Originally devised as a guide for converting from imperial to metric measurements, 'The Metric Handbook' has since been totally transformed into a major international handbook of planning and design data. The second edition has been completely updated, with most chapters being totally rewritten, to meet the needs of the modern designer.
The book contains nearly 50 chapters dealing with all the principal building types from airports, factories and warehouses, offices shops and hospitals, to schools, religious buildings and libraries. For each building type 'The Metric Handbook' gives the basic design requirements and all the principal dimensional data.
Several chapters deal with general aspects of building such as materials, lighting, acoustics and tropical design. There are also sections on general design data, including details of human dimensions and space requirements.
It is a unique authoritative reference for solving everyday planning problems. In its various editions it has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide, and continues to be a reference work belonging on every design office desk or drawing board.
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2 Basic design data
3 Sanitary installations and cloakrooms
4 Design for the vehicle
5 Aids to pedestrian movement
6 Landscape design
7 Terminals and transport interchanges
9 Industrial storage buildings
27 Places of worship
29 Higher education
31 Museums art galleries and temporary exhibition spaces
32 Libraries and information centres
33 Houses and flats
34 Student housing and housing for young people
10 Farm buildings
12 Law courts
13 Retail trading
14 Payment and counselling offices
15 Public service buildings
16 Primary health care
18 Eating and drinking
19 Studios for sound and vision
21 Community centres
24 Outdoor sports and stadia
25 Indoor sports
26 Equestrian design
35 Homes for old people
37 Tropical design
38 Thermal environment
44 Access for maintenance
45 Service distribution
Appendix A The SI system
Appendix B Conversion factors and tables
Appendix C List of contributors
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