Expressive Details: Materials, Selection, Use

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McGraw-Hill, 1997 - Architecture - 259 pages
"Detailing has traditionally been relegated to the lowest tier in an architectural office - the apprentices, interns, and newly licensed. And yet architectural detailing has the ability to elevate projects to the highest level of aesthetic expression. Now, for the first time in book form, there's a collection of projects displaying the "nuts and bolts" of creative architectural detailing in building design - one that offers a treasure of examples for creating richer detailing using state-of-the-art techniques." "Putting the lie to the common assumption that quality detailing is either prohibitively expensive or that it requires an obsession with technology, the book shows how architects address practical architectural needs with aggressively innovative and aesthetically expressive solutions. Among its special features schematics, working drawings, and photographs of actual built details - all in one place; depictions of details that can be created with readily available materials; easy-to-follow classification of details by function and use; and examples of state-of-the-art technology and materials for a wide variety of situations." "On display are details that add touches to buildings that go far beyond the commonplace moldings, trim, eaves, and flashing of typical construction. Projects represent a wide range of budgets. The detailing of walls, ceilings, roofs, doors, windows, kitchens, bathrooms, siding and exterior trim, millwork, mantelpieces, and light fixtures are all examined in a wide variety of approaches by some of America's leading architects." "Lavishly illustrated with 350 line drawings and photographs, this book shows the architectural detailing work of some of our country's most gifted architects at the peak of their abilities. The art of creating details that are expressive as well as technologically sound is featured from such masters as Stanley Tigerman, Peter Bohlin, James Cutler, George Ranalli, Alfredo De Vido, and many more of today's most exciting and innovative designers."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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A self-styled maverick within the profession, Duo Dickinson, AIA, is an architect in Madison, Connecticut. He is the author of five books on residential design, including The Small House (McGraw-Hill, 1986) and Small Houses for the Next Century (McGraw-Hill, 1995). His design philosophy has been summarized in The New York Times as: "Design it small, make it as beautiful as possible, and practice every trick in the book to keep it as cheap as possible.

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