Introduction to Architectural Technology

Author(s): William McLean

design & construction | Laurence King | reference

This book provides an accessible introduction for architecture students to all aspects of architectural technology: structural physics, structural elements and forms, heating, lighting, environmental control, and computer modelling. It will also help students to integrate their design thinking with appropriate structural and environmental solutions. The book explains the relationships between physical phenomena, materials, building elements and structural types using simple classification systems and real world examples. In addition, it explores current computer techniques for assisting students to predict the structural and environmental behaviour of buildings. The book also uses historical precedents to explain how the success of a technology is directly related to its cultural context. This second edition includes new sections on environmental design, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and two new case studies. Written by two experienced teachers, this book is invaluable for those contemplating the study of architecture and for those already embarked on a course.


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Pete Silver and Will McLean teach at the School of Architecture at the University of Westminster and are the co-authors of Fabrication (2006), Introduction to Architectural Technology (2008), and Structural Engineering for Architects (2013).

NEW MATERIAL 16 pages additional pages / 50 new illustrations / 5,000 new words Foreword: Hanif Kara Part 1 STRUCTURE AND FORM Structural Physics Materials Science; Structural Integrity; Materials Technology Structural Elements Bearing Elements; Foundations; Unidirectional Spanning Elements; Multidirectional Spanning Elements; Connections and Joints Structural Logic Compressive Structures; Tensile Surfaces Part 2 ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE Thermal Comfort; Solar Geometry; Climatic Envelope Thermal Insulation; Air Movement: Natural Ventilation; Passive Control; Windows & Glazing; Weathering: Masonry; Cladding Systems; Membranes; Bonded Surfaces; Sound and Light; Acoustics; Building Services; Air-Conditioning; Integrated Systems; Sanitation Part 3 COMPUTATIONAL TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES Building Information Modelling (BIM); Responsive Systems; Structural Analysis; Environmental Analysis Part 4 CASE STUDIES Mud House; Tepee; Igloo; Obelisk; The Pantheo; The Ironbridge; The Bell Rock Lighthouse; The Crystal Palace; Clifton Suspension Bridge; Tropical House (Pavilion Demontable); Kresge Auditorium; Palazzetto Dello Sport; The Houston Astrodome; The German Pavilion; The USA Pavilion; Self-Build House; Sydney Opera House; HSBC Headquarters; The Pavilion of the Future; The Portugal Pavilion; The Lord's Media Centre; 30 St Mary Axe; D' Tower; Davies Alpine House; International Space Station; School in Switerland; Media ICT, Barcelona

General Fields

  • : 9781780672946
  • : Laurence King Publishing
  • : Laurence King Publishing
  • : August 2013
  • : October 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : William McLean
  • : Paperback
  • : 2nd Revised edition
  • : 208