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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 editi”

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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.


Chapter 1: Fundamentals

  • Sensory engagement
  • Building innovation
  • Building characteristics
  • Enclosure and functional requirements
  • Philosophies and approaches

Chapter 2: Physical design generators

  • The physical context: a sense of place
  • Micro climates and weathering
  • Structure and fabric
  • Materials
  • Services

Chapter 3: Social design generators

  • The social context
  • Communication and language
  • Design decisions
  • Risk
  • Quality
  • Added value

Chapter 4: Regulatory design generators

  • Town planning and development control
  • The building regulations
  • Standards and codes of practice
  • Trade associations
  • Testing and research reports

Chapter 5: Humane design generators

  • Perception of our buildings
  • Physiology and usability
  • Healthy environments
  • Safe environments
  • Secure environments
  • Fire safety

Chapter 6: Physical interfaces

  • Typologies
  • Transitions
  • Joints and connections
  • Tolerances

Chapter 7: The art of detailing

  • Detailing principles
  • Environmental issues
  • Performance of the joint
  • Detailing criteria
  • Designing the details

Chapter 8: The art of specifying

  • Specification methods
  • Selection criteria – fitness for purpose
  • Writing the specification
  • Contents of a written specification

Chapter 9: The art of informing

  • Media
  • Coordinated project information
  • Drawings
  • Physical models
  • Bills of quantities
  • Digital information and virtual details
  • Information flow and design changes

Chapter 10: Assembling the parts

  • The designer-contractor interface
  • Flows
  • Quality of work
  • Design changes
  • Practical completion and hand-over
  • Learning from building projects

Chapter 11: Living with buildings

  • Durability and decay
  • Preservation, restoration, and conservation
  • Principles of conservation, repair and maintenance
  • Upgrading existing buildings
  • Learning from buildings

Chapter 12: Disassembly and reuse

  • Reusing redundant buildings
  • Demolition and disassembly
  • Reclamation, reuse, and recycling
  • Stretching the tradition

262 pages, b&w ills / 17 x 24,5 cm / English

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