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Environmental Issues for Architecture

Environmental Issues for Architecture by David Lee Smith
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A comprehensive introduction to environmental controls forarchitectural design

With concerns for sustainability rapidly changing thetechnological playing field, the romanticized depiction ofarchitects as solitary artists confined to their drafting tables isbecoming a thing of the past. More than ever, today's architectsmust assume a leadership role in collaborative design that involvesmany professional interactions. This requires that architects havean all-inclusive understanding of the environmental concernsinfluencing their designs.

Comprehensive and broad in scope, this designer-friendly guidedelivers solid fundamentals from a historical perspective, coveringenvironmental design topics that range from lighting, acoustics,thermal control, and plumbing to fire protection egress, elevators,and escalators. It shows how the interconnection between scienceand aesthetics holds the key to creating buildings that arestructurally enduring and socially responsible. This book:

  • Gives an understanding of the principles of variousenvironmental issues without getting bogged down in engineeringspecifics

  • Is illustrated throughout with photographs and drawings

  • Includes a companion Web site with PowerPoint presentations

  • Enables designers to communicate and coordinate effectively withspecialists in HVAC, electrical systems, lighting, plumbing, andacoustics

Environmental Issues for Architecture provides architecture andinterior design students with the larger picture withoutoverwhelming them with details. Exploring subjects that are notemphasized in traditional classrooms, this timely book shows howarchitects and designers can successfully transform their ideas inways that allow them to expand their professional services and playa more important role in the building process.

Wiley; January 2011
608 pages; ISBN 9780470644355
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Title: Environmental Issues for Architecture
Author: David Lee Smith
 
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