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Light Spaces. Designing and Constructing with Plasterboard
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ISBN: 9783035611120 9783035609073 9783035608878 9783035611113 3035611122 Year: 2016 Publisher: Heidelberg Birkhäuser Verlag AG

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The building physics and comfort-relevant properties of gypsum drywall construction make it a particularly sustainable and versatile construction method. The book links the great architectural and sculptural potential of this building method with its construction requirements. Its focus is on the diversity of the system, its specific prerequisites, and its systematic implementation in design ideas. The space concept and elements in existing and new buildings are analyzed, and their implementation illustrated in detail. In addition, numerous examples of details and building components explain the effect of light, color, material, surface, and construction. Drawings at different scales illustrate the tectonic relationships in space.

Da Vinci’s bridge in ice
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Year: 2016 Publisher: Eindhoven Pronk, Arno

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The starting point for the design of the bridge in ice is based on a design made by Leonardo Da Vinci. The original design from the 16th century was designed to span the Golden Horn in Istanbul. This design would have had a span of 240 metres and a width of 24 metres. The bridge would have had the largest span at that time, if the sultan of Turkey had approved the design. This design was the inspiration for this project, a bridge consisting of ice with the largest span until now. Arno Pronk and two master students (Roel Koekkoek and Thijs van de Nieuwenhof) started this project in continuation of the previous ice-building projects (Sagrada Familia in Ice 2015 and the Pykrete dome 2014). Accompanied by a group of master students from Eindhoven University of Technology, the project team worked on this project in collaboration with the structural ice association, the municipality of Juuka and more than 15 international universities and local volunteers in Finland.

Light earth building : a handbook for building with wood and earth
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ISBN: 9783035606348 303560634X 9783035606454 3035606455 Year: 2015 Publisher: Basel : Birkhäuser,

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"Over the last 30 years, interest has grown in using clay as an environmentally friendly building material that has proved its ideal sustainability for centuries. Light earth constructions, where a wooden framework or timber-framed walls are infilled with clay and fiber material, have extraordinarily solid, structural characteristics. Earth constructions are no longer considered exotic today, which, in part, is due to this standard work. The publication presents the use of this 'old' building material comprehensively and modernly, and contains many practical tips about simplifying designs as well as using prefabricated clay materials in the contemporary construction process. The selected project examples show the diversity of this building material, and the self-build projects demonstrate the beauty of working with lightweight earth using your own hands. The book is aimed at builders, architects and engineers, producers and artisans, as well as self-builders."


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Arquitectura vegetal : estrategias materiales
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ISBN: 9788494917813 8494917811 Year: 2018 Publisher: Madrid Asimétricas

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Laugier summarized the origin of architecture with a tree structure and Semper identified in the woven leaves of a Caribbean hut’s enclosure one of the essential elements of inhabitation. Plants have been part of architecture from its very origin and they are to be found in several building traditions that are now being incorporated into contemporary practice to profit from their thermal qualities, their availability and their low environmental footprint. The vernacular lessons of Swedish stugas and Asturian teitos have common principles with the green roofs such as those at the California Academy of Sciences, by Renzo Piano, which allow to replace air-conditioning by natural ventilation to a great extent; further, the enclosures of woven reed and cane of Iraqi mudhifs or Peruvian quinchas have evolved into more sophisticated facades of pressed straw or algae, as in the SolarLeaf project in Hamburg (Germany), by Arup; finally, the South Asian tradition of hanging bridges made out of aerial roots has been up-dated by Baubotanik, the German research group which designs load-bearing structures with living trees. From vernacular tradition to contemporary innovation, this book explores the theoretical and technical implications of the role played by plants in the configuration of inhabited space.


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Light spaces
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ISBN: 9783035611120 9783035609073 9783035608878 9783035611113 3035611122 3035609071 Year: 2016 Publisher: Basel : Birkhäuser,

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The building physics and comfort-relevant properties of gypsum drywall construction make it a particularly sustainable and versatile construction method. The book links the great architectural and sculptural potential of this building method with its construction requirements. Its focus is on the diversity of the system, its specific prerequisites, and its systematic implementation in design ideas. The space concept and elements in existing and new buildings are analyzed, and their implementation illustrated in detail. In addition, numerous examples of details and building components explain the effect of light, color, material, surface, and construction. Drawings at different scales illustrate the tectonic relationships in space.


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Nonconventional and vernacular construction materials : characterisation, properties and applications
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ISBN: 0081000553 0081008716 9780081008713 9780081000557 Year: 2016 Publisher: Amsterdam Elsevier

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Nonconventional and Vernacular Construction Materials: Characterisation, Properties and Applications provides a comprehensive repository of information on materials science and the modern structural engineering application of ancient, vernacular, and nonconventional building materials, with leading experts contributing chapters that focus on current applications and the engineering of these construction materials. Opening with a historic retrospective of nonconventional materials, Part One includes a review of vernacular construction and a discussion of the future directions for nonconventional and vernacular materials research and applications. Chapters in Part Two focus on natural fibers, including their application in cementitious composites, non-cementitious composites, and strawbale construction. In Part Three, chapters cover the use of industrial by-products and natural ashes in cement mortar and concrete, and construction using soil-cement blocks, clay-based materials, adobe and earthen materials, and ancient stone masonry. Timber, bamboo, and paper construction materials are investigated in the final section of the book.


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Light earth building : a handbook for building with wood and earth
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ISBN: 9783035606454 3035606455 303560634X 9783035606348 3035606463 Year: 2016 Publisher: Basel, Switzerland : Birkhäuser,

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"Over the last 30 years, interest has grown in using clay as an environmentally friendly building material that has proved its ideal sustainability for centuries. Light earth constructions, where a wooden framework or timber-framed walls are infilled with clay and fiber material, have extraordinarily solid, structural characteristics. Earth constructions are no longer considered exotic today, which, in part, is due to this standard work. The publication presents the use of this 'old' building material comprehensively and modernly, and contains many practical tips about simplifying designs as well as using prefabricated clay materials in the contemporary construction process. The selected project examples show the diversity of this building material, and the self-build projects demonstrate the beauty of working with lightweight earth using your own hands. The book is aimed at builders, architects and engineers, producers and artisans, as well as self-builders."


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Insulating materials : principles, material, applications
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ISBN: 9783764386542 Year: 2008 Publisher: Basel : Edition Detail,

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Bamboo gridshells
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ISBN: 9781138795563 1138795569 Year: 2015 Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge,

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This highly illustrated text brings together two areas which have both grown in popularity in recent years: gridshells and bamboo. Bamboo is a fast-growing, naturally available, renewable resource which is quite strong and lends itself to structural applications. In this unique text, David Rockwood demonstrates the viability of bamboo as a building material and considers the advantages - as well as the challenges - of working with bamboo. Its properties, workability, connections, assembly, erection processes, structural behavior, and final use are explored in detail through a series of design-build experiments and case studies from Hawai'i and Vietnam.


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Sudu
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ISBN: 9783944074115 3944074114 Year: 2015 Publisher: Berlin : Ruby Press,

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"SUDU -- the Sustainable Urban Dwelling Unit -- is a full-scale prototype for an affordable two-story house built with local materials and traditional building techniques in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. Developed in a collaborative endeavor between the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development and ETH Zurich, SUDU ties in with the rich tradition of loam construction while at the same time taking a fresh look at how to adapt this tradition to contemporary needs. The first volume additionally explores the history of Ethiopian architecture, the postcolonial nature of its current construction industry, and the challenges of the country's rapid urbanization. The second volume, a manual with more than 600 detailed drawings and instructions, demonstrates how to build a house, step-by-step, with the most readily available building material -- earth"--Page 4, cover.

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