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release date: Sep 15, 2003
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The Dot
With a simple, witty story and free-spirited illustrations, Peter H. Reynolds entices even the stubbornly uncreative among us to make a mark — and follow where it takes us.

Her teacher smiled. "Just make a mark and see where it takes you."

Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw - she’s no artist. To prove her point, Vashti jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. "There!" she says.

That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery. That special moment is the core of Peter H. Reynolds’s delicate fable about the creative spirit in all of us.
release date: Nov 05, 2013
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The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition
The ultimate guide to human-centered design

Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. The fault, argues this ingenious-even liberating-book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. The problems range from ambiguous and hidden controls to arbitrary relationships between controls and functions, coupled with a lack of feedback or other assistance and unreasonable demands on memorization.

The Design of Everyday Things shows that good, usable design is possible. The rules are simple: make things visible, exploit natural relationships that couple function and control, and make intelligent use of constraints. The goal: guide the user effortlessly to the right action on the right control at the right time.

The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful primer on how--and why--some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.
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release date: Feb 07, 2014
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Building Construction Illustrated
The classic visual guide to the basics of building construction,now with a 3D digital building model for interactive learning

For over three decades, Building Construction Illustratedhas offered an outstanding introduction to the principles ofbuilding construction. This new edition of the revered classicremains as relevant as ever, providing the latest information inFrancis D.K. Ching's signature style. Its rich and comprehensiveapproach clearly presents all of the basic concepts underlyingbuilding construction.

New to this edition are digital enhancements delivered as anonline companion to the print edition and also embedded in e-bookeditions. Features include a 3D model showing how buildingcomponents come together in a final project.

  • llustrated throughout with clear and accurate drawings thatpresent the state of the art in construction processes andmaterials
  • Updated and revised to include the latest knowledge onsustainability, incorporation of building systems, and use of newmaterials
  • Contains archetypal drawings that offer clear inspiration fordesigners and drafters
  • Reflects the 2012 International Building Codes and 2012 LEEDsystem

This new edition of Building Construction Illustratedremains as relevant as ever, with the most current knowledgepresented in a rich and comprehensive manner that does notdisappoint.

release date: Oct 14, 2013
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Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods

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Now in its sixth edition, this bestselling reference focuses on the basic materials and methods used in building construction. Emphasizing common construction systems such as light wood frame, masonry bearing wall, steel frame, and reinforced concrete construction, the new edition includes new information on building materials properties; the latest on "pre-engineered" building components and sustainability issues; and reflects the latest building codes and standards. It also features an expanded series of case studies along with more axonometric detail drawings and revised photographs for a thoroughly illustrated approach.

 

release date: Sep 29, 2014
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Architecture: Form, Space, and Order
The revered architectural reference, updated with contemporaryexamples and interactive 3D models

The Interactive Resource Center is an online learningenvironment where instructors and students can access the toolsthey need to make efficient use of their time, while reinforcingand assessing their understanding of key concepts for successfulunderstanding of the course. An access card with redemption codefor the online Interactive Resource Center isincluded with all new, print copies or can bepurchased separately.    (***If you rent or purchase aused book with an access code, the access code may have beenredeemed previously and you may have to purchase a new access code-ISBN: 9781118986837).

The online Interactive Resource Center containsresources tied to the book, such as:

  • Interactive Animations highlighting key concepts
  • Photo Gallery of architectural precedents illustrated in thebook
  • Flashcards for focused learning

Architecture: Form, Space, and Order, Fourth Edition isthe classic introduction to the basic vocabulary of architecturaldesign, updated with new information on emerging trends and recentdevelopments. This bestselling visual reference helps both studentsand professionals understand the vocabulary of architectural designby examining how space and form are ordered in the environment.

Essential and timeless, the fundamental elements of space andform still present a challenge to those who crave a deeperunderstanding. Taking a critical look at the evolution of spaces,Architecture distills complex concepts of design into aclear focus that inspires, bringing difficult abstractions to life.The book is illustrated throughout to demonstrate the conceptspresented, and show the relationships between fundamental elementsof architecture through the ages and across cultures. Topicsinclude:

  • Primary elements and the principles of space design
  • Form and space, including light, view, openings, andenclosures
  • Organization of space, and the elements and relationships ofcirculation
  • Proportion and scale, including proportioning systems andanthropometry
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release date: Jun 05, 2014
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2015 International Building Code
Featuring the very latest industry standards in material design, the 2015 INTERNATIONAL BUILDING CODE SOFT COVER version offers up-to-date, comprehensive insight into the regulations surrounding the design and installation of building systems. It provides valuable structural, fire-, and life- safety provisions that cover means of egress, interior finish requirements, roofs, seismic engineering, innovative construction technology, and occupancy classifications for all types of buildings except those which are detached one and two family homes and townhouses not more than 3 stories high. New code sections have been added to the 2015 IBC that cover rooftop mounted photovoltaic solar panels and all the content in the book is developed in the context of the broad-based principles that facilitate the use of new materials and building designs. The updates to this code make it an essential reference guide for anyone seeking a strong working knowledge of building systems.
release date: Sep 11, 2018
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Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the  Decline of Civic Life
New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

An eminent sociologist and bestselling author offers an inspiring blueprint for rebuilding our fractured society.

 
We are living in a time of deep divisions. Americans are sorting themselves along racial, religious, and cultural lines, leading to a level of polarization that the country hasn’t seen since the Civil War. Pundits and politicians are calling for us to come together, to find common purpose. But how, exactly, can this be done?
 
In Palaces for the People, Eric Klinenberg suggests a way forward. He believes that the future of democratic societies rests not simply on shared values but on shared spaces: the libraries, childcare centers, bookstores, churches, synagogues, and parks where crucial, sometimes life-saving connections, are formed. These are places where people gather and linger, making friends across group lines and strengthening the entire community. Klinenberg calls this the “social infrastructure”: When it is strong, neighborhoods flourish; when it is neglected, as it has been in recent years, families and individuals must fend for themselves.
 
Klinenberg takes us around the globe—from a floating school in Bangladesh to an arts incubator in Chicago, from a soccer pitch in Queens to an evangelical church in Houston—to show how social infrastructure is helping to solve some of our most pressing challenges: isolation, crime, education, addiction, political polarization, and even climate change.

Richly reported, elegantly written, and ultimately uplifting, Palaces for the People urges us to acknowledge the crucial role these spaces play in civic life. Our social infrastructure could be the key to bridging our seemingly unbridgeable divides—and safeguarding democracy.
release date: Jan 17, 2017
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The Architect's Studio Companion: Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Design

The time-saving resource every architect needs

The Architect’s Studio Companion is a robust, user-friendly resource that keeps important information at your fingertips throughout the design process. It includes guidelines for the design of structure, environmental systems, parking, accessibility, and more. This new sixth edition has been fully updated with the latest model building codes for the U.S. and Canada, extensive new information on heating and cooling systems for buildings, and new structural systems, all in a form that facilitates rapid preliminary design. More than just a reference, this book is a true companion that no practicing architect or student should be without.

This book provides quick access to guidelines for systems that affect the form and spatial organization of buildings and allows this information to be incorporated into the earliest stages of building design. With it you can:

  • Select, configure, and size structural systems
  • Plan for building heating and cooling
  • Incorporate passive systems and daylighting into your design
  • Design for parking and meet code-related life-safety and accessibility requirements

Relying on straightforward diagrams and clear written explanations, the designer can lay out the fundamental systems of a building in a matter of minutes—without getting hung up on complicated technical concepts. By introducing building systems into the early stages of design, the need for later revisions or redesign is reduced, and projects stay on time and on budget. The Architect’s Studio Companion is the time-saving tool that helps you bring it all together from the beginning.

release date: Sep 06, 2016
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The Finer Things: Timeless Furniture, Textiles, and Details
With a foreword by Miles Redd, this luxurious decorating resource trains the eye to recognize enduring, quality home goods and to use them to dazzling design effect.

Quality matters. Just as a home’s foundation should be built to stand the test of time, so, too, should the furniture, objects, and elements of our rooms speak to an enduring sense of beauty and comfort. They should outlast trends and our loving day-to-day use. But how does one recognize quality and judge whether something is well made?

Christiane Lemieux set out to answer this question by interviewing the world’s greatest experts. Weaving together the insights and guidance of dozens of wallpaper and paint specialists, textile fabricators, accessories artisans, and interior designers, Lemieux has curated an unparalleled education in recognizing the hallmarks of timeless, heirloom-quality pieces. Hundreds of elegant home interiors—both iconic examples from the past and stunning residences today--represent the range of luxurious and customized environments that can be created with fine décor.
release date: Apr 06, 2015
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Architectural Graphics
The bestselling guide to architectural drawing, with newinformation, examples, and resources

Architectural Graphics is the classic bestsellingreference by one of the leading global authorities on architecturaldesign drawing, Francis D.K. Ching. Now in its sixth edition, thisessential guide offers a comprehensive introduction to usinggraphic tools and drafting conventions to translate architecturalideas into effective visual presentations, using hundreds of theauthor's distinctive drawings to illustrate the topic effectively.This updated edition includes new information on orthographicprojection in relation to 3D models, and revised explanations ofline weights, scale and dimensioning, and perspective drawing toclarify some of the most difficult concepts. New examples of modernfurniture, APA facilities, and presentation layout provide moreup-to-date visuals, and the Reference Center features all newanimations, videos, and practice exercises.

Architectural graphics are key tools for conveying designthrough representation on paper or on screen, and this book is theultimate guide to mastering the skill, then applying your talent tocreate more effective design communication.

  • Understand multiview, paraline, and perspective drawing
  • Master interior sections using a variety of techniques
  • Render tonal value, enhance depth, and convey illumination
  • Develop professional-quality layouts for presentations

Architectural graphics both inform the design process and serveas the means by which a design is interpreted and built. Completemastery of the tools and conventions is essential to the successfuloutcome of any project, and mistakes can cause confusion, timedelays, increased costs, and possible catastrophe. ArchitecturalGraphics is the comprehensive guide to professionalarchitectural drawing, with insight from a leading authority in thefield.

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