Energy Manual: Sustainable Architecture

Energy Manual: Sustainable Architecture

While the efficiency and sustainability offensive is in full swing in most sectors of the economy, in the construction sector it is still in its very beginnings economically as well as ecologically. However, politicians and policymakers at the global, European, and national levels have begun to address this deficit and are seeking to correct it with legal requirements and laws like EnEV, building certifications, and competitions. Following the proven model of earlier manuals in the series, the Energy Manual presents a comprehensive look at …

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Housing as intervention: architecture towards social equity

Housing as intervention: architecture towards social equity

Across the world, the housing crisis is escalating. Mass migration to cities has led to rapid urbanisation on an unprecedented scale, while the withdrawal of public funding from social housing provision in Western Countries, and widening income inequality, have further compounded the situation. In prosperous US and European cities, middle- and low-income residents are being pushed out of housing markets increasingly dominated by luxury investors. The average London tennant, for example, now pays an unaffordable 49 percent of his or her pre-tax income in …

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Transcending architecture: contemporary views on sacred space

Transcending architecture: contemporary views on sacred space

None How should we construct sacred spaces, the places where we worship? Transcending Architecture considers the mysterious, profound, and real power of designed environments to address the spiritual dimension of our humanity. By incorporating perspectives from within and without architecture, the book offers a wide, critical, and nuanced understanding of the lived relationship between the built and the numinous worlds. Far from avoiding the charged issues of subjectivity, culture and intangibility, the book examines phenomenological, symbolic and designerly ways in which the holy gets …

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Designing, Developing, and Facilitating Smart Cities Urban Design to IoT Solutions

Designing, Developing, and Facilitating Smart Cities Urban Design to IoT Solutions

None This book discusses how smart cities strive to deploy and interconnect infrastructures and services to guarantee that authorities and citizens have access to reliable and global customized services. The book addresses the wide range of topics present in the design, development and running of smart cities, ranging from big data management, Internet of Things, and sustainable urban planning. The authors cover – from concept to practice – both the technical aspects of smart cities enabled primarily by the Internet of Things and the …

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How to fix absolutely anything: a homeowner’s guide

How to fix absolutely anything: a homeowner's guide

The one book that shows you how to fix anything anywhere in your home!There are a million things that can go wrong in your home. Faucets leak. Floorboards creak. Paint flakes. Chairs break. With How to Fix Absolutely Anything, you’ll have step-by-step instructions to tackle even the most confounding repairs in your home, including: Installing a toilet Replacing the belts on your washer and dryer Patching up a hole in the wall Bringing a power adapter back to life Re-covering chairs Getting wax out …

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Origins of Architectural Pleasure

Origins of Architectural Pleasure

Do survival instincts have anything to do with our architectural choicesour liking for a certain room, a special stairway, a plaza in a particular city? In this engaging study Grant Hildebrand discusses ways in which architectural forms emulate some archetypal settings that humans have found appealingand useful to survivalfrom ancient times to the present. Speculating that nature has “designed” us to prefer certain conditions and experiences, Hildebrand is interested in how the characteristics of our most satisfying built environments mesh with Darwinian selection. In …

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Forensic Architecture: violence at the threshold of detectability

Forensic Architecture: violence at the threshold of detectability

In recent years, the group Forensic Architecture began using novel research methods to undertake a series of investigations into human rights abuses. Today, the group provides crucial evidence for international courts and works with a wide range of activist groups, NGOs, Amnesty International, and the UN. Forensic Architecture has not only shed new light on human rights violations and state crimes across the globe, but has also created a new form of investigative practice that bears its name. The group uses architecture as an …

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150 best terraces and balcony ideas

150 best terraces and balcony ideas

150 Best Terrace and Balcony Ideas is the ultimate resource for innovative terrace, roof garden, patio, and balcony design ideas for outdoor spaces of all shapes and sizes. Featured inside this lavish guidebook are 150 never-before-shared tips and techniques provided by internationally renowned architects and designers, along with full-color photographs and diagrams of sixty-five uniquely beautiful projects from around the world. The design ideas reveal how to create exterior spaces that are clean, modern, and comfortable, as well as how to use cutting-edge materials …

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