Building the future: building technology and cultural history from the Industrial Revolution until today

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Prestel, Apr 30, 2008 - Architecture - 325 pages
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Spanning the last two centuries'and offering cogent analyses of how we will build in the future'this volume presents over one hundred case studies of built structures that illustrate the marriage of building technology and culture. Including color photographs, drawings, and architectural plans, this book profiles some of the world's most interesting public spaces, commercial buildings, stadiums, and transport stations to reveal how prevailing social mores helped determine these structures' materials, appearance, and function. The innovative concepts these buildings signify and the integration of these ideas into the common lexicon are presented in chapters on the evolution of the greenhouse, artistic buildings, pioneering techniques in materials' use, the development of the building fa'ade, and the future of sustainable building design. This book uniquely blends a societal perspective with the latest technology, and is an essential reference for anyone interested in the crucial roles structural engineering and culture play in architecture.

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Pfammatter (building technology, Swiss Federal Inst. of Technology, Zurich) follows up his insightful The Making of the Modern Architect and Engineer with a peerless historical survey of modern ... Read full review


From Greenhouse to Hightech Hothouse Virtual Experience Space
Case Studies 68 Horticultural Building and Crystal Dome
Case Studies 911 Glasshouses in Transition after 1973

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ULRICH PFAMMATTER is a professor of architecture and building technology in Berne and at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

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