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  • The Toaster Project: Or a Heroic Attempt to Build a Simple Electric Appliance from Scratch

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    Where do our things really come from? China is the most common answer, but Thomas Thwaites decided he wanted to know more. In The Toaster Project, Thwaites asks what lies behind the smooth buttons on a mobile phone or the cushioned soles of running sneakers. What is involved in extracting and processing materials? To answer these questions, Thwaites set out to construct, from scratch, one of the most commonplace appliances in our kitchens today: a toaster. The Toaster Project takes the reader on Thwaites's journey from dismantling the cheapest toaster he can find in London to researching how to smelt metal in a fifteenth-century treatise. His incisive restrictions all parts of the toaster must be made from scratch and Thwaites had to make the toaster himself made his task difficult, but not impossible. It took nine months and cost 250 times more than the toaster he bought at the store. In the end, Thwaites reveals the true ingredients in the products we use every day. Most interesting is not the final creation but the lesson learned. The Toaster Project helps us reflect on the costs and perils of our cheap consumer culture and the ridiculousness of churning out millions of toasters and other products at the expense of the environment. If products were designed more efficiently, with fewer parts that are easier to recycle, we would end up with objects that last longer and we would generate less waste altogether. Foreword by David Crowley, head of critical writing at the Royal College of Art and curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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  • Egyptian Temples

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    Survey of the architectural styles and histories of Egyptian temples built thousands of years ago. Over 120 photographs and diagrams depict exteriors, interiors of many sacred structures, including the ruins of the Temple of the Sphinx, and the remarkable structures at Karnak; the Temple of Luxor; the great temples at Abu Simbel; more.
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  • From the Ground Up: Innovative Green Homes (New City Books)

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    It is said that the history of modern architecture can be observed through the evolution of the single-family home. Over generations, each has hoped to improve on the last, rethinking and reinventing this seemingly simple building type. At certain historic moments in the discourse, new ideas about domesticity have given form to radically different configurations of home and community. Current emphasis on sustainability presents a unique opportunity to design affordable houses that respond to specific economic, social, and environmental challenges. In From the Ground Up editor Peggy Tully presents the results of an international competition to create new models for affordable high-performance green homes in urban residential neighborhoods. Developed for a vacant infill site in Syracuse's Near Westside, these ambitious projects offer an array of innovative designs that provide a new vision for once-vital urban residential neighborhoods and well-designed energy-efficient homes throughout the United States.
    26,49  TL67,92  TL
  • Italy Now?: Country Positions in Architecture (English and Italian Edition)

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    Does Italian architecture exist? What characterizes it? What values and objectives do you refer to when designing your architecture and why? These are the questions recently put to twenty cutting-edge architectural firms working in Italy today. The answers come together in Italy Now? Country Positions in Architecture, which presents the architects’ written responses in parallel with their design work. Edited by Alberto Alessi, the book also contains critical essays by Pier Vittorio Aureli and Gabriele Mastrigli. Noted Italian photographers Gabriele Basilico, Francesco Jodice, Armin Linke, and Alberto Muciaccia have contributed their visions of Italy—the land and people as well as the architecture—to deepen the context of this book. Based on an exhibit held at Cornell University as well as on two related conferences, one in Ithaca and the other in New York City, Italy Now? offers an intriguing look at contemporary Italian architecture—its physical expression and the thinking behind it.
    26,49  TL67,93  TL
  • Electrical Systems: Diagnosis and Repair

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    Electrical Systems: Diagnosis and Repair Publisher: National Street Machine Club (2007) Hardcover: 160 pages Full Color Illustrations Understand automotive electrical systems, diagnose problems, then make repairs quickly and easily. This illustrated guide shows you how. Don't fear the mass of wires under your dash and beneath the hood of your vehicle. Electrical Systems removes the mystery and shows you how to save money and time by doing your own electrical repairs. Our simple step-by-step approach makes it easy. First, go on a guided tour of your car's electrical system. Armed with this knowledge, understanding and diagnosing problems become simple. Knowing what tools and techniques you need to perform the repairs gets you the rest of the way to electrical system success! Chapters: 1. Theory and Tools - Understand auto electrical systems and how they work. Then see how to use testing tools to diagnose problems sooner. 2. Battery Systems - Everything begins with the battery, so start your search for answers here. 3. Charging and Starting Systems - Make generators and alternators work right. 4. Ignition Systems - What you really need to know about ignition modules and distributors, 5. Fuel Injection Systems - working on these modern systems is not complex when you understand the basics. 6. Troubleshooting Techniques - Real life examples help you master your car's electrical system.
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  • Richard Henriquez: Memory Theatre

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    Throughout a twenty five year career marked by numerous awards and successful competition entries, the Canadian architect Richard Henriquez has brought a poetic sensibility to the creation of architecture. This book offers a wide- ranging view of his architecture, drawings, sculpture, and construction. Included are essays by Alberto Pérez-Gómez and by Howard Shubert, texts by Henriquez, and a portfolio of photographs by Geoffrey James.Although Henriquez has worked primarily in Vancouver, the Environmental Sciences building completed in 1991 at Trent University, Peterborough, and current projects in Taiwan are evidence of the increasing international scope of his practice.Distributed for the Canadian Centre for Architecture / Centre Canadien d'Architecture
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  • Town House Architecture: 1640-1980 (Shire Library)

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    The architectural history of Britain's towns is a rich tapestry of changing styles and materials that gives each place a unique character. From the classically inspired architecture of the Georgians, through the Victorian gothic revival, to the stark lines of the 1960s, British buildings have undergone many changes of style, and each of these is expertly introduced and explained in this highly illustrated account
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  • Matthew Ritchie: More Than the Eye

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    Acclaimed in the art world for his room-size installations of paintings, sculpture, and digital projections, Matthew Ritchie’s work investigates architecture and the dynamics of culture. Named by Time magazine in 2001 as one of 100 innovators for the new millennium, his rich work draws from subjects as diverse as ancient myth and medieval alchemy to cutting-edge physics and contemporary politics. This artist-designed book will explore Ritchie’s large-scale artistic "interventions" in buildings designed by Morphosis among others, including the Guggenheim Museum and MIT
    83,35  TL170,10  TL
  • Tomorrow's Houses: New England Modernism

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    A dazzling showcase of hidden jewels by the masters of twentieth-century modernist architecture in New England. Tomorrow’s Houses is a richly photographed presentation of the best modernist houses in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, built during the early twentieth century through the 1960s. From the suburbs of Connecticut to the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont, modernism in America found some of its earliest, most idealistic, and, later, most refined realizations in houses designed by such masters as Frank Lloyd Wright, Philip Johnson, Mies van der Rohe, Richard Meier, Paul Rudolph, Marcel Breuer, and Walter Gropius, all of whose work is featured in these pages. Photographer Geoffrey Gross has captured in stunning full-color images these precisely composed structures and their exquisitely appointed interiors, all against the breathtaking variety of the landscapes of New England. Lauded architect and critic Alexander Gorlin places these beautiful houses in their proper historical context as examples of the best of early- and mid-twentieth-century American modernist architecture
    104,67  TL147,42  TL
  • Talking Architecture: Raj Rewal in Conversation with Ramin Jahanbegloo

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    In this book, Ramin Jahanbegloo interviews Raj Rewal, one of India s leading contemporary architects, and engages him in an intellectually stimulating dialogue that ranges from the personal to the profound from Rewal s life and work to the role of architecture in the twenty-first century to the aesthetic foundations of Indian architecture. Readership: General readers as well as practising architects and students, teachers, and researchers of art and architecture, development studies, urban planning, sociology, and cultural studies
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  • CHRISTCHURCH FUSEE CHAIN GANG, THE

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    The Christchurch Fusee Chain Gang is a detailed study of poverty, survival and bygone trades. With major new discoveries about the watch industry, and the characters that inhabited the small town of Christchurch in Dorset, Sue Newman explores the significance of watch making and other cottage industries that helped to keep the people of Christchurch out of the clutches of poverty. Have you ever wondered who invented the first clock or where the idea for watches came from? If so, this is the book for you. Sue Newman explores various explanations for the origin of the invention of the first clock, an accolade that is often attributed to a Pope named Gerbert in 920AD. The Christchurch Fusee Chain Gang charts the story of the increasing miniaturization of clocks which eventually transformed into watches and explores the significance of the fuse chain and what this industry meant to the inhabitants of Christchurch.
    36,68  TL67,93  TL
  • The Springboard in the Pond: An Intimate History of the Swimming Pool (Graham Foundation / MIT Press Series in Contemporary Architectural Discourse)

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    Although others have written eloquently on the relationship of water to built form, until now no one has investigated the swimming pool as a quintessentially modern and American space, reflecting America's infatuation with hygiene, skin, and recreation. In The Springboard in the Pond, Thomas van Leeuwen looks at a familiar hole--the domestic swimming pool--and discovers an icon indispensable to the reading of twentieth-century modernism.At one level, the book is a rereading of modern architecture that will leave that story permanently altered. At another level, it is the story of the origin and evolution of the private swimming pool as a building type and cultural artifact. And at still another level, it is a material philosophy of water. Van Leeuwen explores the human relationship to water from a variety of viewpoints: social, religious, artistic, sexual, psychological, technical, and above all architectural. Throughout the book, he weaves a series of analogies to three emblematic animals--frog, swan, and penguin--that represent the three prevailing human attitudes toward water: hydrophilia, hydrophobia, and ambivalence. The books many illustrations--drawings, plans, and photographs--come from an unusual variety of sources, creating what is surely the most provocative visual archive of the swimming pool ever assembled.This book is the second in a planned tetralogy by the author, with each volume centered on the relationship of architecture to one of the four classical elements: sky, water, fire, and earth. The first volume was The Skyward Trend of Thought: The Metaphysics of the American Skyscraper (MIT Press, 1988). The third volume, Columns of Fire: Architecture and Destruction, is currently in preparation.
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  • Terry Farrell Interiors and the Legacy of Postmodernism

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    Sir Terry Farrell was one of the pioneers of the Postmodern style, as seen in his early TV-am building. This is the first book to focus on his interiors, which helped developed that style in its heyday and beyond. As well as the original design for TV-am, it includes a dozen of his most striking interiors, such as the Charles Jencks House, Upwood House, Charing Cross, his own studio and several others. The book serves as an invaluable document of these projects and will appeal to all those interested in contemporary architecture and interior design.
    52,16  TL113,40  TL
  • The Campus Guide: Rice University

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    The newest titles in the Princeton Architectural Press Campus Guide series take readers on an insider's tour of the University of Washington in Seattle, Rice University in Houston, and Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Beautifully photographed in full color, the guides present architectural walks at three of America's finest campuses, revealing the stories behind the historic and contemporary buildings, gardens, and works of public art. Rice University's neo-Byzantine-style campus, created by Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson, also includes modern buildings by James Stirling and Michael Wilford, Ricardo Bofill, Cambridge Seven Associates, John Outram, and Antoine Predock.
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  • What Americans Build and Why: Psychological Perspectives

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    What Americans Build and Why examines five areas of Americans' built environment: houses, healthcare facilities, schools, workplaces, and shopping environments. Synthesizing information from both academic journals and the popular press, the book looks at the relationships of size and scale to the way Americans live their lives and how their way of life is fundamentally shaped by the highway system, cheap land, and incentives. This book is timely because although Americans say they crave community, they continue to construct buildings, such as McMansions and big box stores, that make creating community a challenge. Furthermore, in many ways the movement toward teleworking, discussed in the chapter on office environments, also challenges the traditional place-based formation of community. Although focused on the United States, the book also includes reference to other parts of the world, especially regarding the retail environment.
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  • War and the Engineers: The Primacy of Politics Over Technology

    War and the Engineers: The Primacy of Politics Over Technology

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    Do some technologies provoke war? Do others promote peace? Offense-defense theory contends that technological change is an important cause of conflict: leaders will be tempted to launch wars when they believe innovation favors attackers over defenders. Offense-defense theory is perhaps best known from the passionate and intricate debates about first-strike capability and deterrence stability during the cold war, but it has deeper historical roots, remains a staple in international relations theorizing, and drives modern arms control policymaking.In War and the Engineers, the first book systematically to test the logical and empirical validity of offense-defense theory, Keir A. Lieber examines the relationships among politics, technology, and the causes of war. Lieber's cases explore the military and political implications of the spread of railroads, the emergence of rifled small arms and artillery, the introduction of battle tanks, and the nuclear revolution. Lieber incorporates the new historiography of World War I, which draws on archival materials that only recently became available, to challenge many common beliefs about the conflict. The author's central conclusion is that technology is neither a cause of international conflict nor a panacea; instead, power politics remains paramount.
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