The Architect's Studio Companion: Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Design

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 28, 2006 - Architecture - 480 pages
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The architect's favorite handbook-more informative and easier to use than ever!

The Architect's Studio Companion is the laborsaving design resource that architects and builders have relied on for years. Now in its fourth edition, this industry standard continues its reputation as a reliable tool for the preliminary selecting, configuring, and sizing of the structural, mechanical, and egress systems of a building. Bestselling authors Edward Allen and Joseph Iano reduce complex engineering and building code information to simple approximations that enable the designer to lay out the fundamental systems of a building in a matter of minutes and get on with the design.

Now in a flex binding that makes it even easier to use, The Architect's Studio Companion, Fourth Edition provides quick access to reliable rules of thumb that offer vital help for selecting, configuring, and sizing:
* Structural systems
* Heating, cooling, and electrical systems
* Egress provisions, including exit stairways, parking garages, and parking lots
* Daylight provisions

The book concludes with precalculated tables of building code height and area limitations.
 

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Contents

DESIGNING WITH BUILDING
1
DESIGNING THE STRUCTURE
17
DESIGNING WITH DAYLIGHT
143
CONFIGURING AND SIZING DAYLIGHTING
155
SECTION 4
163
CONFIGURING AND SIZING MECHANICAL
185
MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS
221
PROVIDING ACCESSIBLE ROUTES
251
SECTION 6
311
SECTION 7
347
APPENDIX
455
BIBLIOGRAPHY
461
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Edward Allen, FAIA, has been a faculty member at Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has frequently lectured and taught at other institutions across the United States over the past thirty years. He is the bestselling author of Fundamentals of Residential Construction, Architectural Detailing, Shaping Structures: Statics, and Fundamentals of Building Construction, all published by Wiley.

Joseph Iano has been Edward Allen's illustrator, collaborator, and coauthor for more than twenty-five years. He is a registered architect whose experience includes professional practice, teaching design and technology in numerous schools of architecture, and work in the construction trades. Currently, he heads a Seattle firm that provides technical consulting to architects and others in the design and construction industry.

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