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New Health Facilities: Architectural Design

Ebook Title: New Health Facilities: Architectural Design
Author: Arian Mostaedi
Publisher: Links (August 2003)
Hardcover: 240 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 8489861668
ISBN-13: 978-8489861664

Ebook Description
Hospitals and health centers are a unique category of architecture with clearly defined characteristics. Health architecture must offer imaginative, constructive responses and flexible solutions to the problem raised by this special type of facility: planning, budgets and space as well as the idiosyncrasies arising from each particular field of health. New Health Facilities presents the best examples of health architecture constructed in recent years and each of the architects demonstrates a solid understanding of the need to create new and better health facilities.

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New Houses in Old Buildings: Architectural Design

Ebook Title: New Houses in Old Buildings: Architectural Design
Author: Links Editorial
Publisher: Links (June 1998)
Hardcover: 238 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 848986103X
ISBN-13: 978-8489861039

Ebook Description
New Houses in Old Buildings: Architectural Design is the perfect example of the harmony that can stem from the combination of old architecture and new ideas. The pictures in this book are wonderfully informative and artfully done. Weather you're looking for new ideas in architecture or just out to see some cool pictures, you should at the very least just flip through this book.

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Cosmology And Architecture In Premodern Islam: An Architectural Reading Of Mystical Ideas

Ebook Title: Cosmology And Architecture In Premodern Islam: An Architectural Reading Of Mystical Ideas
Author: Samer Akkach
Publisher: State University of New York Press (June 30, 2005)
Hardcover: 262 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0791464113
ISBN-13: 978-0791464113

Ebook Description
A study of cosmology and architecture from a premodern Sufi perspective pre-supposes some knowledge of the trends in Islamic cosmological thinking, of the sense in which cosmology can be related to architecture and of the terrains of mystical thoughts in which the relationship is grounded. Cosmology And Architecture In Premodern Islam presents abrief overview of cosmology in premodern Islam, acritical review of symbolism, being the prevailing method of reading cosmological ideas into architectural forms, and reconstruction of a Sufi perspective on symbolism.

Ebook Review
"In the preface to this book, Samer Akkach describes his childhood experience of watching snowflakes from his window in Damascus. Looking at them, he had the feeling that the flakes were not falling, but that he was floating upward to higher realms. Reading his book has had a similar affect on me, giving the impression that I have been carried up into unutterably strange, but compellingly beautiful, realms of thought and imagination.

In the face of the worldwide homogenization of architectural education, it is salutary to be reminded that architecture wasn't always and everywhere designed solely to satisfy aesthetic, economic, functional and technological exigencies. In many times and places architecture expressed a human sense of the wonder and oneness of the world. Buildings fitted together with myths and cosmologies to convey that people and the cosmos belong together: humans belong in the world they inhabit; and the world belongs together with humans. In this context, buildings serve to mediate between the human as microcosm and the whole world as macrocosm, showing how they inter-reflect and harmonize...

Samer Akkach is one of a small band of architectural scholars who see it as their task to record and interpret these other architectures so that they do not sink into irrecoverable oblivion. He rescues Islamic architecture from amnesia. In his splendid book he applies his intimate knowledge of Arabic and the premodern Sufi texts to convey a lucid and richly detailed account of the manner in which Islamic architecture, in all its forms, from buildings to cities, gardens, landscapes and meta-landscapes, reflected the cosmos, and thus gave back praise. The book is masterful, and a major contribution to architectural scholarship. --by Professor Adrian Snodgrass published in Architectural Theory Review, vol. 11

Practical Straw Bale Building

Ebook Title: Practical Straw Bale Building
Author: Murray Hollis
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing (March 2005)
Paperback: 104 pages
ISBN-10: 0643069771
ISBN-13: 978-0643069770

Ebook Description
Building with straw bales is being embraced by amateurs and professionals for its versatility, comfort, environmental friendliness and high insulation. New methods should expand its growing worldwide popularity.

Ebook Review
Practical Straw Bale Building describes the best of current practices and introduces new ideas in a practical step-by-step approach, supported by technical data and analysis. Starting from how straw bales are made, it describes the building of both in-fill and load-bearing walls, discusses the properties of materials used to plaster the walls, and details how particular features are incorporated, such as windows, doors, arches, plumbing and electrical. It especially describes new methods that enable the construction of straighter, thinner and easier-to-plaster walls. The book provides a wealth of information and ideas for immediate practical application and as a basis for further development of straw bale building methods. --from the publisher