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New and Key Textbooks in Architecture

Routledge publish an unrivalled collection of books for architecture courses and students - below are a few of the new and best selling textbooks on the list. Click here to browse through the latest 2011 catalog

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  1. Twenty Buildings Every Architect Should Understand

    By Simon Unwin

    Have you ever wondered how the ideas behind the world’s greatest architectural designs came about? What process does an architect go through to design buildings which become world-renowned for their excellence? This book reveals the secrets behind these buildings. He asks you to ‘read’...

    Published March 1st 2010 by Routledge

  2. Understanding Architecture Through Drawing

    2nd Edition

    By Brian Edwards

    This second edition is fully revised and updated and includes new chapters on sustainability, history and archaeology, designing through drawing and drawing in architectural practice. The book introduces design and graphic techniques aimed to help designers increase their understanding of buildings...

    Published September 4th 2008 by Taylor & Francis

  3. Decoding Theoryspeak

    An Illustrated Guide to Architectural Theory

    By Enn Ots

    Existentialism; Urbanism; Aporia; Deontic; Tabula Rasa; Hyperspace; Heterotopia; Metareality; Structuralism… What does it all mean? The unique language used in architectural theory – both in speech and writing – can appear daunting and confusing, particularly to new architectural...

    Published September 15th 2010 by Routledge

  4. Procuring Innovative Architecture

    By Leon van Schaik, Geoffrey London

    The case studies in this book describe how clients’ promotion of innovative communities of practice has led to important collections of architectural works. The book provides an assessment of the effectiveness of their approaches. Architects and clients will understand what to look for as they...

    Published May 13th 2010 by Routledge

  5. Overlooking the Visual

    Demystifying the Art of Design

    By Kathryn Moore

    Making tangible connections between theory and practice, ideas and form, this book encourages debate about the artistic, conceptual, and cultural significance of the way things look. What are the metaphysical concepts at the heart of design education, theory, and philosophy? Why do we assume that...

    Published November 30th 2009 by Routledge

  6. Innovations in Hospital Architecture

    By Stephen Verderber

    This indispensable reference book captures key recent developments in the rapidly evolving field of sustainable hospital architecture. Today’s architects must provide hospitals which enable high quality care for diverse patient populations in carbon neutral care settings, and this book succinctly...

    Published March 31st 2010 by Routledge

  7. Towards Creative Learning Spaces

    Re-thinking the Architecture of Post-Compulsory Education

    By Jos Boys

    This book offers new ways of investigating relationships between learning and the spaces in which it takes place. It suggests that we need to understand more about the distinctiveness of teaching and learning in post-compulsory education, and what it is that matters about the design of its spaces....

    Published November 18th 2010 by Routledge

  8. Stadium Worlds

    Football, Space and the Built Environment

    Edited by Sybille Frank, Silke Steets

    Series: Architext

    Analyzing football as a cultural practice, this book investigates the connection between the sport and its built environment. Four thematic sections bring together an international multi-disciplinary range of perspectives with particular focus on the stadium. Examples from architectural design,...

    Published June 18th 2010 by Routledge

  9. Materials and Meaning in Contemporary Japanese Architecture

    Tradition and Today

    By Dana Buntrock

    In this beautiful and perceptive book, Dana Buntrock examines, for the first time, how tradition is incorporated into contemporary Japanese architecture. Looking at the work of five architects – Fumihiko Maki, Terunobu Fujimori, Ryoji Suzuki, Kengo Kuma, and Jun Aoki – Buntrock reveals...

    Published February 22nd 2010 by Routledge

  10. Managing the Brief for Better Design

    2nd Edition

    By Alastair Blyth, John Worthington

    Briefing is not just presenting a set of documents to the design team; it is a process of developing a deep understanding about client needs. This book provides both inspiration to clients and a framework for practitioners. The coverage extends beyond new build, covering briefing for services and...

    Published June 17th 2010 by Routledge

  11. The Architect's Portfolio

    Planning, Design, Production

    By Andreas Luescher

    The creation of a successful portfolio is a vital skill needed by architectural students and professionals alike. In a highly competitive global market the accomplished representation of the architect’s work must be able to turn opportunities into triumphs. This book offers a fresh step-by-step...

    Published July 20th 2010 by Routledge

  12. The Universe of Design

    Horst Rittel's Theories of Design and Planning

    By Jean-Pierre Protzen, David J. Harris

    This book examines the theoretical foundations of the processes of planning and design. When people – alone or in groups – want to solve problems or improve their situation, they make plans. Horst Rittel studied this process of making plans and he developed theories – including his notion of...

    Published April 30th 2010 by Routledge

  13. Built from Below: British Architecture and the Vernacular

    Edited by Peter Guillery

    This book extends the concept of British vernacular architecture beyond its traditional base of pre-modern domestic and industrial architecture to embrace other buildings such as places of worship, villas, hospitals, suburban semis and post-war mass housing. Engaging with wider issues of social and...

    Published August 18th 2010 by Routledge

  14. Development and Design of Heritage Sensitive Sites

    Strategies for Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas

    By Kenneth Williamson

    This is the first book to provide readers with the skills to assess development potential from a holistic standpoint. Until now, architectural books on conservation matters have focused on preservation at a strategic level and restoration at a technical level. This book offers the architect,...

    Published June 27th 2010 by Routledge

  15. Sustainable Buildings in Practice

    What the Users Think

    By George Baird

    Current assessment methods of sustainable buildings do not adequately account for the users’ needs. Given that over the life of a building, total salary costs far outweigh both operating costs and combined capital and rental costs, the occupants’ needs are not something which should be sensibly...

    Published January 26th 2010 by Routledge

  16. Dictionary of Ecodesign

    An Illustrated Reference

    By Ken Yeang, Lillian Woo

    The first guide to the terminology of sustainable design. Written by an internationally renowned expert in the field, this illustrated dictionary provides over 1500 definitions and explanations of ecodesign terms. Providing a unique resource for the practitioner and student, ...

    Published March 11th 2010 by Routledge

  17. New Directions in Sustainable Design

    Edited by Adrian Parr, Michael Zaretsky

    Recently there has been a plethora of work published on the topic of sustainability, much of which is purely theoretical or technical in its approach. More often than not these books fail to introduce readers to the larger challenge of what thinking sustainably might entail. Combining a series of...

    Published October 4th 2010 by Routledge

  18. Elements of Parametric Design

    By Robert Woodbury

    Driven by new computer and digital fabrication tools, the architectural designs that are being built are pushing boundaries of form, customization and construction. Pushed by practices wanting and needing to produce novelty, computer-aided design systems are increasingly parametric – that...

    Published June 16th 2010 by Routledge

  19. Programming.Architecture

    By Paul Coates

    Programming.Architecture is a simple and concise introduction to the history of computing and computational design, explaining the basics of algorithmic thinking and the use of the computer as a tool for design and architecture. Paul Coates, a pioneer of CAAD, demonstrates algorithmic thinking...

    Published January 27th 2010 by Routledge

  20. Emergent Technologies and Design

    Towards a Biological Paradigm for Architecture

    By Michael Hensel, Achim Menges, Michael Weinstock

    Emergence - the process by which new and coherent structures, patterns and properties ‘emerge’ from within complex systems Traditional architecture starts from the premise that architectural structures are singular and fixed, and however well integrated are separate from their environment and...

    Published January 25th 2010 by Routledge

  21. The Sacred In-Between: The Mediating Roles of Architecture

    By Thomas Barrie

    The sacred place was, and still is, an intermediate zone created in the belief that it has the ability to co-join the religious aspirants to their gods. An essential means of understanding this sacred architecture is through the recognition of its role as an ‘in-between’ place. Establishing the...

    Published March 28th 2010 by Routledge

  22. The Humanities in Architectural Design

    A Contemporary and Historical Perspective

    Edited by Soumyen Bandyopadhyay, Jane Lomholt, Nicholas Temple, Renée Tobe

    Offering an in-depth consideration of the impact which humanities have had on the processes of architecture and design, this book asks how we can restore the traditional dialogue between intellectual enquiry in the humanities and design creativity. Written by leading academics in the...

    Published February 11th 2010 by Routledge

  23. Third World Modernism

    Architecture, Development and Identity

    Edited by Duanfang Lu

    This set of essays brings together studies that challenge interpretations of the development of modernist architecture in Third World countries during the Cold War. The topics look at modernism’s part in the transnational development of building technologies and the construction of national and...

    Published October 31st 2010 by Routledge