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Drawn To You (#1 Conklin's Blueprints) (Conklin's Trilogy)

by Brooke Page and Samantha Hondorp

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
Free eBook download for Kindle from 22 April 2018 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
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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
Free eBook download for Kindle from 22 April 2018 onward  

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
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 21 April 2018 onward  

Building for a better hospital: Value-adding management & design of healthcare real estate

by Johan Van Der Zwart

In this thesis, the ideas and concepts of Corporate Real Estate Management (CREM) are examined in terms of the contribution they could make to the process of accommodation decision by using recent cases in Dutch hospitals. CREM can be defined as the management of the real estate portfolio of a corporation by aligning the portfolio and services with the needs of the core business in order to obtain maximum added value for the business and an optimal contribution to the overall performance of the organisation. This definition assumes that accommodation can add value to the organisation and contribute to its overall achievement. Elaborating on the added value of real estate in addition to quantifying these added values and making them applicable to hospital real estate management is therefore...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
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Free eBook download for Kindle from 21 April 2018 onward  

Social Housing Organisations in England and The Netherlands: Between the State, Market and Community

by Darinka Czischke

Rapid and deep changes in society, the economy and policy over the last decades
are having an increasing impact on the delivery of social housing in North Western Europe. These changes are transforming the way in which social housing providers perform their task and are reshaping their relationships with the State, communities and with other market actors. The combination of continued State withdrawal from service provision, the deep and persistent effects of the global financial crisis that begun in 2008 and profound changes in the type of demand for social housing across North Western Europe call for a reflection on the implications of these phenomena
for social housing providers. Several studies indicate that social housing providers in Europe have begun to adopt new (social) entrep...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 21 April 2018 onward  

Transformations of Urbanising Delta Landscape: An Historic Examination of Dealing with the Impacts of Climate Change for the Kaoping River Delta in Taiwan

by Chen Kun Chung

This book argues that the floods following extreme precipitation result not only from very heavy rainfall but also from the significant impact of human activities on natural water systems. While most literature emphasises that the increasing magnitude of storm rainfall extends beyond the original protection standards of hydrologic facilities in highly populated delta cities. Based on the knowledge of urban morphology, this study analyses how human systems have affected the transformation of natural water processes in the Kaoping River Delta. The relationship between human environments and natural landscape is illustrated via a 3-layer analytical framework which consists of a natural landscape layer, an infrastructure layer and an occupation layer. This layer-based approach views landscapes...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: 187 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 21 April 2018 onward  

Building Green: Environmental Architects and the Struggle for Sustainability in Mumbai

by Anne Rademacher

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.Building Green explores the experience of environmental architects in Mumbai, one of the world’s most populous and population-dense urban areas and a city iconic for its massive informal settlements, extreme wealth asymmetries, and ecological stresses. Under these conditions, what does it mean to learn, and try to practice, so-called green design? By tracing the training and professional experiences of environmental architects in India’s first graduate degree program in Environmental Architecture, Rademacher shows how environmental architects forged sustainability concepts and practices and sought to make them meani...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy
Size: 224 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 21 April 2018 onward  

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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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
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 21 April 2018 onward  

Sun Temple of Konark: Discover India | Photojournals (UNESCO World Heritage Site Book 3)

by David Riley and Discover India

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Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering, Travel, Asia
Size: 92 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 21 April 2018 onward  

The Great Pyramid and the Earth: (Distance, Speed, Time)

by Petko Nikolic Vidusa

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Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical
Size: 5.35 mb
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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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Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 April 2018 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
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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
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 April 2018 onward  

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
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 April 2018 onward  

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
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 April 2018 onward  

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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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
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 April 2018 onward  

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
Free eBook download for Kindle from 20 April 2018 onward  

Dwelling on Courtyards

by Mohammad Taleghani

Courtyards have been used for thousands of years in different climates in the world. In hot climates they provide shading, in humid climates they cause a stack effect helping ventilation, in cold climates they break cold winds and protect their microclimate. In temperate climates (such as of the Netherlands), the thermal behaviour of courtyards has been studied less. In this dissertation, low-rise residential courtyard buildings were therefore studied among (and along) different urban block types in the Netherlands....

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: 267 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 April 2018 onward  

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Shipping Container Homes: Great Shipping Container House Ideas

by Debra Morrison

Shipping Container Homes - The newest trend in housing designAre you planning to build a house now or sometime in the future, but lack the funds? Or do you simply want a house that is unique, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective to build?If so, then a shipping container home might be for you.Shipping container homes are the newest trend in housing design. Converting new or used shipping containers into houses is eco-friendly and much less expensive than conventional construction projects. The design possibilities are endless and for adventurous future homeowners, it is the best option for creative and innovative homes that will be the talk of all your family and friends.By deciding on a shipping container home you are helping the environment, saving money, and exploring architectur...

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Home & Garden, Home Design, Interior Design, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: 30 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 April 2018 onward  

The Green Home Difference

by Vince Ace

The Green Home Difference is here to help homeowners, and future homeowners, learn about the available options of green energy so you can decide that green energy is a great option. We hope that by the end of the book you will be familiar enough with green energy so you can get started in your green home conversion....

Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture, Home & Garden, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering
Size: 19 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 April 2018 onward  

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
Free eBook download for Kindle from 18 April 2018 onward  

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
Free eBook download for Kindle from 18 April 2018 onward  

“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
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 18 April 2018 onward  

Rating: 4.40 / 5
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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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Free eBook download for Kindle from 17 April 2018 onward  

Between Flexibility and Reliability: Changing Planning Culture in China

by Chiu-Yuan Wang

The aim of this thesis is to provide an outline to address questions with regard to the transformation of planning in China that has occurred after the 1980s. The research is using “planning evolution” as the main research skeleton. The starting point is to investigate to what extent Chinese urban planning has developed after the opening up and other reforms under the state-led and market-driven modes of Chinese reformation, and to investigate how the different modes and various actors have influenced urban planning, based on the investigation of the respective political and economic changes within the initial reformation in general, and planning in particular....

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