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Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change
by Sue Roaf, Fergus Nicol, David Crichton

From the author of the bestseller 'Ecohouse' this challenging and exciting text gives you an insight into the real changes that are necessary to give our modern day built environment both 'sustainability' and 'survivability'.

The book is based on the premise that climate change is going to happen and its impacts on our lives are going to be far worse than generally expected. Sue Roaf argues that many modern buildings are not only 'unsustainable' in themselves but are also having a catastrophic effect on the global climate. In a unique argument, she illustrates that the only way we can hope to survive the following century in tact is if we not only begin to radically reduce CO2 emissions from our buildings and stop building climatically disastrous building types but also build only the buildings that can survive in the changed climates of the future.

Throughout the book, traditional and modern building types are used to: explain the history and impacts of climates past, present and future on buildings; set the scene in terms of the history of building development of where we are now and where we are going in terms of sustainability and survivability of buildings; develop two main scenarios of future building development with the 'business as usual' model and the 'survival plan' model, and to make a list of recommendations based on the two scenarios of what actions should be taken by architects, planners and engineers as well as local and national governments, businesses and ordinary people in ensuring the true sustainable nature of the built environment.

• A unique text that reassesses the fundamentals of sustainable design
• A discussion anddesign guide providing you with the full picture of true sustainability
• Includes case studies supporting the argument that challenges orthodox architectural design

Pub. Date: October 26, 2009 Publisher: Elsevier Science

Price: $49.95

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Architecture: A World History
by Daniel Borden, Joni Taylor, Jerzy Elzanowski

Lavishly illustrated and super-condensed, Architecture: A World History is the perfect gift for any architecture buff. In this pocket-sized book bursting with 600 illustrations, page after page is dedicated to significant architectural movements, time lines that explore the evolution of the practice, and capsule biographies of great architects and examinations of their masterpieces.

Organized chronologically, the book travels from prehistory to the present, highlighting noteworthy examples of important architectural styles, and showcasing the work of significant architects, including Mies van der Rohe, Frank Gehry, Philip Johnson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Zaha Hadid, and Rem Koolhaas. From the pyramids of Egypt to the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower to the Glass House, Architecture: A World History takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of the most spectacular examples of architecture from around the world and throughout time.

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams , Incorporated Pub. Date: March 2008 512pp

Price: $19.95

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Getting a Job in Architecture and Design
David W. Patterson

This is a practical guide for architects or other design professionals looking for a good job. Better job-hunting skills lead to better jobs. Here a seasoned architect shows how anyone, from student intern to project manager, can go after and find the best opportunities in virtually every aspect of building-related work, whether getting started, changing an area of speciality or career or seeking an upgrade.

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc. Pub. Date: January 2008 ISBN-13: 9780393732177 160pp

Price: $25.00

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Green Building Products 3rd Edition
by Alex Wilson (Editor), Mark Piepkorn (Editor), Nadav Malin (Editor)

Interest in sustainable, green building practices is greater than ever. Whether concerned about allergies, energy costs, old-growth forests, or durability and long-term value, homeowners and builders are looking for ways to ensure that their homes are healthy, safe, beautiful, and efficient.

In these pages are descriptions and manufacturer contact information for more than 1,400 environmentally preferable products and materials. All phases of residential construction, from sitework to flooring to renewable energy, are covered. Products are grouped by function, and each chapter begins with a discussion of key environmental considerations and what to look for in a green product. Over 40 percent revised, this updated edition includes over 120 new products. Categories of products include:

Publisher: New Society Publishers Pub. Date: January 2008 ISBN-13: 9780865716001 370pp Edition Description: Revised Edition Number: 3

Price: $37.95

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Houses & Materials: Elements on Architecture
by Cristina Paredes Benitez (Editor)

The materials used in the construction of single-family residences are increasingly important and on many occasions become the focal point of the construction. Advances in the composition, fabrication and application of materials allows for the creation of structures and forms that were unthinkable just a few decades ago. This volume contains chapters that display residences constructed using materials like metal, glass, wood, stone or concrete. The singularity of these homes is marked by the predominant use of one material, which in turn is linked with the original concept of the house. This book shows today s trends in the use of these materials without forgetting their applications in the field of interior design and decoration.

Publisher: Loft Publications Pub. Date: August 2008 ISBN-13: 9788496936270 256pp

Price: $35.00

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Natural Architecture
by Alessandro Rocca

Never has the relationship between art and nature been more complicated and more fragile, but also richer and more fascinating. The artists and architects in Natural Architecture have transformed the act of building into an art form capable of sparking new relationships with nature, landscape, and the environment. Though far from basic or primitive, these creations are built from humble elements branches, twigs, pebbles, straw, stone found at their site. Fulfilling a wide variety of intentions sometimes structural, sometimes sculptural, sometimes sacred the works presented here inspire a sense of awe and reverence for the forces of nature. From a bridge in Tibet connecting an orphanage and a nearby village, to a hut fit for mythical creatures, to a pavilion in Iceland with a roof made of water perpetually frozen in an exuberant shape, each project resonates with a sense of purpose and innate beauty.

Natural Architecture presents sixty-six site-specific installations that use raw materials, manual labor, and natural stimuli to create truly green architecture that is as organic as the materials with which it is created. Projects by Olafur Eliasson, Patrick Dougherty, Nils-Udo, Ex. Studio, Edward Ng, nArchitects, and many others are shown together for the first time. Selected for their commitment to the use of raw materials, manual labor, and natural inspiration, these works are vividly displayed in photographs, drawings, and models. These fantastical creations allow the changing landscape to naturally overtake each structure until it finally decomposes. Each project is accompanied by a series of photographs, drawings, and models. The rugged and surreal beauty of theprojects in Natural Architecture question the wisdom of our ever accelerating construction processes and point a way forward, toward a new organic simplicity of structure and form.

Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press Pub. Date: August 2007 ISBN-13

Price: $39.95

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Sustainable Homes USA
by Jacobo Krauel

Reduce, recycle, reuse--saving the earth begins at home

* Bamboo, paper, even bottles and tires--innovative ideas for home construction
* Thought-provoking ideas from all across America

Sustainability is the future of architecture. Here are the newest cutting-edge ideas in sustainable residential architecture in the United States, all featured in hundreds of full-color photographs and illustrations. The emphasis is on innovative ideas, new techniques, and more efficient energy systems. Unconventional building materials such as bamboo, paper, and even bottles and tires are just a few of the examples of American ingenuity showcased here.

Publisher: Links Internacional Pub. Date: November 2008 ISBN-13: 9788496424302 240pp

Price: $39.95

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Sustainable Landscaping For Dummies
by Owen E. Dell

Sustainable Landscaping For Dummies provides hands-on, how-to instruction for realizing the benefits of a sustainable landscape, from selecting sutainable hardscape materials to installing a rain-water catchment system to choosing native plants.

Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated Pub. Date: February 2009 ISBN-13: 9780470411490 364pp Series: For Dummies Series

Price: $21.99

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The Vertical Garden: From Nature to the City
by Patrick Blanc

Patrick Blanc, an artist with a green thumb, has created dozens of his admired botanical tapestries in public and private spaces around the world, including the Marithé & François Girbaud boutique in Manhattan; the Jean Nouvel-designed Quai Branly Museum in Paris; the aquarium in Genoa; the Siam Paragon mall in Bangkok; and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan. In this luscious, oversize, all-color book, he explains how to create plant walls using more than one thousand plants, drawing on his observation of natural milieus, his technique of growing on vertical surfaces, his savoir faire, and his passion for plants.

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc. Pub. Date: July 2008 ISBN-13: 9780393732597 192pp

Price: $60.00

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