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Recommended Reading - Architectural Theory

A Gendered Profession

A Gendered Profession by Ruth Morrow, Harriet Harriss, James Benedict Brown and James Soane

RIBA Publishing Jan 2017

The issue of gender inequality in architecture has been part of the profession’s discourse for many years, yet the continuing gender imbalance in architectural education and practice remains a difficult subject. This book seeks to change that. It provides the first ever attempt to move the debate about gender in architecture beyond the tradition of gender-segregated diagnostic or critical discourse on the debate towards something more propositional, actionable and transformative.

Biomimicry in Architecture: 2nd edition

Biomimicry in Architecture: 2nd edition by Michael Pawlyn

RIBA Publishing Sept 2016

When searching for genuinely sustainable building design and technology - designs that go beyond conventional sustainability to be truly restorative - we often find that nature got there first. Over 3.5 billion years of natural history have evolved innumerable examples of forms, systems, and processes that can be applied to modern green design.

PHPP Illustrated: A Designer's Companion to the Passive House Planning Package

PHPP Illustrated: A Designer's Companion to the Passive House Planning Package by Sarah Lewis

RIBA Publishing Oct 2014

All architects hoping to design to the Passive House standard need to know how to use The Passive House Planning Package (PHPP). This book provides much needed supplementary guidance for purchasers of the PHPP establishing the standard within the UK context and is a concise, user-friendly, highly illustrated step by step companion for practitioners and students who want to use the PHPP as a design tool.

Residential Retrofit: 20 Case Studies

Residential Retrofit: 20 Case Studies by Marion Baeli

RIBA Publishing Nov 2013

The essence of sustainability in buildings is their capability to adapt to change over time. The UK has a large housing stock that has been developed and evolved over generations, and become the fabric and character of our cities, towns and neighbourhoods. The capability of buildings to adapt to changing lifestyles is the root of their sustainability. When buildings do not adapt they are disposed of, since it is only active use that confers value. It is only value that provides necessary investment for renewal. This book presents a series of innovative and best practice case studies of residential low energy retrofit projects, and illustrates what has been achieved in practice in the UK.

An Introduction to Passive House

An Introduction to Passive House by Justin Bere

RIBA Publishing Dec 2013

Throughout the world, Passive House is now recognised as the best method to create comfortable, healthy, low energy buildings and it is a key component of the 21st century's green economic revolution. Written by one of the UK's leading passive house architects, this book contains essays that reveal the technical and creative secrets of Passive House design, as well as containing case studies of some of the world's best examples of beautiful, technically excellent buildings that still feel great even when the power supply is turned down to almost nothing. Whether you are an architect, client, student or construction professional, this book is an enlightening introduction to Passive House and a valuable source of inspiration.

Designing for Biodiversity: A Technical Guide for New and Existing Buildings (2nd edition)

Designing for Biodiversity: A Technical Guide for New and Existing Buildings (2nd edition) by Brian Murphy, Kelly Gunnell and Carol Williams

RIBA Publishing Aug 2013

The built environment has the potential to have a major impact on biodiversity, not least with the increasingly demanding requirements to design more energy efficient and airtight buildings, leaving less space for species to inhabit. The construction industry has an important role to play in ensuring that buildings are designed and refurbished in a way in which biodiversity can be enhanced.

Access Audit Handbook: 2013 edition

Access Audit Handbook: 2013 edition by Centre for Accessible Environments

RIBA Publishing Jun 2013

'Access Audit Handbook (2013 edition)' is an invaluable tool for auditing the accessibility of buildings and services, and for writing reports in appropriate formats in the content of current legislation, funding requirements and best practice in building management. It offers straightforward advice about undertaking access audits and the various report formats to best communicate recommendations.

What Colour is your Building?: Measuring and reducing the energy and carbon footprint of buildings

What Colour is your Building?: Measuring and reducing the energy and carbon footprint of buildings by David Clark

RIBA Publishing Jun 2013

Already garnering high-praise from luminaries within the construction and architecture industries, 'What Colour is your Building?' is an essential title for all those interested in determining and responding to the true costs of a building 's carbon footprint.

Eco-minimalism: The antidote to eco-bling

Eco-minimalism: The antidote to eco-bling by Howard Liddell

RIBA Publishing Mar 2013

Building energy-efficient, ecologically benign and sustainable buildings is complex since it comprises of a set of interdependent factors influenced by little-understood science. Buildings are all too often ‘greenwashed’ with eco-bling, which is at best unnecessary and at worst counterproductive and ecologically damaging.

This book exposes the pitfalls of such greenwashing in an immediate, visually-arresting and authoritative manner. Its central message is that eco-bling should be ditched in favour of ‘eco-minimalism’ – the holistic, considered and appropriate deployment of building science in support of truly ecological, affordable sustainable architecture.

Design for Climate Change

Design for Climate Change by William Gething and Katie Puckett

RIBA Publishing Feb 2013

Leading climate change architect Bill Gething (writing with journalist Katie Puckett) cuts to the heart of the issues surrounding climate change, demystifying a complex field and equipping readers with a framework for addressing the technical and professional challenges that adapting to the changing climate presents.

Little Book of Big Ideas Architecture

Little Book of Big Ideas Architecture by John Stones

Herbert Press Ltd Dec 2012

This is an introduction to the world's most important architects as well as a look at various architectural styles, movements and processes. It particularly concentrates on the ideas and contributions of 50 of the world's most influential architects and at 10 of the major movements in the field and their place in history. Some of the architects included are: Frank Lloyd Wright, Wren, Venturi and Saarinen and some of the topics covered include Modernism, Skyscrapers and Urban Planning. All in all, this is a compact, easily accessible, quick guide to the world's major architects.

The Plot: Designing Diversity in the Built Environment

The Plot: Designing Diversity in the Built Environment by Jonathan Tarbatt

RIBA Publishing Jun 2012

The perceived failure of late Twentieth Century place-making led to a rethink among urban designers that today puts sustainability at the heart of contemporary policy. Theories about what this means abound, often pointing to the architecturally ebullient, close-grain building typologies found in flourishing historic town centres. How can the designer replicate these patterns to meet the needs of modern society in all its diversity? In this book, Tarbatt explains his practical plot-based urbanism to answer this question.

Urban Design Practice: An International Review

Urban Design Practice: An International Review by Sebastian Loew

RIBA Publishing Jul 2012

Urban Design Practice gives a fascinating account of the state of urban design practice across the world today. Packed with invaluable local knowledge from on-the-spot contributors, its global scope offers an armoury of background facts and figures to professionals interested in exporting their skills internationally. Along the way it reveals how urban design is practiced, identifies a multitude of key concerns and refines our understanding of what urban design (so often a nebulous concept) means.

London 2012 - Sustainable Design: Delivering an Olympic Legacy

London 2012 - Sustainable Design: Delivering an Olympic Legacy by Hattie Hartman

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Jan 2012

Written by an architect and the sustainability editor for the Architects Journal, London 2012 is a wide-angle look at how environmental thinking has informed all aspects of staging and planning the Olympic games—from transportation to entertainment and nowhere more than in the design of specific venues.

Guide to BREEAM

Guide to BREEAM by Stuart Barlow

RIBA Publishing Dec 2011

BREEAM is the leading environmental assessment method for buildings, setting the standard for best practice in sustainable design. Yet many professionals find BREEAM difficult to understand and often miss out on opportunities to optimise the credits that can be scored from a scheme.

This practical, accessible guide comes to the rescue – providing a much-needed explanation of BREEAM for all building professionals, whether architects, clients, contractors or engineers.

Decoding Theoryspeak: An Illustrated Guide to Architectural Theory

Decoding Theoryspeak: An Illustrated Guide to Architectural Theory by Enn Ots

Routledge Sep 2010

The unique language used in architectural theory, in either speech or writing, can appear daunting and confusing, particularly to new architectural students.

  • Definitions of over 200 terms
  • Clearly cross-referenced
  • Illustrated throughout

AD Typological Urbanism: Projective Cities : Architectural Design

AD Typological Urbanism: Projective Cities : Architectural Design by Sam Jacoby and Christopher CM Lee

Wiley Jan 2011

How can architecture today be simultaneously relevant to its urban context and at the very forefront of design? For a decade or so, iconic architecture has been fuelled by the market economy and consumers' insatiable appetite for the novel and the different. The relentless speed and scale of urbanisation, with its ruptured, decentralised and fast-changing context, though, demands a rethink of the role of the designer and the function of architecture.

This title of 2 confronts and questions the profession's and academia's current inability to confidently and comprehensively describe, conceptualise, theorise and ultimately project new ideas for architecture in relation to the city. In so doing, it provides a potent alternative for projective cities: Typological Urbanism. This pursues and develops the strategies of typological reasoning in order to re-engage architecture with the city in both a critical and speculative manner. Architecture and urbanism are no longer seen as separate domains, or subservient to each other, but as synthesising disciplines and processes that allow an integrating and controlling effect on both the city and its built environment.

Derrida for Architects

Derrida for Architects by Richard Coyne

Routledge Mar 2011

Looking afresh at the implications of Jacques Derrida’s thinking for architecture, this book simplifies his ideas in a clear, concise way. Derrida‘s treatment of key philosophical texts has been labelled as "deconstruction," a term that resonates with architecture. Although his main focus is language, his thinking has been applied by architectural theorists widely.

As well as a review of Derrida’s interaction with architecture, this book is also a careful consideration of the implications of his thinking, particularly on the way architecture is practiced.

Prospects for an Ethics of Architecture

Prospects for an Ethics of Architecture by William M. Taylor and Michael P. Levine

Routledge Feb 2011

Bringing together the reflections of an architectural theorist and a philosopher, this book encourages philosophers and architects, scholars and designers alike, to reconsider what they do as well as what they can do in the face of challenging times. It does so by exploring the notion that architecture and design can (and possibly should), in their own right, make for a distinctive form of ethical investigation.

The book is less concerned with absolutist understandings of the two components of ethics, a theory of ‘the good’ and a theory of ‘the right’, than with remaining open to multiple relations between ideas about the built environment, design practices and the plurality of kinds of human subjects (inhabitants, individuals and communities) accommodated by buildings and urban spaces.

Architects Brain: Neuroscience, Creativity, and Architecture

Architects Brain: Neuroscience, Creativity, and Architecture by Harry Francis Mallgrave

Wiley January 2010

The Architect's Brain: Neuroscience, Creativity, and Architecture is the first book to consider the relationship between the neurosciences and architecture, offering a compelling and provocative study in the field of architectural theory.