Architectural Design Portable Handbook

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Architect's Portable Handbook by Pat Guthrie initiated the Portable Handbook series and has been very successful. It is essentially a technical guide - organized by CSI MasterFormat, it covers key code and standard information for building elements such as roofs and walls and key materials such as wood, concrete, and steel. Architect's Portable Design Handbook, by contrast, puts this essential information into context. It shows the architect how to work with clients, compile information, evaluate the site, explore design alternatives, evaluate user needs, work with CAD and other programs, integrate other engineering disciplines such as HVAC into a design, and make presentations. Together, these two invaluable guides are all that the architect needs to do architecture.

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"Pressman has managed to get to the core issues that relate to design, whether in an architecture school or a professional office" (Ed Allen, Yale School of Architecture faculty, bestselling Wiley author of Fundamentals of Building Construction); "I'd love to have this resource available to all my interns as a primer to making the transition from academia to the real world" (Norman Rosenfeld, FAIA, principal of award-winning New York firm specializing in healthcare and commercial projects)

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A guide to creating meaningful architectural form, Architectural Design Portable Handbook grounds design in the real world. It summarizes, synthesizes, and systematizes the core tasks of design, integrating key information into a working context to facilitate optimal design solutions. Inside you'll find expert, time- and error-sparing coverage of:

-Core issues of design

-Working with clients-Site analysis

-User-needs evaluation

-Information compilation

-Concept development

-Exploring design alternatives

-Computing and design

-Presentations

For seasoned practitioners, those first entering the field, and students alike, this unique design guide from noted architect Andy Pressman is likely to become a beloved tool. Accessible, useful, and full of value-added features such as quick tips and case studies, quotes from leading architects, checklists, and a customizable layout that encourages you to add your own helpful notes and reminders, Architectural Design Portable Handbook is a gift for architects to give themselves.

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