Archive for the 'environmental design' Category

Universal Design for the Home

Friday, September 19, 2008

By Wendy A. Jordan

Universal Design (UD) is coming of age. Once a home design specialty that was little known, of limited interest, and a source of embarrassment more than pride, it is attracting widespread media attention and taking on (as befits its name) almost universal appeal—and with good reason. The concept emerged years ago out of the need to make homes safe and accessible for the elderly, the handicapped and the very young. Some of the design options were good-looking, but others seemed institutional. Today, there are so many stylish, beautiful, good-sense universal-design options that choosing them has become a “why not?” rather than a “why?” decision.

Universal Design for the Home features a blend of beautiful projects, creative ideas, and substantive planning information. Highly visual, the book features projects showing room contexts, as well as detail shots. The mix of projects encompasses small and large houses; one-story and multi-story houses; and ideas for general accessibility and comfort as well as some targeted more directly at handicap accessibility. There is an emphasis on remodeled projects, but new homes designed with an eye toward accessibility—present and future—are included as well. Chapters cover the spectrum of accessible home planning, from room arrangements to kitchens, baths, entries, and exterior areas. The book displays fresh, inspiring design ideas as well as must-have, good-sense solutions, such as wider doorways. Basic specifications, how-to tips, and other technical content are featured throughout the book in easy-to-find boxes and sidebars. (Description from Call number: NA2547 .J56 2008

The Elements of Style

Friday, September 19, 2008

By Stephen Calloway

An easy-to-use reference to 500 years of architectural details and styles — a comprehensive visual survey, period-by-period, of the styles that affected American and British architecture. Includes detailed drawings. (Description from Call number: NA2850 .E445 2005

Architectural Graphics

Friday, September 19, 2008

By DK Ching

The updated edition of the architectural graphics bestseller-more than 500, 000 copies sold

Architectural Graphics presents the essential drawing tools, principles, and techniques designers use to communicate architectural ideas. In this Fourth Edition, Francis D.K. Ching expands upon the wealth of illustrations and instruction that have made this book a classic and expertly guides readers through the subtleties of translating architectural ideas into effective visual representations. In this up-to-date edition, Ching presents ways to use his unparalleled approaches on the computer.

Readers learn Ching’s renowned methods through:

  • Expanded and updated coverage of multiview drawings, paraline drawings, and perspective drawings
  • Techniques for drawing section views of building interiors
  • Methods for creating perspectives and accurate shade and shadows
  • Freehand sketching and diagramming
  • And much more

Clearly and beautifully, Architectural Graphics, Fourth Edition presents the complexity of architectural concepts in an intuitive graphic manner that benefits the professional and enthusiast alike. (Description from Call number: NA2700 .C46 2002

Concrete Countertops: Desighm, Forms, and Finishes

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

By Fu Tung Cheng and Eric Olsen

In 1985, California architect Fu-Tung Cheng, a recipient of the Stellar Award from the American Society of Interior Designers, was given full creative control but only a modest budget to renovate a professor’s home. Instead of using a conventional grouted plywood base for the kitchen sink and countertop, he opted for a concrete one. It turned out beautiful as well as functional. Since then, he has become internationally renowned for his custom-formed concrete designs finished to resemble marble, glass, or granite. This book illustrates every step of the process — from designing, forming, mixing, and pouring to coloring, troweling, in-laying, curing, and finishing.(Description from Call number: TT197.5.C68 C49 2002

Green Building: Your Edge in the Home Building Marketplace

Friday, August 1, 2008

By David R. Johnston, Marc Richmond, and R. David Bierman

Call Number: TH4860 .W43 2006

This video version of David Johnston’s acclaimed seminar provides practical information about building in ways that are energy-conscious, healthy and environmentally responsible. Covers: energy efficiency, resource conservation, indoor air quality, and mold and moisture management.

What’s Working was founded by David Johnston, coauthor with Kim Master of Green Remodeling: Changing the Room One World at a Time, which won a Nautilus 2005 award.

Design Studies: Theory and Research in Graphic Design

Friday, July 25, 2008

by Audrey Bennett

Call Number: NC997 .D449 2006

In an age of globalization and connectivity, the idea of “mainstream culture” has become quaint. Websites, magazines, books, and television have all honed in on ever-diversifying subcultures, hoping to carve out niche audiences that grow savvier and more narrowly sliced by the day. Consequently, the discipline of graphic design has undergone a sea change. Where visual communication was once informed by a designer’s creative intuition, the proliferation of specialized audiences now calls for more research-based design processes.

Designers who ignore research run the risk of becoming mere tools for communication rather than bold voices. Design Studies, a collection of 27 essays from an international cast of top design researchers, sets out to mend this schism between research and practice. The texts presented here make a strong argument for performing rigorous experimentation and analysis. Each author outlines methods in which research has aided their design whether by investigating how senior citizens react to design aesthetics, how hip hop culture can influence design, or how design for Third World nations is affected by cultural differences. Contributors also outline inspired ways in which design educators can teach research methods to their students. Finally, Design Studies is rounded out by five annotated bibliographies to further aid designers in their research. This comprehensive reader is the definitive reference for this new direction in graphic design, and an essential resource for both students and practitioners. (Description by

Contemporary World Interiors

Thursday, July 24, 2008

by Susan Yelavich

Call Number: NK2116 .Y45 2007

Similar in format to Phaidon’s Contemporary WorldArchitecture, Contemporary World Interiors is a thorough surveyof the current state of international interior design.This is a comprehensive survey of notable currents in interior architecture anddesign over the past 25 years, describing historical precedents and analyzing future directions.Contemporary World Interiors isexhaustive in scope, presenting some 450 projects on six continents incountries as diverse as China, Russia, the Czech Republic, Brail, Israel,Botswana, and South Korea, in addition to Japan, Western Europe, and theUnited States.More than 400 architects and designers are featured, fromworld-renowned figures such as John Pawson, Philippe Starck, Peter Marino,Marcel Wanders, and Zaha Hadid to rising stars such as the CampanaBrothers, LOT-EK, Lindy Roy, Italy’s UdA, and Japanese firms such as SANAAand Atelier Bow-Wow.Organized by category into 11 chapters, the book goesfar beyond the traditional emphasis on residences and commercial spaces,including religious interiors, performance halls and cultural centers,civic spaces, restaurants, hospitals, and therapeutic spaces, among others. Each chapter is heavily illustrated with color photographs and plans -over 1,000 total – all reproduced in a generous size.In its variety andscope, the book depicts the expanding vision and impact of the interiordesigner, product designer, decorator, and, of course, architect. Contemporary World Interiors illustrates the public’s growingfascination with, and investment in, the designed interior. (Description by

Moderne: Fashioning the French Interior

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

by Sarah Schleuning

Call Number: NK2049 .A1 S35 2008

Jacques- mile Ruhlmann, Pierre Chareau, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Charlotte Perriand, Eileen Gray: together these designers and their contemporaries pioneered the look of the modern French interior during the 1920s. Their use of sumptuous materials, rich jewel tones, intricate geometric patterns, and complex and varied textures has made this work a lasting favorite among interior designers, architects, and their clients. When it first appeared, the go t moderne, or modern taste, was marketed through limited-edition portfolios containing unbound drawings, printed in full color using a traditional process called pochoir. Created in an era before color photography, the vivid gouache and watercolor depictions of interior spaces—complete with coordinated furniture, carpets, fabrics, and decorative accessories—announced the dawn of a new era of French design and set the standards of luxury and taste that still guide us today.

Moderne presents the finest examples of this work in more than two hundred plates, selected by Sarah Schleuning, a curator of the Wolfsonian Museum, and faithfully reproduced to preserve their original color palettes. This sumptuous volume is comprehensive in scope, beginning with the early art moderne of Ruhlmann and concluding with the avant-garde work of Gray and Perriand. These and other high-water marks of the period are discussed in an essay by historian Jeremy Aynsley. Designers’ biographies and a brief bibliography are also included, making this an inspirational resource for interior designers and architects, and an indispensable reference for historians of the modern era. (Description by

DIY: Design It Yourself: A Design Brief

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

by Ellen Lupton

Call Number: NC997 .D59 2006

Not satisfied with the new T-shirts on sale at the local mall? Maybe you’d like a wedding invitation that expresses your own vision, not your party planner’s? How about some personalized stationery? An upgrade to your website? A business card? A poster for your political campaign? A CD package for your band? Sound good? Then get up off your couch and Design It Yourself! Avoid graphic identity theft: build your own. Ellen Lupton, bestselling author of Thinking with Type, will show you how.

DIY: Design It Yourself, provides you with all the tools you’ll need to create your own projects, from conception through production. Here you will find:
– simple ideas on how you can “think like a designer”
– clear and coherent explanations of design technologies, from silk-screening to web development
– what materials you’ll need to get your job done
– where to find and buy them
– how much time and experience your project demands
– diagrams that show how to handle complex tasks
– basic typographic dos and don’ts
– the history and theory of the DIY design movement
– hundreds of innovative and beautiful projects for inspiration

No more excuses. With this book, virtually any design task is within your grasp. Just do it (yourself)! (Description by

Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants

Monday, July 21, 2008

by C. Colston Burrell

Call Number SB439 .B877 2006

The biggest enemy of any garden is not a pest, disease, or poison—it’s any plant with tougher survival skills than the plants it competes with. The best way to weed out the invaders is with this fiendishly clever guide to native plants that can seek and destroy the top 100 most unwelcome perennials, grasses, vines, shrubs, and trees. While replacing the invaders, the beautiful, hardy native plants described here also attract native birds and butterflies, while turning away their own enemy invaders. Word-and-picture guides provide tips on care and maintenance, while helpful “at a glance” boxes depict shapes, sizes, best locations, and most attractive features of each native alternative. (Description by