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Designing Adaptive Virtual Worlds

by Ning Gu and Mary Lou Maher

Designing adaptive virtual worlds takes the design of virtual places for education, entertainment, online communities, business, and cultural activities to a new level. This book presents an agent model for a design grammar so that unique places can be created responding to the changing needs in the virtual world. Applying these techniques has immediate implications on the design of games....

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Computing, Microsoft, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: 144 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 27 July 2017 onward  

Spatial analysis and social spaces: Interdisciplinary approaches to the interpretation of prehistoric and historic built environments (Topoi – Berlin Studies ... – Berliner Studien der Alt

by Eleftheria Paliou and Undine Lieberwirth

In recent years a range of formal methods of spatial analysis have been developed for the study of human engagement, experience and socialisation within the built environment. This volume brings together contributions from a number of specialists in archaeology, social theory, architecture, and urban planning, who explore the theoretical and methodological frameworks associated with the application of established and novel spatial analysis methods in prehistoric and historic built environments. The authors discuss the relationship between space and social life from different perspectives and provide many illuminating examples of computer-based spatial analysis methods in archaeology....

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Art, History, Ancient, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering, Social Sciences
Size: 320 pages
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Exploring Cultural Identities in Jean Rhys’ Fiction

by Cristina-Georgiana Voicu

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Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Fiction, History, Ancient, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Law, Literary Criticism & Theory, Technology & Engineering, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences
Size: 140 pages
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Flowscapes: Designing infrastructure as landscape

by Van Der Hoeven Frank and Steffen Nijhuis

Flowscapes explores concepts, methods and techniques for design-related research on landscape infrastructures. Their main objective is to engage environmental and societal issues by means of integrative and design oriented approaches. Through focusing on interdisciplinary design-related research of landscape infrastructures they provide important clues for the development of spatial armatures that can guide urban and rural development and have cultural and civic significance. The geographical context of the papers covers Europe, Africa, Asia and Northern America....

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: 333 pages
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Heritage-based design

by Paul Meurs

Heritage-based design concerns the relationship between design approaches and the cultural heritage essence of a monument. How to approach a design? How to get a grip on a site? How can a designer incorporate existing qualities of the heritage in the design? Chapter 1 describes the trends in the Netherlands, a development which has led to heritage policy becoming increasingly linked to spatial planning and development issues, and resulting in the fast growing importance of design for heritage. Chapter 2 focuses on the cultural heritage value - and in particular on the question of how a designer can achieve a translation of the cultural heritage essence of a site into concrete design principles. Chapter 3 shows how a designer can take a position by relating to the cultural heritage value a...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: Unknown
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GRUHA VASTU: VASTU TIPS FOR HOUSE

by Srinivasa Murthy

Gruha Vastu is part of Vastu Shastra an ancient Indian occult science. It tells us to some rules and regulations write from land selection, construction of house and arranging household appliances and furniture which results in the development of self and entire family. This book gruha vastu(vastu tips for house) is about arranging household appliances and furniture to get maximum benefited....

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Home & Garden, How-to & Home Improvements, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: 20 pages
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Ennis Kaye and the Desert House

by Philip James Kirke

An illustrated childrens story for young boys: an architect father and his young son journey across the Western Australian desert to a remote Aboriginal community to help an old friend and his son build a house. But it is the two boys who design the house they eventually build. Young boys long to be significant in the world of their fathers... this book gently answers the call....

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Children's eBooks, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure
Size: 17 pages
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Wild City: an architect's word sketches of the new city (Architecture, Mind and Culture Book 2)

by Philip James Kirke

Historians have traditionally pointed to the advent of major fixed settlements, which appeared in the Indus Valley, Egypt and Mesopotamia all around 3000 BC, as indicative of the birth of civilisation. Reliability of crops, underwritten by the great rivers, the Indus, the Nile, the Tigris and Euphrates respectively, enabled the first great cities to flourish. The abandonment of a former nomadic existence gave new certainties that had previously not existed. Human civilisation, in becoming synonymous with human settlement, had became a discrete entity, no longer an integral interwoven thread of the warp and weft of a wilderness world. But our assumption that the human city equates to human civilisation might be ripe for challenge. The new city is not like its ancestors. The entire plane...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering, Poetry, Drama & Criticism
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Bridges Picture Book

by Jeffrey Jeschke

Photographs of bridges throughout the world....

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Children's eBooks, Nonfiction, Children's Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: 99 pages
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Duurzame Ontwikkeling door Collectief Bewonersinitiatief.: Leidraad voor professionals om bewonersgroepen aan de duurzaamheidsopgave te verbinden

by Fred Sanders

Collectief bewonersinitiatief gericht op duurzame energie-optimalisatie is in Nederland in opkomst. Ook de installatietechniek speelt daar met een nieuw type installaties voor meerdere huishoudens op in. De onderliggende redenen voor deze trendwijziging liggen in een terugtredende overheid en een toename van burgerinitiatief in de samenleving.Dit boek onderzoek de mogelijkheden van bewonersinitiatief bij de Nederlandse herstructureringsopgaven voor de transitie naar hernieuwbare energie in de woonomgeving: ‘Onder welke condities stimuleren sociale cohesie en duurzaam collectief bewonersinitiatief elkaar omwille van hernieuwbare energie voor wonen in de gebouwde omgeving succesvol?‘Het boek volgt twee lijnen: naast de condities voor sociale cohesie (sociaal collectief bewonersinitiatief...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
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Negotiation and Design for the Self-Organizing City: Gaming as a method for Urban Design

by Ekim Tan

This book is dedicated to building an open negotiation and design method for cities as self-organizing systems that bridges the gap between collaborative planning and collaborative design methods. Gaming as a tool for knowledge creation and negotiation serves as an interface between the more abstract decision-making and material city-making. Rarely involved in the creation of our environment, it has the unexplored potential of combining the socio-spatial dimensions of self-organizing urban processes. Diverse agents, the collaborations and conflicts within and between interest groups, and the parameters provided by topological data can all be combined in an operational form in gaming: potentially a great unifier of multiple stakeholder negotiations and individual design aspirations through ...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
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Understanding culture in territorial management and its implications for spatial planning.: The case of floodplain management in urbanised delta regions in the Netherlands and Thailand

by Suwanna Rongwiriyaphanich

This study presents and applies an integrative conceptual framework which is used to explain how culture, planning policy and territorial management outcomes are interrelated, and what the implications are for spatial planning.The study investigates territorial development processes in the context of floodplain management in urbanised delta regions. This specific context is selected because of its strong relations between physical attributes and spatial planning activities.The analysis is carried out based on a comparative approach at two levels. At the cross-national level, the Rhine-Meuse delta region in the Netherlands and the Chaophraya delta region in Thailand are used as case studies.The comparative approach is useful for this study because culture can be best understood in a relativ...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
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Spatial planning and urban resilience in the context of flood risk.: A comparative study of Kaohsiung, Tainan and Rotterdam

by Pei-Wen Lu

Spatial planning is increasingly being considered as an important mechanism in coping with flood risk due to climate change. One of the reasons for this is that engineering approaches are increasingly expensive and cannot provide complete certainty of protection against climate-related floods. The thesis examines whether and how spatial planning is used in urban areas to promote resilience to flood risk and climate change. In this study, planning is considered as the regulation of physical implementation as well as the process of policy-making that guides spatial development. This process mainly involves the interaction and collaboration between actors (both public and private)....

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
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Facade Refurbishment Toolbox.: Supporting the Design of Residential Energy Upgrades

by Thaleia Konstantinou

The starting point of the research is the need to refurbish existing residential building stock, in order to reduce its energy demand, which accounts for over one fourth of the energy consumption in the European Union. Refurbishment is a necessary step to reach the ambitious energy and decarbonisation targets for 2020 and 2050 that require an eventual reduction up to 90% in CO2 emissions. In this context, the rate and depth of refurbishment need to grow. The number of building to be renovated every year should increase, while the energy savings in renovated buildings should be over 60% reduction to current energy demand. To achieve that, not only is it necessary to find politics and incentives, but also to enable the building industry to design and construct effective refurbishment strateg...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
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AMONG MAYA RUINS

by Lonnie Pelletier

This is a "must read+ for those exploring the Maya Ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico! Twenty-two ruins are described by an adventurous couple sharing their hands-on experience - with just enough details to enable the enjoyment of these architectural wonders. Over five-thousand kilometres were covered in the process of viewing these ruined cities, from the north at Progreso, to the west at Campeche, east to Chetumal and Playa del Carmen, and south at the border of Guatemala and Belize. Anecdotes and history make a wonderful combination in this professionally written account of modern day risk taking. Architectural majesty accounts for the vitality and the focus in this guide to the beauty of Maya archaeology and ruined structures....

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, History, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: 127 pages
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Unrecognized Art Of Landscape Design

by Anna Rose

Probably, we will not make a mistake against the truth, if we say that landscape design in the very near future will be recognized as an art along with painting, architecture, music and sculpture. In fact, it already is now, which any of us can be convinced of when passing by those or other unusually decorated land areas.Recently, the landscape design of garden plots, which, incidentally, can be found in large numbers on various electronic resources, finds its practical application. It is most preferable, however, to carry out relevant searches on specific sites. Such, for example, as ours. There is even a different rubric here. We present it now.Do you want to learn from the experience of great masters or get acquainted with the latest technologies in this area? And perhaps, you have some...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: 15 pages
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INTERIOR DESIGN : The Beginner's guide, organise your home, techniques and principles on art of decoration: Customise your home with us (Home design, home construction, home arranging with style)

by Steve Kasowsky

Do you want to transform your dull and tired old home into something that is exciting and vibrant?Would you like a professional look, without spending big on an interior designer?For most people, hiring an expensive interior designer to give their home a makeover is out of the question. So, what do you do to get the look you’ve always wanted, without breaking the bank.Interior Design: Customize Your Home is the answer to your problems. Inside, you can learn many of the tricks and tips that professionals use to enhance any home, without spending beyond your budget and chapters include advice on:➢The secrets of professional interior design➢How to do it when your budget is minimal➢How to make the most of any space➢Making your home a visual paradise➢How to work with professionals w...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Home & Garden, Interior Design, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: 69 pages
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Drawn To You (#1 Conklin's Blueprints) (Conklin's Trilogy)

by Brooke Page and Sommer Stein

What do you do when your predictable life goes spiraling out of control? When your supposed childhood friend commits the most brutal betrayal, completely gutting you, destroying the life you thought you were meant to have? You make dangerous, careless decisions with your best friend, completely molding yourself into someone you’re not. I thought clubs, alcohol, and promiscuity would numb my pain, sculpt me into the person I should be; strong, confident, alive…
I was wrong.
So now I’m forced to go back home, where the only opportunity to throw my life back on track is located. I never wanted my parent’s wealth or notability, but I’m afraid if I don’t take the flight from Florida to Grand Rapids, I’m going to drown.
But instead of drowning in my own insec...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Fiction, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering, Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Size: 335 pages
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A Publishing Program 2017-2018

by Luca P. Marescotti

The publishing program brings together new manuscripts (Teaching Land Use Planning as a Science, Landscapes, The Planner and the Small Planet) with the revision of two books published in 2004, “Città Tecnologie Ambiente (Cities Technologies Environment)” and in 2008, “Urbanistica. Fondamenti e Teoria (Land Use Planning. Fundamentals and Theory)” in a new logical sequence, starting from setting out the issue to formulating a scientific theory for a new decisional support to land use.All the texts are in Italian at present.With the dissemination of this program, I wish to ascertain the reader’s interest in studying the topics under discussion and in contributing to future revisions and translations.luca.marescotti@polimi.it...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering, Politics & Social Sciences, Urban Planning & Development, Science & Maths, Biological Sciences
Size: 23 pages
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“Guests and Aliens”: Re-Configuring New Mobilities in the Eastern Mediterranean After 2011 - with a special focus on Syrian refugees (La Turquie aujourd’hui)

by Jean-François Pérouse and Elif Aksaz

This meeting sought to give an account of the issues raised in Social Sciences worldwide by the migrations and mobilities of populations, particularly Syrian, caused by the upheavals taking place in the South and East of the Mediterranean since 2011. Researchers coming from various disciplines of Social Sciences, who are working on migration issues in Europe, the USA, and the Middle-East, in a historical perspective and with an ethnographic approach, participated in the Conference. A roundtable with representatives from different associations and NGOs closed the conference. A selection of full communications of the conference will be published by Edward Elgar Publishing (Migration, Mobilities and the Arab Spring. Spaces of Refugee Flight in the Eastern Mediterranean). This volume presents ...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering, Politics & Social Sciences
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Kaleidoscope City: Reflections on Planning and London

by Jonathan Manns

Published after a century of professional planning in the United Kingdom, Kaleidoscope City brings together short, accessible and engaging opinions from leading practitioners and theorists in the built environment.

Looking to both the past and the future, it raises important and often emotive questions about the design and development of our cities with a particular focus on London. How should we balance economic growth with environmental protection? How big is too big? Edited by prominent urbanist, Jonathan Manns, the work opens and energises debates in urban planning and development in a manner that is locally focussed but globally relevant. Informing and inspiring, it voices the spectrum of opinion which exists at the start of the twenty-first century. This should therefore...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Business & Finance, Economics, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
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Integral Facade Construction: Towards a new product architecture for curtain walls

by Tillmann Klein

Integral Facade Construction focuses on the future development of the curtain wall. While the requirements on facades have slowly increased over the last decades, the curtain wall has evolved from craftsmanship oriented constructions to highly developed facade systems. But its constructional principle is still the same....

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: 296 pages
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Rating: 4.00 / 5
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Smart Energy Management for Households

by Sonja Van Dam

Smart Energy Management for Households infers design-related insights and guidelines to improve the use and effectiveness of home energy management systems (HEMS) through an empirical evaluation of the longitudinal effectiveness of these devices and an exploration of factors that influence their use and effectiveness.Three case studies executed with three different HEMS in households, a life cycle assessment (LCA) on those three HEMS, as well as a reflection on the challenges of both researching and implementing HEMS in existing housing gave a comprehensive picture of the opportunities and barriers for HEMS.The research revealed five typical use patterns that emerged amongst households. It also revealed average energy savings of 7.8%, which however decreased in the follow-up that was condu...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: 334 pages
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AM Envelope: The potential of Additive Manufacturing for facade constructions

by Holger Strauss

This book shows the potential of Additive Manufacturing (AM) for the development of building envelopes: AM will change the way of designing facades, how we engineer and produce them. To achieve todays demands from those future envelopes, we have to find new solutions.The term AM Envelope (Additive Manufacturing Envelope) describes the transfer of this technology to the building envelope. Additive Fabrication is a building block that aids in developing the building envelope from a mere space enclosure to a dynamic building envelope.AM offers the opportunity to manufacture facades just in time. It is no longer necessary to store or produce large numbers of parts in advance. Initial investment for tooling can be avoided, as design improvements can be realized within the dataset of the AM...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: 255 pages
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Housing, Urban Renewal and Socio-Spatial Integration: A Study on Rehabilitating the Former Socialistic Public Housing Areas in Beijing

by Xiaoxi Hui

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Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: 796 pages
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Knowledge Sharing Strategies for Large Complex Building Projects

by Esra Bektas

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Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: 301 pages
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Spatial Planning and High-tech Development: A comparative study of Eindhoven city-region, the Netherlands and Hsinchu City-region, Taiwan

by Wei-Ju Huang

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Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: 252 pages
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Woningcorporaties en Vastgoedontwikkeling: Fit for Use?

by Reinier Van Der Kuij

Woningcorporaties en vastgoedontwikkeling, dat is een logische combinatie. Tenminste, het lijkt een logische combinatie. Woningcorporaties worden niet voor niets nog steeds vaak woningbouwverenigingen genoemd. Vastgoedontwikkeling is altijd ...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: 282 pages
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Performance Assessment Strategies: A computational framework for conceptual design of large roofs

by Michela Turrin

Using engineering performance evaluations to explore design alternatives during the conceptual phase of architectural design helps to understand the relationships between form and performance; and is crucial for developing well-performing final designs. Computer aided conceptual design has the potential to aid the design team in discovering and highlighting these relationships; especially by means of procedural and parametric geometry to support the generation of geometric design, and building performance simulation tools to support performance assessments. However, current tools and methods for computer aided conceptual design in architecture do not explicitly reveal nor allow for backtracking the relationships between performance and geometry of the design. They currently support post-en...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: 400 pages
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Performance measurement of workplace change: in two different cultural contexts

by Chaiwat Riratanaphong

Nowadays, organisations must cope with the pressure of cost reduction and efficiency in order to succeed in a highly competitive business environment. However, drivers to improve social interaction and employees performance and as such to contribute to organisational goals and objectives make it necessary to be concerned with other performance criteria as well, such as effectiveness, flexibility, employee satisfaction, productivity and creativity. There is a growing need for performance management and performance measurement that not only covers all aspects of an organisation, but which can be applied to various situations in a changing internal and external environment. Performance measurement methods which include an integrated perspective of performance have become essential. In additi...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: 349 pages
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