This book provides, in a single text, the tools for students to be able to evaluate such buildings, as well as an extensive understanding of the mechanisms which cause their deterioration and knowledge of the technologies available to correct their status. The ever higher standards set for buildings, especially in energy conservation contexts, demand that practitioners appreciate how the performance of existing structures can be enhanced, which is also covered.
Considering the work of conservation within a holistic perspective and historical context, this book is additionally invaluable for architecture and construction students.
Collins Need to Know? How to Read a Building shows you how to analyse and interpret architectural features with confidence.
Have you ever wanted to be able to tell the difference between tudor and mock-tudor? Want to learn what components make a building gothic? Ever wondered what has influenced how our towns and cities were built? Want to understand the major traditions of architecture?
Collins Need to Know? How to Read a Building takes the reader through the process of learning more about the built environment. Starting with the basics of analysing the home, then moving onto looking at public buildings and larger and more well-known structures, Timothy Brittain-Catlin shows the reader how features are inherited and copied, as well as adapted with each new generation.
Whether you live in a small flat or detached house, you can find traces of architectural history - and learn to interpret the features you see and put them into the wider context of your surroundings. This book will help you start to uncover fascinating aspects of architectural style and history from the buildings you pass every day.
Introduction: Architecture is for everyone
Chapter 1: The elements of architecture
Chapter 2: The Classical tradition
Chapter 3: The Gothic tradition
Chapter 4: The Nineteenth century
Chapter 5: Architecture since 1900
Chapter 6: Thinking Architecturally
Also contains comprehensive glossary of terms and quick reference ID guides.
By way of introduction, the ancient and historical lifestyles that dictated the nature of traditional construction are explored, before focussing on its health and ecological benefits. As well as cultural background, this book includes a detailed scientific description of traditional building materials and their constituents which draws a sharp contrast with modern petrochemical-based materials. The studies of traditional buildings included reveal the sustainability of features such as natural ventilation and breathing walls, and comparisons with modern construction methods show how they could prevent 'sick building syndrome'. The author argues that maintenance for long life, by contrast with the modern concept of life-cycle costing, is at the nub of sustainability and underlies the contribution traditional building construction can make to tackling climate change.
Over 250 original photos, and over fifty bespoke diagrams illustrate the features, techniques, and characteristics of traditional construction that could make such a valuable contribution to the industry today. The inclusion of a close study of how these methods relate to British building regulations makes this book a practical guide for construction professionals, as well as an authoritative resource for students and policy-makers.