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Featured Resources for Architecture (August 2013)

AR LIBRARY FEATURED BOOKS

Title: Master planning futures
Author: Bullivant, Lucy
Call No.: HT170.B937 2012
Location: Architecture Library

Summary:
In the past, spatial master plans for cities have been fixed blueprints realized as physical form through conventional top down processes. These frequently disregarded existing social and cultural structures, while the old modernist planning model zoned space for home and work. At a time of urban growth, these models are now being replaced by more adaptable, mixed use plans dealing holistically with the physical, social and economic revival of districts, cities and regions. Through today’s public participative approaches and using technologically enabled tools, contemporary master planning instruments embody fresh principles, giving cities a greater resilience and capacity for social integration and change in the future.



Title: AutoCAD Civil 3D Essentials: Autodesk Official Training Guide
Author: Chappell, Eric, 1972-
Call No.: TA345.5.A98 C467 2012
Location: Architecture Library

Summary:
This Autodesk Official Training Guide features straightforward explanations and real-world, hands-on exercises and tutorials to quickly teach new users the software's core features and functions. Each full-color chapter offers a discussion of concepts and learning goals and includes an approachable hands-on exercise that helps build confidence. The book is filled with full-color screenshots to illustrate tutorial steps and will help you quickly thrive in Civil 3D's dynamic, powerful environment.



Title: Design Thinking: Understanding How Designers Think and Work
Author: Cross, Nigel
Call No.: NK1510.C951 2011
Location: Architecture Library

Summary:
Design thinking is the core creative process for any designer; this book explores and explains this apparently mysterious "design ability". Focusing on what designers do when they design, Design Thinking is structured around a series of in-depth case studies of outstanding and expert designers at work, interwoven with overviews and analyses. The range covered reflects the breadth of Design, from hardware to software product design, from architecture to Formula One design. The book offers new insights and understanding of design thinking, based on evidence from observation and investigation of design practice.



Title: Fashion Design Course: Accessories: Design Practice and Processes for Creating Hats, Bags, Shoes and More
Author: Schaffer, Jane
Call No.: TT649.8 .S296 2012
Location: Architecture Library

Summary:
This book offers a detailed introduction for fashion design students, aspiring designers and start-up businesses to the design principles, construction techniques and professional practices for the growing market sector of accessory and footwear design. Two leading educators explain the fundamental principles of research, design and development, covering core techniques and processes, specialist terminology and tools of the trade. Following chapters are dedicated to particular subjects handbags, footwear, hats, belts, gloves and small leather goods with a concluding information section on courses, careers and trade fairs. Anyone who wants to make a career in this exciting niche area will find this an indispensable reference book



Title: Space Savers = Gagner de l'espace = Platz Sparen = Ruimte Besparen
Author: Vidiella, Alex Sanchez
Call No.: TT197.5.B8 S732 2010
Location: Architecture Library

Summary:
This book compiles ideas and suggestions to make full use of available space without compromising order and comfort.

Title: Handbook of Green Building Design and Construction: LEED BREEAM, and Green Globes
Author: Kubba, Sam
Call No.: TH880 .K95 2012
Location: Architecture Library

Summary:
Packed with conceptual sketches and photos, real world case studies and green construction details, Handbook of Green Building Design and Construction provides a wealth of practical guidelines and essential insights that will facilitate the design of green buildings. Written in an easy to understand style, the Handbook draws on over 35 years of personal experience across the world, offering vital information and penetrating insights into two major building rating systems such as LEED and BREEAM both used extensively in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.



Title: Interior Designer's Portable Handbook: First-step Rules of Thumb for the Design of Interiors
Author: Guthrie, Pat
Call No.: NK2115 .G984 2012
Location: Architecture Library

Summary:
Fully revised throughout, Interior Designer's Portable Handbook, Third Edition, helps you create workable, on-the-spot design solutions by putting the latest codes, standards, specifications, costs, and materials data at your fingertips. This convenient pocket guide now includes information on green/sustainable components and technologies. Perfect for in-the-field estimating as well as licensing exam prep, this indispensable, time-saving tool helps you with everyday design challenges.



Title: Designing to Avoid Disaster: The Nature of Fracture-Critical Design
Author: Fisher, Thomas
Call No.: NK1520.F536 2013
Location: Architecture Library

Summary:
Recent catastrophic events, such as the I-35W bridge collapse, New Orleans flooding, the BP oil spill, Port au Prince's destruction by earthquake, Fukushima nuclear plant's devastation by tsunami, the Wall Street investment bank failures, and the housing foreclosure epidemic and the collapse of housing prices, all stem from what author Thomas Fisher calls fracture-critical design. This is design in which structures and systems have so little redundancy and so much interconnectedness and misguided efficiency that they fail completely if any one part does not perform as intended. If we, as architects, planners, engineers, and citizens are to predict and prepare for the next disaster, we need to recognize this error in our thinking and to understand how design thinking provides us with a way to anticipate unintended failures and increase the resiliency of the world in which we live.



Title: Sustainable Landscape Planning : The Reconnection Agenda
Author: Selman, Paul H.
Call No.: SB472.45 .S468 2012
Location: Architecture Library

Summary:
This book takes as its starting point the need to examine critically the case for landscape reconnection. It looks at alleged disconnections and their supposed consequences. It explores the arguments about reconnecting the natural and human elements of whole landscapes. More broadly, it considers landscape as an arena within which science, humanities and professions can find common ground, and in which vivid social learning can occur about key social and environmental issues. It takes a dynamic view of landscape, in contrast to the popular image of timeless, traditional scenery. It accepts that even the most cherished cultural landscapes will change and, indeed, it views ‘change drivers’ as a potentially positive means of creating new connectivities between people and place. It recognises the growing interest in promoting resilience and ecosystem services across extensive landscapes - such as by creating new 'space' for water and wildlife.



Title: Sprawling Cities and Our Endangered Public Health
Author: Verderber, Stephen
Call No.: RA566.6 .V483 2012
Location: Architecture Library

Summary:
Sprawl is an unsustainable pattern of growth that threatens to undermine the health of communities globally. It has been a dominant mid-to-late twentieth century growth pattern in developed countries and in the twenty-first century has shown widespread signs of proliferation in India, China, and other growing countries. The World Health Organization cites sprawl for its serious adverse public health consequences for humans and ecological habitats. The many adverse impacts of sprawl on the health of individuals, communities, and biological ecosystems are well documented. Architects have been rightly criticized for failing to grasp the aesthetic and functional challenge to create buildings and places that mitigate sprawl while simultaneously promoting healthier, active lifestyles in neighborhoods and communities.

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