How Buildings Work

How Buildings Work : The Natural Order of Architecture

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Although we live and work in buildings every day, many of us never really understand the concepts behind building design. How Buildings Work presents a broad, balanced view of the physical functions that a building performs, the physical principles under which it performs these functions, and an introduction to the complex interrelationships among these functions. For the building professional, the student, or the amateur, its chapters give lucid, non-mathematical explanations of complex phenomena such as the role of the sun in heating buildings, the design of buildings for protection against fire, and the range of structural devices that are used to support more

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  • Hardback | 254 pages
  • 233.7 x 288.8 x 24.1mm | 1,170.28g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • numerous line drawings
  • 0195091000
  • 9780195091007

About Edward Allen

Edward Allen is an architect and teacher who enjoys explaining things through his words and drawings: What makes buildings work, what makes buildings habitable and lovable, how architects' design ideas become realities. He has published seven books on these subjects and teaches in the School of Architecture at Yale more

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"With each of his books Edward Allen demonstrates to his students and to teachers of architecture that the traditional marriage of design and building is not a marriage of convenience. It is based on legitimate family values."--Forrest Wilson, Emeritus Professor of Architecture, The Catholic University of Americashow more

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