Materials for Design

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  • RabidReader "RabidReader" says:
    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Design magicians reveal their material tricks, May 17, 2006
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    RabidReader “RabidReader” (Dallas, TX USA) –

    This review is from: Materials for Design (Paperback)

    If you’ve seen beautiful design and wanted to know how it was actually made, this is the book to show you. The case studies are the best of recent work and each has clear concepts, many color shots and ALSO clear construction drawings and details which are impossible to find. Some books only tease with images but not explanations, and technical manuals miss the beauty of design altogether. This book brings the two together. I don’t know why this approach was not taken before, but it’s what I’ve been looking for.

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  • John Matlock "Gunny" says:
    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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    Materials Control Design, August 19, 2006
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    John Matlock “Gunny” (Winnemucca, NV) –
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    This review is from: Materials for Design (Paperback)

    Architecture is an interesting mix of enginnering and art. All too often one of these is emphasized too much at the expense of the other. If too much art is emphasized, it is easy to design structures that cannot be built with the materials being specified.

    This book is an attempt to bring the two together. It is broken down into five sections: Glass, concrete, wood, metals, and Plastics. In each category there is some description of the material itself, its history, and some generalized design characteristics. Then there is a set of descriptions of buildings built using that material. Each building is deacribed in some detail, photographed from several views and in most cases contain some line drawings of particular points of construction being used.

    Obviously this is an idea book that can be used in the early phase of design when the broad concepts are being discussed. The designs in the book stretche the normal thoughts in design with the particualr materials. It is far more interesting than most as it also stretches shat can be done with these materials.

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  • Matt says:
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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    book worth buying, September 22, 2007
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    Matt

    This review is from: Materials for Design (Paperback)

    I highly recommend this book. I am an architecture student, and I have found this book to be interesting, useful, and full of great projects. The book does a nice job of talking about the history, uses, strengths, and weaknesses of building materials. The book is organized by material with building projects that utilize those particular materials in an innovating and interesting way. The photos are great and the detail drawings are very nice to see as well.

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