Dictionary of Architecture and Construction

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9780071351782: Dictionary of Architecture and Construction

The most comprehensive architecture/construction dictionary available.

For the broadest possible coverage of terms that make up the basic language of architecture and construction, look no further than Dictionary of Architecture & Construction, Third Edition. Extensively revised, updated, and expanded by editor Cyril M. Harris, 50 expert contributors, and 20 key associations, this classic, the only dictionary comprehensive and inclusive enough to serve the needs of contractors as well as architects, covers terms in over 80 working areas: terms found in drawings and in specifications...building products and materials, and terms dealing with their design, appearance, performance,installation, and testing...definitions of finishes, coatings and surfacings...types of units, assemblies, systems and modules....tools, devices, machines, and construction equipment,and much more. Featuring enhanced page design for easier reading, this edition now provides you with:

  • 25,000 definitions in clear, concise language
  • Over 2,000 illustrations
  • Full coverage of new technologies and new building materials
  • Greater emphasis on conservation, preservation, and restoration terms, reflecting their increased importance in the field

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Revised, updated, and expanded, this comprehensive new edition of the most definitive reference in architecture brings you the broadest possible coverage of the language of architecture and construction. Special care has been taken to include the latest terms from preservation, new technologies, techniques, materials, and trends. This classic dictionary now features 25,000 definitions, 2,200 illustrations, enhanced page design for easier reading, and higher quality paper stock for better illustration reproduction and greater durability. Prepared by a renowned architectural editor in association with 52 expert contributors and incorporating the work of many standards groups, the book presents clear, concise definitions of terms in nearly 80 working areas.

About the Author:

CYRIL M. HARRIS, one of the world's leading authorities on shock, vibration, and noise control, currently lectures at Columbia University where is is the Charles Batchelor Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Professor Emeritus of Architecture. Dr. Harris has received many honors for his scientific and engineering achievements, including membership in both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. He has been the recipient of the Gold Medal and the Sabine Medal of the Acoustical Society of America, the Franklin Medal of the Franklin Institute, the Gold Medal of the Audio Engineering Society, and the A.I.A. Medal of the American Institute of Architects.

He received his Ph.D. degree in Physics from M.I.T. and has been awarded honorary doctorates by Northwestern University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Among books written or edited by Dr. Harris are the following McGraw-Hill publications: HANDBOOK OF ACOUSTICAL MEASUREMENTS AND NOISE CONTROL, Third Edition (1991); NOISE CONTROL IN BUILDINGS (1994); DICTIONARY OF ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION, Third Edition (2000); and HANDBOOK OF UTILITIES AND SERVICES FOR BUILDINGS (1990.

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