reference for woodworkers, explaining how trees grow, how wood reacts to changes in humidity, and how best to cut, season, machine, join, bend, and finish wood.

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.

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.

Concrete Countertops: Design, Forms, and Finishes for the New Kitchen and Bath
Author: Fu-Tung Cheng
Publisher: Taunton Press
Year: 2002
Amazon Price: $19.77
ArchitectureWeek— A seemingly ordinary building material used to create beautiful and functional countertops with polished surfaces that can be colored or embedded with interesting objects. A how-to guide for the design and construction processes.

Stonework : The Stone Buildings of Malcolm Holzman
Author: Malcolm Holzman
Publisher: The Images Publishing Group Pty. Ltd.
Year: 2001
Amazon Price: $47.49
ArchitectureWeek— The American architect, partner of Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, discusses the role of an ancient material in modern construction.

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

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.

Linoleum
Author: Jane Powell
Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher
Year: 2004
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ArchitectureWeek— From bold, geometric designs to intricate oriental patterns to decorative insets, linoleum boasts some serious personality, bringing distinctive style to any floor it covers. Linoleum celebrates this unique style with 150 color photographs featuring vibrant and sometimes zany vintage patterns, as well as information on linoleum's fascinating history and modern evolution. Linoleum also includes handy information care and repair, as well as funky ideas on conceptualizing a totally unique, personalized look.

The Dumb Architect's Guide to Glazing Selection
Author: Jason F. McLennan
Publisher: Ecotone Publishing Company
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $19.95
ArchitectureWeek— This practical guide uses humor to teach architects and other design and construction professionals about glazing characteristics and options and about sustainable design issues relating to green architecture.

Masonry Design and Detailing
Author: Christine Beall
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $90.20
ArchitectureWeek— Covering an unprecedented range of materials, technologies, and regulations, Masonry Design and Detailing is an essential resource for architects and masonry contractors. Completely updated, this hands-on guide features insight on the complete range of masonry topics: wall systems, unit and mortar selection, component detailing, building code compliance, and much, much more. Plus, you get discussions on a host of topical issues. Detailed enough for the working professional - and still appropriate for the apprentice - Masonry Design and Detailing provides hundreds of illustrations to maximize your understanding of these critical issues.

Windows of the World
Author: Jean-Philippe Lenclos and Dominique Lenclos
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $18.25
ArchitectureWeek— A sourcebook of color photographs that reveals the complex character and endless variety of a basic architectural element in all its forms, styles, materials, and colors throughout the world, from tiny decorative openings on adobe homes in Africa to the intricate wrought-iron-and-shutter compositions of Paris.

Architectural Surfaces: Details for Artists, Architects, and Designers
Author: Judy A. Juracek
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $62.89
ArchitectureWeek— This latest addition to the author/ photographer's "Surfaces" series catalogs over 1,400 high-quality color photographs capturing a range of details of architectural elements and materials: walls, facades, windows, doorways, ceilings, roofs, floors, pavement, staircases, balconies, columns, and arches. The included CD-ROM provides a wealth of source material for the research and presentations of architects and designers.

Material ConneXion: The Global Resource of New and Innovative Materials for Architects, Artists and
Author: George Beylerian, Andrew Dent, and Anita Moryadas
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $66.55
ArchitectureWeek— An innovative, highly illustrated book that connects materials to designers' needs. By defining a material by its composition rather than current use, the book shows designers how to fully understand the potential and limitations for a material while conceiving of its new application. Organized to follow the model of the Material ConneXion library, the chapters are on: metals, glass, ceramics, polymers, natural materials, carbon-based materials, and cement-based materials.

Dressed Stone: Types of Stone, Details, Examples
Author: Theodor Hugues, Ludwig Steiger, Johann Weber
Publisher: A Birkhäuser book
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $38.57
ArchitectureWeek— This book provides assistance: the uses of dressed stone are shown in detailed drawings on a scale of 1:10, and particular attention is paid to the joints and specific related problems. In addition special consideration is given to the design and planning stages, as well as realization. This international edition has been extended to incorporate a chapter on facade techniques in the construction section, and the charts now include a selection of the 80 most sought after European stone types.

Wood Design Awards 2004
Author: Don Griffith, editor
Publisher: Tuns Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $11.70
ArchitectureWeek— Results of a North American program of architectural excellence, featuring the work of PLY Architecture, Randall Stout Architects, Cutler Anderson Architects, Hillier Architecture, and others.

Concrete at Home: Innovative Forms and Finishes
Author: Fu-Tung Cheng and Eric Olsen
Publisher: The Taunton Press
Year: 2005
Amazon Price: $21.12
ArchitectureWeek— Fu-Tung Cheng has been building concrete countertops in residential kitchens for many years. In his new book, he transforms this commonplace material into an elegant finish throughout the house. How-to information for the making of walls, floors, fireplaces, columns, and water pieces combine with design tips for adding color, texture, and inlays.

Architectural Metal Surfaces
Author: L. William Zahner
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Year: 2004
Amazon Price: $113.69
ArchitectureWeek— Visual guide that helps architects and other design professionals recognize, understand, and specify specialized metal surfaces. Illustrations show applied techniques for achieving a variety of surface effects using both reflective and nonreflective metal surfaces, color, textural effects, and lighting effects.

Designing a Home with Wood
Author: Earl G. Adams and Heather Steinbach
Publisher: Stuart, Tabori and Chang
Year: 2004
Amazon Price:
ArchitectureWeek— An inspirational style guide and a technical manual for professional contractors and do-it-yourselfers, featuring elements such as carved entryways, ornate moldings, inlaid floors, antique furniture, beamed ceilings, and kitchen cabinetry. Sections on types of wood, methods of use, styles and special effects, purchasing, and maintenance.

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.

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