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Recent Textbooks Articles

  1. Renewable Energy Resources

    3rd Edition
    By John Twidell and Tony Weir

    Renewable Energy Resources is a numerate and quantitative text covering the full range of renewable energy technologies and their implementation worldwide. Energy supplies from renewables (such as from biofuels, solar heat, photovoltaics, wind, hydro, wave, tidal, geothermal, and ocean-thermal) are essential components of every nation’s energy strategy, not least because of concerns for the local and global environment, for energy security and for sustainability.  Read more...

  2. The Science behind Murphy’s Laws and Contract Administration

    Read our interview with Charles W. Cook, author of Successful Contract Administration, as he discusses the book and offers some words of wisdom regarding successful contract administrators. 

  3. Simon Unwin on his Approach to Writing About Architecture

    Simon Unwin’s Twenty-Five Buildings Every Architect Should Understand is just published, and now he is analyzing the The Ten Most Influential Buildings in History.  Learn more about Simon and his work at http://simonunwin.com/

  4. Interview with Philip Plowright, author of ‘Revealing Architectural Design’

    In our exclusive interview, Philip Plowright, author of Revealing Architectural Design, discusses his book's significance to the design aspect of architecture.  Revealing Architectural Design is an advanced primer useful to anyone interested in increasing the quality of their architectural design proposals through understanding the conceptual tools used to achieve that process.

  5. How government policy impacts upon the built environment

    Read Ernie Jowsey's blog post on government and the built environment.  Jowsey is the author of  Real Estate Concepts: A Handbook which provides built environment students with an easy to use guide to the essential concepts they need to understand in order to succeed in their university courses and future professional careers.

  6. Designing Sustainability: Making radical changes in a material world

    Check out author Stuart Walker's blog post on his new book, Designing Sustainability.

    Learn more about Stuart by visiting these sites: http://stuartwalker.org.uk/ and http://www.imagination.lancaster.ac.uk/people/Stuart_Walker

  7. Sustainable Fashion and Textiles

    5 Minutes with Kate Fletcher

    "I'm not sure I can ever remember not being engaged with fashion nor sustainability. Growing up in a family of community activists in inner city Liverpool in the bleak years of Margaret Thatcher’s Britain, it was impossible to avoid direct experience of the necessity of change. As was (for me at any rate), the practice of making clothes."

  8. Analysing Architecture, 4e

    Simon Unwin Chats with Routledge about the 4th Edition of Analysing Architecture

    "Traditional Japanese creativity has the concept of 'kaizen' or 'endless improvement', which recognises that although perfection might always be out of reach, things can be made better, gradually, bit by bit."

  9. Urban Smellscapes

    Olfactory Architectures

    Smell is a sense most architects have engaged with at some point in their work: whether designing a house, a residential care home or the industrial kitchen for a commercial restaurant, the ventilation of rooms and removal of strong and potentially unpleasant odours is a well-rehearsed practice. Yet in addition to the annoying smells, olfaction also offers many opportunities that have traditionally been overlooked, and it’s not just in architecture but right across the built environment professions.

  10. Understanding Housing Defects: 4th Edition

    Understanding Housing Defects provides a concise, coherent and comprehensive introduction to the causes, investigation and diagnosis of defects in domestic buildings. For this new edition, many of the chapters have been substantially updated and new photographs have been added. Click here to learn more.

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