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Author Allen, Edward, 1938-

Title How buildings work : the natural order of architecture / Edward Allen
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1980


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Description 245 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
regular print
Contents The outdoor environment -- The human environment -- The concept of shelter -- Building function -- Providing water -- Recycling wastes -- Providing for thermal comfort -- Thermal properties of building components -- Controlling the radiation of heat -- Controlling air temperature and humidity -- Controlling air movement -- Keeping water out -- Seeing and illumination -- Hearing and being heard -- Providing concentrated energy -- Fitting buildings to people -- Providing structural support -- Providing for building movement -- Controlling fire -- Getting a building built -- Keeping a building alive and growing -- Building components and building function
Summary What do buildings do, and how do they fuction? Edward Allen's new book provides a full and elegantly articulated answer to these fundamental questions about architecture. "A house of snow in the Arctic obeys the same physical laws as one of bamboo in the tropics," writes Allen, "and a steel-framed skyscraper is not so far removed from a tree house as we would sometimes believe." But the principles involved in the functioning of buildings has never been clearly laid out in one place. Edward Allen's book is the first comprehensive, nonmathmematical physiology of architecture, and will enable lay people as well as professionals to understand how buildings work. Every chapter of How Buildings Work concisely describes one aspect of building function. Here, for the first time in a single volume, are chapters on thermal considerations in architecture, keeping water out of buildings, reducing danger from fire, fitting buildings to people, the structural behavior of buildings, and much more. Each is a complete introduction to its topic, and each is unique for the clarity and simplicity with which it describes an often complex phenomenon. Over 300 original illustrations accompany the text to explain key points. A book of design and construction principles, How Buildings Work will take a natural place among the basic books on architecture and building construction. A comprehensive index and glossary of terms make it a convenient reference manual as well
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Buildings -- Environmental engineering.
LC no. 79010173
ISBN 0195026055