Book reviews

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  • Book review: Media-ICT

    Media-ICT offers great details on the Media-TIC building and its smart ETFE façade.

  • The Vertical Garden

    Writing the history of a new trend in landscape design with one of the pioneers.

  • Cover image of Jennifer Siegel's book “More Mobile: Portable Architecture for Today."

    "More Mobile: Portable Architecture for Today"

    In “More Mobile: Portable Architecture for Today" presents a wide range of portable, adaptable and sustainable structures that can be used for today’s nomads.

  • Book review: Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals

    Manufacturing Processes for Design Professionals aims to restore the balance with a hands-on approach to design and production.

  • Book review: Architectural Graphic Standards

    All new forms and content make the architectural reference practical and helpful, especially with its metrics for assessing sustainable design options.

  • Light Structures-Structures of Light

    This 2nd edition of Horst Berger's latest book will be highly valued by design professionals, teachers and students as it follows the first edition in its format, contents and clarity.

  • Shigeru Ban

    We typically think of architects designing large, permanent structures, immobile and immensely expensive. However, a young generation of designers, led by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, has begun to invert our expectations of what architects do, focusing instead on small, temporary structures, light in weight and largely made of recycled or reusable materials.

  • Transportable environments 2

    R. Buckminster Fuller once said that there are two types of people; those that "stay put" and the others who "just keep on moving West." Transportable Environments 2 is most definitely concerned with the architecture of the latter.

  • Werner Sobek—Art of Engineering

    In his new book, Werner Sobek—Art of Engineering author Werner Blaser introduces us to the remarkable professional career and teaching philosophy of the man at the helm of the study of lightweight structures a the Institute for Lightweight Structures in Stuttgart, Germany.

  • Strategies for working with codes

    Sponsored by IFAI Information Central

    Whether your designs include awnings, canopies or fabric structures, you’ve no doubt noticed that the building code environment has become more complex in recent years. Pulling a permit can be a bureaucratic nightmare, but the hard fact is, either you’re dealing with building code issues now, or you will be in the near future. There are no easy answers when it comes to building codes and fabric architecture, but here are some strategies that might make it easier:
    - The IBC is the most relevant code in the United States to fabric structures and commercial awnings and canopies. But familiarizing yourself with the state and local code specifics is equally important.
    - When installing, make sure that no corners are cut and that all subs are following code. In the long run it will be worth it.
    - Know the product: It’s essential to know the structural capabilities of the fabrics and elements involved in your design. Have all materials tested by an engineer familiar with fabric work.
    - Keep code officials close: Have a person in your office whose focus is to know the area codes, the officials and their requirements vis-à-vis fabric use.
    - NFPA 701 is one of the most commonly cited U.S. flammability standards in the specialty fabrics industry.
    - CSFM is revising its textile flammability requirements. Contact them directly to determine what is current.