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Finally, I found an architect's reference book which did not read like a manual!
A highly important design book
"In the same way current thinkers and writers stand on the shoulders of literary giants before them, designers are also deeply indebted to the long-gone geniuses"
Just What Architecture Ordered
"Architects, Builders, Designers and Homeowners: if you are thinking about and/or are designing buildings...GET THIS BOOK! no longer taught in architecture school... a great pocket reference in how to create a building that will last... It is the first in a series, so I cannot wait to see more!"
Shannon Scarlett, a registered architect, has worked for thirty years in the Boston area. Her practice focuses primarily on residential projects, additions, renovations, new house plans... Ms. Scarlett believes it is imperative that architects take a leading role in helping educate the general public--especially those interested in good design, but having no idea where to begin, be it homeowners, builders, or architecture students. It is only a first step, but knowledge itself has great potential for improving the aesthetics, meaning and overall feel of our currently uninspired living environments. on the Simple Rules book page she posed a question, and would love to hear peoples thoughts. "what are your thoughts on the design quality of the average American home?" As author of Simple Rules, my opinion is already clear. I believe we can do better, but we need the tools to get there. I'd love to hear what other avenues people might suggest we take to improve the suburban experience. Check it out if you are thinking about or in the process of building a new house; drafting or drawing your own house plans; if you are a carpenter or house plan designer looking for an easy to use builder design guide; or if you have a general interest in house design and architecture.
interesting concepts presented in a quick, easy to read format. I learned why architects do certain things they do and why when the "laws" are broken the results just... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Gene Bowker
I expected a book on building construction. Instead, I held in my hand a quite readable book with the rare merging of art and science. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Rocky Rhodes
As an author, I'm always on the look out for excellent reference materials. This book is one of the few which have been written precise, informative but quite entertaining. Read morePublished 24 months ago by leyse922
The author not only explain the construction process and materials involved, but also provide the (building) scientific context for many of the typically encountered assemblies in... Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by MaryAnn
Boston-based architect Shannon Scarlett has written something that I believe will influence current and future designers. Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Meghan