As architecture programs throughout the country break out of the classroom and adopt the holistic methods of design/build programs, the need for a textbook that bridges the gap between construction materials and design sensibility is sorely needed. Materials for Design is that book.
Students must be taught how a choice of material affects the form and look of a structure; they must also learn how inspired design can inject any material with true personality and zeal. Broken into five sections–glass, wood, metals, plastics, and concrete–Materials for Design makes a thorough study of each material’s properties, followed by a series of 10-12 case studies of that material put to imaginative use by today’s brightest architects from around the world.
There is no other textbook on the market that tackles material details so thoroughly while presenting lush, inspired color photographs, plan drawings, and detailed architectural diagrams.
Victoria Ballard Bell is a licensed architect with Master’s degree in urban planning and architecture from the University of Virginia. She is a Frederick P. Rose Architectural Fellow and lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband and daughter.
Patrick Rand is a distinguished professor in the School of Architecture at North Carolina State University’s College of Design.
272 pages, 275 color illustrations, 250 b/w illustrations / 21.6 x 27.9 cm