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The Measure of Manhattan: The Tumultuous Career and Surprising Le...
by Marguerite Holloway

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

February 18, 2013

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<p><strong>"Randel is endlessly fascinating, and Holloway’s biography tells his life with great skill." —Steve Weinberg, <em>USA Today</em></strong></p><br /><p>John Randel Jr. (1787–1865) was an eccentric and flamboyant surveyor. Renowned for his inventiveness as well as for his bombast and irascibility, Randel was central to Manhattan’s development but died in financial ruin. Telling Randel’s engrossing and dramatic life story for the first time, this eye-opening biography introduces an unheralded pioneer of American engineering and mapmaking.</p><br /><p>Charged with “gridding” what was then an undeveloped, hilly island, Randel recorded the contours of Manhattan down to the rocks on its shores. He was obsessed with accuracy and steeped in the values of the Enlightenment, in which math and science promised dominion over nature. The result was a series of maps, astonishing in their detail and precision, which undergird our knowledge about the island today. During his varied career Randel created surveying devices, designed an early elevated subway, and proposed a controversial alternative route for the Erie Canal—winning him admirers and enemies.</p><br /><p><em>The Measure of Manhattan</em> is more than just the life of an unrecognized engineer. It is about the ways in which surveying and cartography changed the ground beneath our feet. Bringing Randel’s story into the present, Holloway travels with contemporary surveyors and scientists trying to envision Manhattan as a wild island once again.</p><br /><p>Illustrated with dozens of historical images and antique maps, <em>The Measure of Manhattan</em> is an absorbing story of a fascinating man that captures the era when Manhattan—indeed, the entire country—still seemed new, the moment before canals and railroads helped draw a grid across the American landscape.</p>
The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition
by Donald A. Norman

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English

Pages

370

Publication Date

November 05, 2013

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<div><b>The ultimate guide to human-centered design </b></div><div><br /></div><div>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.</div><div><i><br /></i></div><div><i>The Design of Everyday Things</i> 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.<br /><br /><i>The Design of Everyday Things</i> is a powerful primer on how--and why--some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.<br /></div>
Ballpark: Baseball in the American City
by Paul Goldberger

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

May 14, 2019

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<b>An exhilarating, splendidly illustrated, entirely new look at the history of baseball: told through the stories of the vibrant and ever-changing ballparks where the game was and is staged, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic.</b><br /><br />From the earliest corrals of the mid-1800s (Union Grounds in Brooklyn was a "saloon in the open air"), to the much mourned parks of the early 1900s (Detroit's Tiger Stadium, Cincinnati's Palace of the Fans), to the stadiums we fill today, Paul Goldberger makes clear the inextricable bond between the American city and America's favorite pastime. In the changing locations and architecture of our ballparks, Goldberger reveals the manifestations of a changing society: the earliest ballparks evoked the Victorian age in their accommodations--bleachers for the riffraff, grandstands for the middle-class; the "concrete donuts" of the 1950s and '60s made plain television's grip on the public's attention; and more recent ballparks, like Baltimore's Camden Yards, signal a new way forward for stadium design and for baseball's role in urban development. Throughout, Goldberger shows us the way in which baseball's history is concurrent with our cultural history: the rise of urban parks and public transportation; the development of new building materials and engineering and design skills. And how the site details and the requirements of the game--the diamond, the outfields, the walls, the grandstands--shaped our most beloved ballparks. <br /><br />A fascinating, exuberant ode to the Edens at the heart of our cities--where dreams are as limitless as the outfields.
Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism
by Fumio Sasaki

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English

Pages

260

Publication Date

April 11, 2017

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<p><strong>The best-selling phenomenon from Japan that shows us a minimalist life is a happy life.</strong></p><br /><p>Fumio Sasaki is not an enlightened minimalism expert or organizing guru like Marie Kondo—he’s just a regular guy who was stressed out and constantly comparing himself to others, until one day he decided to change his life by saying goodbye to everything he didn’t absolutely need. The effects were remarkable: Sasaki gained true freedom, new focus, and a real sense of gratitude for everything around him. In <em>Goodbye, Things</em> Sasaki modestly shares his personal minimalist experience, offering specific tips on the minimizing process and revealing how the new minimalist movement can not only transform your space but truly enrich your life. The benefits of a minimalist life can be realized by anyone, and Sasaki’s humble vision of true happiness will open your eyes to minimalism’s potential.</p>
The Science Fiction Collection
by , Ben Bova

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English

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Publication Date

April 15, 2019

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The Science Fiction Collection features some of the most amazing sci fi tales ever told!<br /><br />Featuring:<br /><br />The Sentimentalists, by Murray Leinster<br />The Girls from Earth, by Frank Robinson<br />The Death Traps of FX-31, by Sewell Wright<br />Song in a minor key, by C.L. Moore<br />Sentry of the Sky, by Evelyn E. Smith<br />Meeting of the Minds, by Robert Sheckley<br />Junior, by Robert Abernathy<br />Death Wish, by Ned Lang<br />Dead World, by Jack Douglas<br />Cost of Living, by Robert Sheckley<br />Aloys, by R.A. Lafferty<br />With These Hands, by C.M. Kornbluth<br />What is POSAT?, by Phyllis Sterling-Smith<br />A Little Journey, by Ray Bradbury<br />Hunt the Hunter, by Kris Neville<br />Citizen Jell, by Michael Shaara<br />Operation Distress, by Lester Del Rey<br />Syndrome Johnny, by Charles Dye<br />Psychotennis, anyone?, by Lloyd Williams<br />Prime Difference, by Alan Nourse<br />Doorstep, by Keith Laumer<br />The Drug, by C.C. MacApp<br />An Elephant For the Prinkip, by L.J. Stecher<br />License to Steal, by Louis Newman<br />The Last Letter, by Fritz Lieber<br />The Stuff, by Henry Slesar<br />The Celestial Hammerlock, by Donald Colvin<br />Always A Qurono, by Jim Harmon<br />Jamieson, by Bill Doede<br />A Fall of Glass, by Stanley Lee<br />Shatter the Wall, by Sydney Van Scyoc<br />Transfer Point, by Anthony Boucher<br />Thy Name Is Woman, by Kenneth O’Hara<br />Twelve Times Zero, by Howard Browne<br />All Day Wednesday, by Richard Olin<br />Blind Spot, by Bascom Jones<br />Double Take, by Richard Wilson<br />Field Trip, by Gene Hunter<br />Larson’s Luck, by Gerald Vance<br />Navy Day, by Harry Harrison<br />One Martian Afternoon, by Tom Leahy<br />Planet of Dreams, by James McKimmey<br />Prelude To Space, by Robert Haseltine<br />Pythias, by Frederik Pohl<br />Show Business, by Boyd Ellanby<br />Slaves of Mercury, by Nat Schachner<br />Sound of Terror, by Don Berry<br />The Big Tomorrow, by Paul Lohrman<br />The Four-Faced Visitors of…Ezekiel, by Arthur Orton<br />The Happy Man, by Gerald Page<br />The Last Supper, by T.D. Hamm<br />The One and the Many, by Milton Lesser<br />The Other Likeness, by James Schmitz<br />The Outbreak of Peace, by H.B. Fyfe<br />The Skull, by Philip K. Dick<br />The Smiler, by Albert Hernhunter<br />The Unthinking Destroyer, by Roger Phillips<br />Two Timer, by Frederic Brown<br />Vital Ingredient, by Charles De Vet<br />Weak on Square Roots, by Russell Burton<br />With a Vengeance, by J.B. Woodley<br />Zero Hour, by Alexander Blade<br />The Great Nebraska Sea, by Allan Danzig<br />The Valor of Cappen Varra, by Poul Anderson<br />A Bad Day for Vermin, by Keith Laumer<br />Hall of Mirrors, by Frederic Brown<br />Common Denominator, by John MacDonald<br />Doctor, by Murray Leinster<br />The Nothing Equation, by Tom Godwin<br />The Last Evolution, by John Campbell<br />A Hitch in Space, by Fritz Leiber<br />On the Fourth Planet, by J.F. Bone<br />Flight From Tomorrow, by H. Beam Piper<br />Card Trick, by Walter Bupp<br />The K-Factor, by Harry Harrison<br />The Lani People, by J. F. Bone<br />Advanced Chemistry, by Jack Huekels<br />Sodom and Gomorrah, Texas, by R. A. Lafferty<br />Keep Out, by Frederic Brown<br />All Cats are Gray, by Andre Norton<br />A Problem in Communication, by Miles J. Breuer<br />The Terrible Tentacles of L-472, by Sewell Peaslee Wright<br />Marooned Under the Sea, by Paul Ernst<br />The Murder Machine, by Hugh B. Cave<br />The Attack from Space, by Captain S. P. Meek<br />The Knights of Arthur, by Frederik Pohl<br />And All the Earth a Grave, by C.C. MacApp<br />Citadel, by Algis Budrys<br />Micro-Man, by Weaver Wright<br />Missing Link, by Frank Herbert<br />People Soup, by Alan Arkin<br />The Brain, by Alexander Blade<br />The Judas Valley, by Gerald Vance<br />The Moon is Green, by Fritz Leiber<br />The Next Logical Step, by Ben Bova<br />The Year When Stardust Fell, by Raymond Jones<br />Toy Shop, by Harry Harriso [...]
Affordable Interior Design: High-End Tips for Any Budget
by Betsy Helmuth

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English

Pages

160

Publication Date

January 02, 2019

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<B>Live in luxury—on a budget. </B><BR><BR> Homeowners and renters of all means dream of having a beautiful home. The media makes it look so easy, but many of us have less to work with and still long to live in style. <I>Affordable Interior Design</I> makes luxury an affordable reality. In this DIY home decorating handbook, Helmuth reveals insider tips and her tried-and-tested methods for choosing colors, creating a gallery wall, how to use accent tables, entry benches, rugs, and more! <BR><BR> Helmuth has shared her affordable design advice and step-by-step approaches with millions through live teaching workshops, guest columns, television appearances, and interviews. Now, she has distilled her expertise into this practical guide. The chapters follow her secret design formula and include creating a design budget, mapping out floor plans, selecting a color palette, and accessorizing like a stylist.<BR><BR> It’s time to start living in the home of your dreams without maxing out your credit cards. Learn how with <I>Affordable Interior Design</I>!
Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About...
by Reese Witherspoon

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English

Pages

299

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b>Academy Award–winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur Reese Witherspoon invites you into her world, where she infuses the southern style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm.</b><BR><BR>Reese Witherspoon’s grandmother Dorothea always said that a combination of beauty and strength made southern women “whiskey in a teacup.” We may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside we’re strong and fiery.<BR> <BR>Reese’s southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of southern living with practically everyone she meets. She takes the South wherever she goes with bluegrass, big holiday parties, and plenty of Dorothea’s fried chicken. It’s reflected in how she entertains, decorates her home, and makes holidays special for her kids—not to mention how she talks, dances, and does her hair (in these pages, you will learn Reese’s fail-proof, only slightly insane hot-roller technique). Reese loves sharing Dorothea’s most delicious recipes as well as her favorite southern traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honky-tonks.<BR> <BR>It’s easy to bring a little bit of Reese’s world into your home, no matter where you live. After all, there’s a southern side to every place in the world, right?
Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave
by Joanna Gaines

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

November 06, 2018

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<p></p><p></p><p>In <em>Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave</em>, Joanna Gaines walks you through how to create a home that reflects the personalities and stories of the people who live there. Using examples from her own farmhouse as well as a range of other homes, this comprehensive guide will help you assess your priorities and instincts, as well as your likes and dislikes, with practical steps for navigating and embracing your authentic design style. Room by room, <em>Homebody </em>gives you an in-depth look at how these styles are implemented as well as how to blend the looks you're drawn to in order to create spaces that feel distinctly yours. A design template at the end of the book offers a step-by-step guide to planning and sketching out your own design plans. The insight shared in <em>Homebody </em>will instill in you the confidence to thoughtfully create spaces you never want to leave.</p>
Innovations in Hospital Architecture
by Stephen Verderber

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English

Pages

392

Publication Date

March 31, 2010

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<P>This indispensable reference book captures key recent developments in the rapidly evolving field of sustainable hospital architecture. Today’s architects must provide hospitals which enable high quality care for diverse patient populations in carbon neutral care settings, and this book succinctly considers what needs to be done in order to meet that challenge. The contemporary hospital is viewed in the context of global climate change, the planet’s diminishing natural resources and the spiralling cost of operating healthcare facilities.</P><br /><P>Stephen Verderber considers the future of the hospital, and supplies a compendium of 100 planning and design considerations for the building type. The book includes twenty-eight case studies of built and unbuilt hospitals from around the world. These are grouped into five types - autonomous community based hospitals, children’s hospitals, rehabilitation and elderly care centres and hospitals, regional medical centre campuses, and visionary (unbuilt) projects.</P><br /><P>Beautifully and extensively illustrated with many photographs, diagrams and floor plans, this is essential reading for all architects, planners, engineers, product manufacturers, clients, healthcare providers and government agencies involved in the present and future of sustainable healthcare environments.</P>
The Death and Life of Great American Cities
by Jane Jacobs

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English

Pages

448

Publication Date

July 20, 2016

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Thirty years after its publication, <b><i>The Death and Life of Great American Cities</i></b> was described by <i>The New York Times</i> as "perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning....[It] can also be seen in a much larger context.  It is first of all a work of literature; the descriptions of street life as a kind of ballet and the bitingly satiric account of traditional planning theory can still be read for pleasure even by those who long ago absorbed and appropriated the book's arguments."  Jane Jacobs, an editor and writer on architecture in New York City in the early sixties, argued that urban diversity and vitality were being destroyed by powerful architects and city planners.  Rigorous, sane, and delightfully epigrammatic, Jacobs's small masterpiece is a blueprint for the humanistic management of cities.  It is sensible, knowledgeable, readable, indispensable.  The author has written a new foreword for this Modern Library edition.

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