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Paperback | $32.00 Short | ISBN: 9780262680547 | 230 pp. | 7.4 x 9.7 in | April 1988
For sale only in the US and Canada.

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Understanding Buildings

A Multidisciplinary Approach


Understanding Buildings provides students in architecture and other allied disciplines with a basic introduction to building technology in all its aspects. This general, multidisciplinary text provides an overall explanation of the building process through an examination of underlying principles as well as design examples.

In seven chapters, each with a short introduction, the book discusses structure, enclosure, climate services, utility services, lighting, acoustics, fire safety, and future needs. It is generously illustrated with 400 diagrams, tables, charts, and construction details.

About the Author

Esmond Reid is an architectural writer and consultant.


"A most useful tool for developing intuition in architectural engineering for architects, engineers, and builders alike."
Omer Akin, Carnegie Mellon University
"[Understanding Buildings] should be required reading in the first years of all schools of architecture."
Canadian Architect
"Understanding Buildings fills the gap between the overly simple and the overly specialized in an admirable way, without oversimplification, unnecessary jargon, or pedantry .... Technical information is introduced in a straightforward, logical manner."
Eric Dluhosch, MIT