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Concrete 2000: Economic and Durable Construction Through Excellen...
by M. Roderick Jones

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English

Pages

2000

Publication Date

March 10, 2009

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The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition
by Don Norman

Language

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>
The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved...
by Ulrich Boser

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English

Pages

282

Publication Date

February 19, 2009

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<p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: normal"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'">“Boser cracks the cold case of the art world’s greatest unsolved mystery.”<br />—<em>Vanity Fair</em><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: normal"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'"><o:p> </o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: normal"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: 'Times New Roman','serif'">“The True Story of the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Theft,” <em>The Gardner Heist </em>by Ulrich Boser is a fascinating account of a brazen and amazing criminal act—a book that could help police and investigators solve the mystery of the 1990 break-in and burglary at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. “A tantalizing whodunit” (<em>Boston Globe</em>) and a “riveting, wonderfully vivid account [that] takes you into the underworld of obsessed art detectives, con men, and thieves” (Jonathan Harr, author of <em>The Lost Painting</em>), <em>The Gardner Heist </em>is true crime history at its most spellbinding.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight ...
by Eric Klinenberg

Language

English

Pages

288

Publication Date

September 11, 2018

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<b><b>A <i>New York Times Book Review</i> Editors' Choice</b><br /><br />An eminent sociologist and bestselling author offers an inspiring blueprint for rebuilding our fractured society.</b><br /> <b> </b><br /> 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?<br />  <br /> In <i>Palaces for the People</i>, 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.<br />  <br /> 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. <br /><br />Richly reported, elegantly written, and ultimately uplifting, <i>Palaces for the People</i> 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.
Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods
by , Joseph Iano

Language

English

Pages

1024

Publication Date

October 03, 2013

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<p><b>Note from the publisher:<br /><br /></b>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.</p> <p> </p>
The Culture of Cities (Forbidden Bookshelf Book 19)
by Lewis Mumford

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English

Pages

640

Publication Date

March 08, 2016

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<DIV><B>A visionary survey of urbanism from the Middle Ages to the late 1930s, with a new introduction by Thomas Fisher</B><BR /><BR /> Considered among the greatest works of Lewis Mumford—a prolific historian, sociologist, philosopher of technology, and longtime architecture critic for the<I> New Yorker—The Culture of Cities</I> is a call for communal action to “rebuild the urban world on a sounder human foundation.” First published in 1938, this radical investigation into the human environment is based on firsthand surveys of North American and European locales, as well as extensive historical and technological research. Mumford takes readers from the compact, worker-friendly streets of medieval hamlets to the symmetrical neoclassical avenues of Renaissance cities. He studies the squalor of nineteenth-century factory towns and speculates on the fate of the booming twentieth-century Megalopolis—whose impossible scale, Mumford believes, can only lead to its collapse into a “Nekropolis,” a monstrosity of living death.<BR />  <BR /> A civic visionary, Mumford is credited with some of the earliest proposals for ecological urban planning and the appropriate use of technology to create balanced living environments. In the final chapters of <I>The Culture of Cities</I>, he outlines possible paths toward utopian future cities that could be free of the stressors of the Megalopolis, in sync with the rhythms of daily life, powered by clean energy, integrated with agricultural regions, and full of honest and comfortable housing for the working class. The principles set forth by these visions, once applied to Nazi-occupied Europe’s razed cities, are still relevant today as technological advances and overpopulation change the nature of urban life.<BR />  <BR />  </DIV>
Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architec...
by Ross King

Language

English

Pages

208

Publication Date

August 13, 2013

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On August 19, 1418, a competition concerning Florence's magnificent new cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore--already under construction for more than a century--was announced: "Whoever desires to make any model or design for the vaulting of the main Dome....shall do so before the end of the month of September." The proposed dome was regarded far and wide as all but impossible to build: not only would it be enormous, but its original and sacrosanct design shunned the flying buttresses that supported cathedrals all over Europe. The dome would literally need to be erected over thin air.<br /> <br /> Of the many plans submitted, one stood out--a daring and unorthodox solution to vaulting what is still the largest dome (143 feet in diameter) in the world. It was offered not by a master mason or carpenter, but by a goldsmith and clockmaker named Filippo Brunelleschi, who would dedicate the next twenty-eight years to solving the puzzles of the dome's construction. In the process, he did nothing less than reinvent the field of architecture.<br /> <br /> <i>Brunelleschi's Dome</i> is the story of how a Renaissance genius bent men, materials, and the very forces of nature to build an architectural wonder we continue to marvel at today. Denounced at first as a madman, Brunelleschi was celebrated at the end as a genius. He engineered the perfect placement of brick and stone, built ingenious hoists and cranes to carry an estimated 70 million pounds hundreds of feet into the air, and designed the workers' platforms and routines so carefully that only one man died during the decades of construction--all the while defying those who said the dome would surely collapse and his own personal obstacles that at times threatened to overwhelm him. <br /> <br /> Even today, in an age of soaring skyscrapers, the cathedral dome of Santa Maria del Fiore retains a rare power to astonish. Ross King brings its creation to life in a fifteenth-century chronicle with twenty-first-century resonance.
Confessions Of an Art Addict
by Peggy Guggenheim

Language

English

Pages

192

Publication Date

April 16, 2013

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<p>A patron of art since the 1930s, Peggy Guggenheim, in a candid self-portrait, provides an insider's view of the early days of modern art, with revealing accounts of her eccentric wealthy family, her personal and professional relationships, and often surprising portrayals of the artists themselves. Here is a book that captures a valuable chapter in the history of modern art, as well as the spirit of one of its greatest advocates.</p>
Architecture: Form, Space, and Order
by Francis D. K. Ching

Language

English

Pages

465

Publication Date

October 13, 2014

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<b>The revered architectural reference, updated with contemporary examples and interactive 3D models</b> <p><i>The Interactive Resource Center</i> is an online learning environment where instructors and students can access the tools they need to make efficient use of their time, while reinforcing and assessing their understanding of key concepts for successful understanding of the course. An access card with redemption code for the online <i>Interactive Resource Center</i> is included with <b>all new, print copies</b> or can be purchased separately.    (***If you rent or purchase a used book with an access code, the access code may have been redeemed previously and you may have to purchase a new access code -ISBN: 9781118986837).</p> <p>The online <i>Interactive Resource Center</i> contains resources tied to the book, such as:</p> <ul> <li>Interactive Animations highlighting key concepts</li> <li>Photo Gallery of architectural precedents illustrated in the book</li> <li>Flashcards for focused learning</li> </ul> <p><i>Architecture: Form, Space, and Order, Fourth Edition</i> is the classic introduction to the basic vocabulary of architectural design, updated with new information on emerging trends and recent developments. This bestselling visual reference helps both students and professionals understand the vocabulary of architectural design by examining how space and form are ordered in the environment.</p> <p>Essential and timeless, the fundamental elements of space and form still present a challenge to those who crave a deeper understanding. Taking a critical look at the evolution of spaces, <i>Architecture</i> distills complex concepts of design into a clear focus that inspires, bringing difficult abstractions to life. The book is illustrated throughout to demonstrate the concepts presented, and show the relationships between fundamental elements of architecture through the ages and across cultures. Topics include:</p> <ul> <li>Primary elements and the principles of space design</li> <li>Form and space, including light, view, openings, and enclosures</li> <li>Organization of space, and the elements and relationships of circulation</li> <li>Proportion and scale, including proportioning systems and anthropometry</li> </ul>
Urban Design for an Urban Century: Shaping More Livable, Equitabl...
by , David Dixon

Language

English

Pages

334

Publication Date

May 27, 2014

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<p>This book offers a comprehensive introduction to urban design, from a historical overview and basic principles to practical design concepts and strategies. It discusses the demographic, environmental, economic, and social issues that influence the decision-making and implementation processes of urban design. The <i>Second Edition</i> has been fully revised to include thorough coverage of sustainability issues and to integrate new case studies into the core concepts discussed.</p>

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