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The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live
The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live
by Sarah Susanka
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This best-seller was met with an extraordinary response when it was published in 1998. In it, visionary architect Sarah Susanka embraced the notion of smaller, simpler shelters that better meet the needs of the way we live today. The book created a... (read more)

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Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
by Ross King
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On August 19, 1418, a competition concerning Florence's magnificent new cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore--already under construction for more than a century--was announced: "Whoever desires to make any model or design for the vaulting of the main Dome....... (read more)

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Thermal Delight in Architecture (79 Edition)
Thermal Delight in Architecture (79 Edition)
by Lisa Heschong
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Our thermal environment is as rich in cultural associations as our visual, acoustic, olfactory, and tactile environments. This book explores the potential for using thermal qualities as an expressive element in building design.... (read more)

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Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui
Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui
by Karen Kingston
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If you want your home to be a clean, clutter-free space but have difficulty getting rid of unneeded belongings and unwanted gifts, Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui is the book for you; fifty pages in and you'll be eager to put the book down and start... (read more)

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Identifying American Architecture: A Pictorial Guide to Styles and Terms, 1600-1945
Identifying American Architecture: A Pictorial Guide to Styles and Terms, 1600-1945
by John J G Blumenson
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This book enables the reader to determine styles and identify architectural terms by comparing real buildings with the book's many photographs.... (read more)

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Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World
Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World
by Ross Chapin
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Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World introduces an antidote to faceless, placeless sprawl — small scale neighborhoods where people can easily know one another, where empty nesters and single householders with... (read more)

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A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America's Domestic Architecture
A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America's Domestic Architecture
by Virginia Savage McAlester
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Here at last: the fully expanded, updated, and freshly designed second edition of the most comprehensive and widely acclaimed guide to domestic architecture — in print since its publication in 1984, and acknowledged everywhere as the unmatched... (read more)

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Frame #98: Frame #98
Frame #98: Frame #98
by Robert Thiemann
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Frame: The Great Indoors is a bi-monthly international trade journal devoted to the design of interiors and products. Frame offers a stunning selection of interior designs created for shops, offices, exhibitions, residences, and hospitality venues. The... (read more)

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Diedrich Rulfs: Designing Modern Nacogdoches
Diedrich Rulfs: Designing Modern Nacogdoches
by Jere Jackson
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Diedrich Anton Wilhelm Rulfs, the German-born architect who immigrated to Nacogdoches, Texas in 1880, transformed the historic frontier town into a modern city. The life and work of Rulfs and his interaction with his contemporaries is the story of... (read more)

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Home: A Short History of an Idea
Home: A Short History of an Idea
by Witold Rybczynski
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Walk through five centuries of homes both great and small—from the smoke-filled manor halls of the Middle Ages to today's Ralph Lauren-designed environments—on a house tour like no other, one that delightfully explicates the very idea of "home."... (read more)

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Earthen Floors: A Modern Approach to an Ancient Practice
Earthen Floors: A Modern Approach to an Ancient Practice
by Sukita Reay Crimmel
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For most of human history, people have lived in durable, comfortable buildings made from natural materials such as soil, sand, rocks, and fiber. All over the globe, these ancient traditions persist; a quarter to a third of the world's population today... (read more)

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Interior Design Visual Presentation: A Guide to Graphics, Models and Presentation Techniques
Interior Design Visual Presentation: A Guide to Graphics, Models and Presentation Techniques
by Maureen Mitton
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A practical, comprehensive guide to developing effective design communication skills From doing a quick sketch to producing a fully rendered model, the ability to create visual representations of designs is a critical skill for every designer. Interior... (read more)

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The Genius of Japanese Carpentry: Secrets of an Ancient Craft
The Genius of Japanese Carpentry: Secrets of an Ancient Craft
by Azby Brown
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andlt;iandgt;The Genius of Japanese Carpentryandlt;/iandgt; tells the story of the 1200-year-old Yakushiji monastery in Nara and the dedicated modern-day craftsmen who are working to restore what has been lost to the depredations of time, fire, and... (read more)

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The Architecture of the City (Oppositions Books)
The Architecture of the City (Oppositions Books)
by Aldo Rossi
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Aldo Rossi, a practicing architect and leader of the Italian architectural... (read more)

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Urban Utopias in the Twentieth Century: Ebenezer Howard, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier
Urban Utopias in the Twentieth Century: Ebenezer Howard, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier
by Robert Fishman
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As Robert Fishman writes of three of urban planning's greatest visionaries, Ebenezer Howard, Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier, they 'hated the cities of their time with an overwhelming passion. The metropolis was the counter-image of their ideal... (read more)

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A Timeless Way of Building
A Timeless Way of Building
by Christopher Alexander
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The theory of architecture implicit in our world today, Christopher Alexander believs, is bankrupt. More and more people are aware that something is deeply wrong. Yet the power of present-day ideas is so great that many feel uncomfortable, even afraid... (read more)

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Sky High
Sky High
by Germano Zullo
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In this charming illustrated tale, two competing neighbors begin embellishing their houses, only to find themselves caught up in a race to build the tallest, most decadent skyscraper featuring solid gold doors, diamond-encrusted pillars, grand ballrooms,... (read more)

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Color and How to Use It (Artist's Library Series)
Color and How to Use It (Artist's Library Series)
by William F Powell
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From the most delicate pastel tint to the boldest bright hue, color is a vitally important tool to you as an artist. Whether your preferred medium is acrylic, oil, or watercolor, a strong understanding of color and its applications is essential. includes... (read more)

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Prefab Houses
Prefab Houses
by Peter Gossel
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Home delivery: The amazing story of the prefabricated house   A Prefab is a mass produced house, constructed in a factory and assembled on site in a few days or weeks. Once regarded as a cheap, easy solution for urgent housing problems, the... (read more)

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Creating the Not So Big House
Creating the Not So Big House
by Sarah Susanka
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In this sequel to The Not So Big House, Sarah Susanka shows readers how to create extraordinary "Not So Big" homes. She leads a personal tour through 25 of the most beautiful, well-designed homes in North America. More than 200 color photos, floor plans... (read more)

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