Integrated Buildings: The Systems Basis of Architecture

Front Cover
John Wiley & Sons, Jan 27, 2004 - Architecture - 496 pages
2 Reviews
An "anatomical" study of building systems integration with guidelines for practical applications

Through a systems approach to buildings, Integrated Buildings: The Systems Basis of Architecture details the practice of integration to bridge the gap between the design intentions and technical demands of building projects. Analytic methods are introduced that illustrate the value, benefit, and application of systems integration, as well as guidelines for selecting technical systems in the conceptual, schematic, and design development stages of projects.

Landmark structures such as Eero Saarinen's John Deere Headquarters, Renzo Piano's Kansai International Airport, Glenn Murcutt's Magney House, and Richard Rogers's Lloyd's of London headquarters are presented as part of an extensive collection of case studies organized into seven categories:

  • Laboratories
  • Offices
  • Pavilions
  • Green Architecture
  • High Tech Architecture
  • Airport Terminals
  • Residential Architecture

Advanced material is provided on methods of integration, including an overview of integration topics, the systems basis of architecture, and the integration potential of various building systems. An expanded case study of Ibsen Nelsen's design for the Pacific Museum of Flight is used to demonstrate case study methods for tracing integration through any work of architecture.

Visually enhanced with more than 300 illustrations, diagrams, and photographs, Integrated Buildings: The Systems Basis of Architecture is a valuable reference guide for architecture and civil engineering students, as well as architects, engineers, and other professionals in the construction industry.


What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

This is a great book that fills a need in the field. What is refreshing about the book is that it addresses integration through performative characteristics instead of following a traditional systems approach. A valuable reference to students and faculty.

User Review - Flag as inappropriate




Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 16 - Rather, it lies in a concern to connect and integrate useful knowledge from the arts and sciences alike, but in ways that are suited to the problems and purposes of the present.
Page 22 - Geddes' most important work in cities was done. He distrusted sweeping innovations and clean slates; as a biologist he knew that small quantities, as in traces of minerals in the diet, might be as important for urban life as large ones, and could be far more easily overlooked...
Page 469 - Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia.

References to this book

About the author (2004)

LEONARD R. BACHMAN is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Houston's Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Director of the college's simulation and modeling lab. He is also a registered architect and technical consultant to a variety of architectural firms in Texas.

Bibliographic information