The Barefoot Architect

A Handbook for Green Building
Author: Johan van Lengen
Publisher: Shelter Publications, Inc.
ISBN: 9780936070421
Category: Architecture
Page: 705
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THE BAREFOOT ARCHITECT is a book dedicated to helping economically-challenged tropical builders learn how to provide shelter, clean water, electrical energy, and sanitation by using indiginous, low-cost, sustainable building materials.A former UN worker and prominent architect, Johan van Lengen has seen firsthand the desperate need for a "greener" approach to housing in impoverished tropical climates. This comprehensive book clearly explains every aspect of this endeavor, including design (siting, orientation, climate consideration), materials (sisal, cactus, bamboo, earth), and implementation. The author emphasizes throughout the book what is inexpensive and sustainable. Included are sections discussing urban planning, small-scale energy production, cleaning and storing drinking water, and dealing with septic waste, and all information is applied to three distinct tropical regions: humid areas, temporate areas, and desert climates. Hundreds of explanatory drawings by vanLengen allow even novice builders to get started.

The Septic System Owner's Manual


Author: Lloyd Kahn,Blair Allen,Julie Jones
Publisher: Shelter Publications, Inc.
ISBN: 0936070404
Category: House & Home
Page: 179
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Offers information about the tank, drainfield, soil, down the drain, maintenance, red alerts, graywater systems, advanced systems, upgrades, and a brief history of waste disposal.

Building with Bamboo

Design and Technology of a Sustainable Architecture Second and revised edition
Author: Gernot Minke
Publisher: Birkhäuser
ISBN: 3035608652
Category: Architecture
Page: 160
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Although traditionally a building material of the warmer climate zones, bamboo is becoming increasingly popular amongst architects in the northern hemisphere; bamboo has several advantages – it is very stable, of low weight, and highly elastic, in addition to being readily available as well as renewable. The applications of bamboo in architecture have become significantly wider and diversified, so that today, even structures with large spans – such as bridges – are built with this material. The new and revised second edition of this manual provides a practical, systematic overview of the numerous potential applications and processing methods of this renewable material. The comprehensive presentation of groundbreaking bamboo buildings has been updated with more recent projects.

The Barefoot Home

Dressed-down Design for Casual Living
Author: Marc Vassallo
Publisher: Taunton Press
ISBN: 1561588075
Category: Architecture
Page: 218
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Showcasing twenty-three homes representing a variety of styles from around the country, an inspirational guide to decorating with a casual touch explains how to eliminate the clutter, emphasize informal rooms over formal living and dining areas, and create open, light-filled spaces that bring together the outside with interior decor. 25,000 first printing.

Eden by Design

The 1930 Olmsted-Bartholomew Plan for the Los Angeles Region
Author: Greg Hise,William Francis Deverell
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520224148
Category: Political Science
Page: 314
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""Eden by Design" is a compelling and fascinating description of a possible Los Angeles that never came to be. Greg Hise and William Deverell have resurrected the Olmsted Brothers' 1930 plan for Los Angeles County, and then, in a wonderful introduction, put the plan in context so that to read it now is to see not only what seemed dangerous and possible in 1930 but also how and why one route to the present was chosen over others. In their hands, the plan acts like a ghost of Los Angeles, reminding us about a vanished past, lost possibilities, and the secrets that our present masks."--Richard White, author of "The Organic Machine" "The Report is not only a vital document in the history of Los Angeles . . . but a lost classic of a neglected golden age of city planning and landscape architecture. . . . It embodies a truly regional perspective; an ecological perspective; a long-range vision; an integration of design with finance and administration; and a truly grand interpretation of public space. It deserves to be known to every serious student of the American planning tradition."--Robert Fishman, author of "Bourgeois Utopias: The Rise and Fall of Suburbia" "An essential document for understanding the history of the West's largest city. Los Angeles had the opportunity to become an extraordinarily beautiful environment, a Paris in the desert. The editors make clear why, sadly, it did not; but also they hold out hope that portions of this brilliant but neglected plan might still be recovered."--Donald Worster, author of "Nature's Economy: A History of Ecological Ideas" "A welcome addition to the literature of American urban planning history."--Roger Montgomery, Professor of Architecture Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

Urgent Architecture

40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World
Author: Bridgette Meinhold
Publisher: W. W. Norton
ISBN: 9780393733587
Category: Architecture
Page: 256
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Disaster-proof, environmentally friendly housing solutions for a changing climate. How can we adequately provide housing when disaster strikes, whether that disaster is weather related, like hurricanes, floods, and droughts, happens in a matter of minutes from an earthquake or tsunami, through a slow process like rising sea levels, or is the result of civil disorder or poverty? There is an urgent need for safe, sustainable housing designs that are cheap to build, environmentally friendly, and hardy enough to withstand severe environmental conditions. Not only is there climate change to contend with, but there are millions of people, right now, who do not have safe or adequate housing In Urgent Architecture Bridgette Meinhold showcases 40 successful emergency and long-term housing projects - from repurposed shipping containers to sandbag homes. She surveys successful structures as well as highlighting promising projects that are still being developed. Every one is quickly deployable, affordable, and sustainable. This book is an essential resource for those who are interested in green building, sustainable design, eco-friendly materials, affordable housing, material reuse, and humanitarian relief.

The LEGO Architect


Author: Tom Alphin
Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN: 1593276133
Category: Architecture
Page: 192
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"The perfect book to turn your childhood LEGO® collection into a legitimate (and seriously fun) adult pastime." —Finn MacLeod, Arch Daily "Stunning...be the Corbusier of LEGO." —Wall Street Journal "For many budding architects the first step on the road to blueprints and T-squares is a trip to the toy store. The models are sure to motivate future architects—or future LEGO artists—to get building." —Architectural Digest Travel through the history of architecture in The LEGO Architect. You’ll learn about styles like Art Deco, Modernism, and High-Tech, and find inspiration in galleries of LEGO models. Then take your turn building 12 models in a variety of styles. Snap together some bricks and learn architecture the fun way!

Builders of the Pacific Coast


Author: Lloyd Kahn
Publisher: Shelter Publications, Inc.
ISBN: 0936070439
Category: Architecture
Page: 251
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In 2004, Lloyd Kahn discovered a group of unique carpenters along the Pacific Coast of North America. Over a two-year period, he made four trips north from his home in the San Francisco Bay Area, up the coast, shooting the photos that appear in this book. To preserve homeowners' privacy, specific locations are not given, but suffice to say this book focuses on the Pacific Coast north from San Francisco up to and around Vancouver Island, British Columbia, latitudes 37 to 49 degrees. There's been a vortex of creative carpentry energy in this part of the world over the last 30 years. Many of the builders shown here got started in the countercultural era of the '60s and '70s, and their work has never been shown in books or magazine articles.

Take Me Tonight


Author: Roxanne St. Claire
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781416539506
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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What do thrill-seeking women want? A fantasy-fulfilling abduction...an exciting rescue by a scorching hot guy...with an unforgettable night of passion. So they go to www.takemetonite.com -- and then they die. Someone has to stop it. When Sage Valentine discovers that her roommate's shocking suicide might be related to a website that provides edgy, thrill-seeking entertainment, she immediately books her own "abduction" to get some answers. But her "rescuer" isn't really who she thinks he is....Johnny Christiano is dedicated to the Bullet Catchers, who saved him from a wise guy's life of crime and turned him into an elite bodyguard. When he's assigned to stop Sage's kidnapping, he's unexpectedly trapped between deceit and sizzling desire. But the closer Johnny and Sage get to the truth, the closer danger stalks them...until death is only a double-click away.

Bamboo Architecture & Design


Author: Chris Van Uffelen
Publisher: Braun Pub Ag
ISBN: 9783037681824
Category: Architecture
Page: 183
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"Bamboo has been used as building material for many centuries in all regions in which it grows, especially in Asia, Africa and South America. Today it is gaining in popularity also among Western architects and engineers due to its reputation of a quickly replenishing and therefore sustainable raw material. In addition, its tensile as well as compressive strength, which can compete with those of steel, stone and concrete, make bamboo a very desirable construction material. The range extends from traditional building styles and their modern interpretation to the combination of bamboo with other materials. Frequently, beyond its use for purely construction purposes it also serves as a primary design element. This volume presents contemporary projects that show the impressive versatility of its usage"--Provided by publisher.

Community Architecture (Routledge Revivals)

How People Are Creating Their Own Environment
Author: Nick Wates,Charles Knevitt
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134618891
Category: Architecture
Page: 209
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First published in 1987, this title was one of the first to explore the emerging popular movement of Community Architecture, championed by Prince Charles, which gained momentum throughout Britain in the 1970s and 1980s. The conceptual framework rests fundamentally on the principle that the built environment is most effective when those who live in a particular area are actively engaged with its creation and daily administration. A work that has influenced policy makers and planning legislation, Community Architecture remains one of the key reference works for student architects and planners.

Shelter II


Author: Lloyd Kahn,Bob Easton
Publisher: Shelter Publications, Inc.
ISBN: 0936070498
Category: Architecture
Page: 224
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First published in 1978, Shelter II is a continuation of the subject areas originally covered in Shelter (1973), with a greater emphasis on construction techniques.Shelter II is the second in a series of books about people building their own homes in different parts of the world. The principles outlined in Shelter, published almost 40 years ago, seem even more important today: relearning the still-usable skills of the past and doing more hand work in providing life's necessities. Shelter II provides a basic manual of design and construction for the first time house-builder. The book begins with simple shelters still being built and lived in by people with minimal resources. They can be viewed for historical or anthropological interest, or as sensible, instructive examples of efficient construction by those who lack the choices available in industrialized societies. There are also personal accounts and seasoned advice from builders in different climates, with a variety of design approaches, construction techniques, and building materials. A home is still a place for working, resting, sharing, healing, dreaming...some things haven't changed that much.

How-to Bamboo

Simple Instructions and Projects
Author: Paul N. Hasluck
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
ISBN: 9780764324161
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 77
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Bamboo, bemoaned by many as a runaway weed, is treasured in many cultures around the world for its strength, durability, and versatility. This book illustrates ways in which any person capable of using a saw, rasp, screwdriver, and chisel can set about to create beautiful furnishings and useful accessories for the home. Patience, practice, and the application of sharp tools, hot glue, and accurate measurements, promise to enable you to make your own creations. Illustrations and basic instructions for bamboo tables, chairs and seats, bedroom furniture, hall racks and stands, cabinets and bookcases, window blinds, and many other articles are provided, along with a thorough primer on the tools and techniques for working this fast-growing grass. Many designs are inspired by Asian models, very popular in today's decor.

Barefoot in the Sand


Author: Roxanne St. Claire
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1455508225
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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When all you hold dear is taken away . . . When a hurricane roars through Lacey Armstrong's home on the coast of Barefoot Bay, she decides all that remains in the rubble is opportunity. A new hotel is just what Mimosa Key needs, and Lacey and her teenage daughter are due for a fresh start. And nothing, especially not a hot, younger architect, is going to distract Lacey from finally making her dreams a reality. A second chance is the only thing you have left. Love has already cost Clay Walker everything. And if he's going to have any chance of picking up the pieces of his life, he needs the job as Lacey Armstrong's architect. What's not in the plans is falling for the headstrong beauty. Her vision of the future is more appealing than anything he could have ever drafted for himself. Will Clay's designs on Lacey's heart be more than she can handle, or will she trust him to build something that will last forever?

In Search of Bawa

Master Architect of Sri Lanka
Author: Robson David
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
ISBN: 9781780679136
Category: Art
Page: 144
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This book answers some important questions about Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lanka's pre-eminent architect, and his legacy. A sizeable introduction to Bawa's world, life, education and work is reviewed by eminent Bawa scholar, David Robson. This precedes a site-by-site tour of 45 of his buildings scatterd throughout Sri Lanka, Many are considered "pilgrimage sites" by up-and-coming architects, designers and lay people interested in his extraordinary and enduring talent. Insightful texts, contemporary and archive photographs and a plethora of drawings illustrate the individual buildings that range from private dwellings to public buildings, schools and hotels. Each is representative of Bawa's pioneering work on tropical modernism. The book ends with a brief section on buildings that have been transformed, lost or are at risk for one reason or another

Bamboo

Architecture & Design
Author: Eduard Broto
Publisher: Links Internacional
ISBN: 9788415492818
Category: Architecture
Page: 276
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This volume uncovers contemporary architecture and design´s resurgent love affair with bamboo. Light, stiff, strong and incre­dibly fast growing, bamboo is a true super-plant, and in construction it is becoming a super-material. A comprehensive introduction explores all as­pects that architects working with bamboo will need to consider.Bamboo has traditionally been used in many cultures around the world, and its influence is spreading. Collected here are some of the most beautiful, creative and cutting edge bamboo projects of recent years, accompanied by photos, plans and inspirations.

The Rumor

A Novel
Author: Elin Hilderbrand
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316334502
Category: Fiction
Page: 384
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Madeline King and Grace Pancik are best friends and the envy of Nantucket for their perfect marriages, their beautiful kids, their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands. But this summer, something's changed, and if there's anything Nantucket likes better than cocktails on the beach at sunset, it's a good rumor. And rumor has it... ...that Madeline, a novelist, is battling writer's block, with a deadline looming, bills piling up, and blank pages driving her to desperation--and a desperately bad decision; ...that Grace, hard at work to transform her backyard into a garden paradise, has been collaborating a bit more closely that necessary with her ruggedly handsome landscape architect; ...that Grace's husband, successful island real estate developer "Fast Eddie" Pancik, has embarked on quite an unusual side project; ...that the storybook romance between Madeline's son, Brick, and Grace's daughter Allegra is on the rocks, heading for disaster. As the gossip escalates, and they face the possible loss of the happy lives they've worked so hard to create, Grace and Madeline try mightily to set the record straight--but the truth might be even worse than rumor has it.

No Sunshine When She's Gone


Author: Kate Angell
Publisher: Kensington Books
ISBN: 0758291280
Category: Fiction
Page: 278
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When Jillie Mac pretends to be boardwalk fortune teller in the charming beachside town of Barefoot William, it leads her into the arms of local rich boy Aiden Cates. Original.