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Architectural Technology, 2nd Edition



Architectural Technology, 2nd Edition

Stephen Emmitt

ISBN: 978-1-405-19479-2 May 2012 Wiley-Blackwell 264 Pages


Since the publication of the first edition of Architectural Technology, in 2002, there have been significant developments in the number of courses, the profile of the discipline as well as significant changes in the Construction sector.

The Second edition of Architectural Technology addresses these challenges directly. Much greater emphasis is given to the three core themes of the book - Environmental Sustainability; Innovation; and Design. An increase in the visual material included reinforces the critical role of Design, aiding students to better translate conceptual designs into built artefacts.

Building upon solid teaching practice from the previous edition, Architectural Technology is now more concisely structured to take the reader through the whole life cycle of a building, emphasising sustainability and building performance. Material on digital information, building information modelling (BIM) and information communication technologies has been updated. Most chapters have been re-titled to emphasise the importance of design and make the book more accessible to a wider range of students. Chapters conclude with updated/more extensive links to further reading.

Architectural Technology, 2nd Edition:

  • Bridges the knowledge gap between design and construction
  • Tackles the core subjects of management, technologies and design from a sustainable building angle
  • Addresses the buildability and performance of a design from a whole life perspective

Thoroughly revised and updated this undergraduate level textbook is essential for Architectural Technology courses. Students studying Architectural Engineering, Architecture, Building Surveying;   and more general Construction courses, will find the material invaluable.

Foreword – Colin Orr, President of CIAT ix

Introduction xi

1 Fundamentals 1

Sensory engagement 3

Building innovation 6

Building characteristics 10

Enclosure and functional requirements 14

Philosophies and approaches 19

Further reading 23

2 Physical Design Generators 25

The physical context: a sense of place 26

Micro climates and weathering 32

Structure and fabric 35

Materials 39

Services 43

Further reading 45

3 Social Design Generators 47

The social context 48

Communication and language 49

Design decisions 53

Risk 57

Quality 58

Added value 61

Further reading 63

4 Regulatory Design Generators 65

Town planning and development control 67

The building regulations 72

Standards and codes of practice 75

Trade associations 76

Testing and research reports 77

Further reading 79

5 Humane Design Generators 81

Perception of our buildings 82

Physiology and usability 85

Healthy environments 87

Safe environments 89

Secure environments 91

Fire safety 95

Further reading 98

6 Physical Interfaces 99

Typologies 101

Transitions 105

Joints and connections 111

Tolerances 114

Further reading 117

7 The Art of Detailing 119

Detailing principles 121

Environmental issues 127

Performance of the joint 131

Designing the details 134

Further reading 136

8 The Art of Specifying 137

Specification methods 138

Selection criteria – fitness for purpose 139

Writing the specification 146

Contents of a written specification 150

Further reading 152

9 The Art of Informing 153

Media 154

Coordinated project information 159

Drawings 162

Physical models 166

Bills of quantities 168

Digital information and virtual details 168

Information flow and design changes 170

Further reading 171

10 Assembling the Parts 173

The designer-contractor interface 174

Flows 176

Quality of work 180

Design changes 183

Practical completion and hand-over 186

Learning from building projects 187

Further reading 191

11 Living with Buildings 193

Durability and decay 194

Preservation, restoration, and conservation 200

Principles of conservation, repair and maintenance 204

Upgrading existing buildings 208

Learning from buildings 211

Further reading 212

12 Disassembly and Reuse 213

Reusing redundant buildings 214

Demolition and disassembly 218

Reclamation, reuse, and recycling 220

Stretching the tradition 222

Further reading 227

References 229

Index 235