martes, 20 de noviembre de 2018

#books #architecture | Treehouse living : 50 innovative designs

Treehouse living : 50 innovative designs / Alain Laurens, Daniel Dufour, Ghislain André ; photographs by Vincent Thfoin ; preface by Yann Arthus-Bertrand.
New York : Abrams, 2007.
215 p. : il.
ISBN 9780810995192

Casas de campo.
Casas de madera.
Construcción de madera.
Sbc Aprendizaje A-728.7 TRE

Following the amazing success of "Treehouses of the World", "Treehouse Living" looks upward once again into the canopy to present new directions in treehouse design. Over 300 beautiful colour photographs and illustrations explore the many possibilities of truly living in nature, from very refined, comfortable structures, to the more rustic treehouses that seem to vanish into the foliage, to the utter simplicity of a comfy bed nestled into a tree. Perhaps most amazingly, all of the treehouses shown are 100 per cent eco-friendly: no nails were hammered into trunks and no branches were cut. A unique source of inspiration for any parent and child looking for new treehouse ideas, "Treehouse Living" is also perfect for anyone interested in architecture and how perfectly we can live harmoniously with nature.

lunes, 19 de noviembre de 2018

#books #architecture | Exceptional treehouse

Exceptional treehouse / Alain Laurens, Daniel Dufour, Ghislain André, and La Cabane Perchée ; photographs by Jacques Delacroix.
New York : Abrams, 2009.
223 p. : il
ISBN 9780810980488

Casas de campo.
Casas de madera.
Construcción de madera.
Sbc Aprendizaje A-728.7 EXC

In ‘Exceptional Treehouses’, author and treehouse builder Alain Laurens reveals 30 gorgeous treehouse structures, 25 of which are entirely new creations, all illustrated with Daniel Dufour’s beautiful watercolors as well as photographs by Jacques Delacroix, commissioned specially for this book. As in his first book, ‘Treehouse Living’, Laurens demonstrates his commitment to sustainable building and environmentalism with his designs, all executed with ecological ideals in mind. In 2000 Laurens started his company, La Cabane Perchée, to design and build treehouses around Europe. Each house takes into account the local environment, as well as the tree in which the structure stands, and the photographs show details of how the treehouses are constructed without driving nails into any part of the host tree. ‘Exceptional Treehouses’ is the perfect inspiration for treehouse lovers, eco-friendly architects, and enthusiastic amateurs.

domingo, 18 de noviembre de 2018

#libros #construccion | Construcción de estructuras de madera

Construcción de estructuras de madera / Pascual Urbán Brotóns.
Alicante : Editorial Club Universitario, 2012.
434 p.
ISBN 9788499486772

Construcción de madera.
Estructuras, Teoría de las.
Sbc Aprendizaje A-624.011 CON

En este libro se exponen los aspectos fundamentales de las propiedades de la madera y del comportamiento de los elementos estructurales construidos con la misma, tanto en madera tradicional o aserrada, como en madera laminada encolada, adaptado a: Eurocódigo 5.- Proyecto de estructuras de madera. Código Técnico de la Edificación (CTE), Seguridad Estructural Madera (SE-M). La estructuración se ha efectuado dedicando los primeros capítulos al estudio de la madera como material: su obtención, defectos, elementos destructores de la misma y su protección. Seguidamente, se describen y detallan las uniones carpinteras: ensambles tradicionales, empalmes y acoplamientos, uniones encoladas, etc. Posteriormente, se estudian las uniones mecánicas en las que se utilizan elementos auxiliares metálicos para conseguir la conexión entre las piezas. En los últimos capítulos se profundiza en el estudio de los elementos estructurales en los dos tipos de madera mencionados. Finalmente, se incluye un anexo gráfico con la colección de más de 400 detalles constructivos de uniones de los diferentes elementos que componen la estructura, tanto utilizando solamente la madera, como su unión con otros materiales estructurales tales como el hormigón y el acero.

sábado, 17 de noviembre de 2018

#books #architecture | Tree houses : fairy-tale castles in the air

Tree houses : fairy-tale castles in the air / Philip Jodidio ; ilustrations by Patrick Hruby.
Cologne : Taschen, 2012
351 p. il.
ISBN 9783836526654

Arquitectura Aspecto del medio ambiente
Arquitectura sostenible
Casas de campo.
Casas de madera.
Construcción de madera.
Sbc Aprendizaje A-728.7 TRE

The idea of climbing a tree for shelter, or just to see the earth from another perspective, is surely as old as humanity. Tree houses are chronicled in ancient civilizations and their lore crosses through the history of every part of the world where trees grow. This stunningly-illustrated study offers a tour of the best tree houses in the world, some designed by architects, others the work of unknown craftsmen. A tea house, a restaurant, a hotel, a playhouse for children, or a perch from which to contemplate life—the tree house can take as many forms as the imagination can offer. In times of concern for sustainability and ecological responsibility, the tree house may also be the ultimate symbol of life in symbiosis with nature. Whether rustic or contemporary in style, tree houses make the most of space. Climb into this trove of tree houses and enjoy a new perspective on the world.

viernes, 16 de noviembre de 2018

#books #architecture | Wood houses : spaces for contemporary living and working

Wood houses : spaces for contemporary living and working / Dominique Gauzin-Müller ; translation from French, Kayvan Rouhani.
Basel ; Berlín : Birkhäuser, 2004.
159 p. : il.
ISBN 9783764370770

Arquitectura doméstica.
Casas de madera.
Casas individuales.
Construcción de madera.
Sbc Aprendizaje A-728.3 WOO

This volume documents in full technical detail 25 timber buildings in three main areas: residential buildings, holiday homes, and living and working. The individual projects cover a large spectrum of sizes, budgets, and types of construction, and they also show wood in combination with such materials as stone, concrete, and steel.

jueves, 15 de noviembre de 2018

#books #architecture | New wood architecture in Scandinavia

Neue Holzarchitektur in Skandinavien = New wood architecture in Scandinavia / Christoph Affentranger.
Basel : Birkhäuser, 1997.
240 p. : il. color y n., planos
ISBN 9783764354589

Arquitectura Siglo XX Escandinavia.
Casas de madera Escandinavia.
Construcción de madera.
Sbc Aprendizaje A-728.6 NEU

A book from the German publisher Birkhäuser, ‘New Wood Architecture in Scandinavia’ provides a comprehensive overview of the use of timber in construction throughout the five Scandinavian countries. While the book was published almost twenty years ago, it heavily focuses on the history of timber use and, thus, the perspective that it offers has not been supplanted by the intervening years. Christopher Affentrager has a commanding expertise in this field, and his book is extremely well constructed.

‘New Wood Architecture’ is comprised of an introduction and five sections, one each for the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The sections contain case studies on various projects from those countries that showcase timber usage that Affentranger believes to be of note. Each section is prefaced by a short essay that goes into the details of timber within the context of Scandinavia, providing a wealth of information on the history, techniques and design philosophies that are inherent to wood in those northern countries.

The first essay examines the current state of wood use in Scandinavian architecture, going into the two different poles on the spectrum of tradition vs. high technology. This general overview precedes the section on Denmark, which is one of the two smallest sections, containing only two buildings. The reason for this is fairly evident once pointed out; Denmark is a country that no longer has many trees on it, and so their building traditions have tended more towards brick since the end of the 18th century.

The second essay looks at the mystical history of wood as a part of Scandinavia and how it has interacted with the countries on a cultural level. As a material with such a long history of use, dating all the way back to the beginnings of human history in the area, there is a powerful cultural significance to timber as a structural form. The second of the countries to be examined is Finland, which has a much larger history of wood use than Denmark and, thus, has triple the inclusions in ‘New Wood Architecture’ than Denmark. These case studies range from the extremely simple constructions such as the summer home in Ararat “At the End of the World” (68), a weekend house built by a coalition of farmers, to the larger public commissions as in the Finish Forestry Museum (76), to even the art project of The Birth of Light (92), a tiny room in the middle of the forest that questions the meaning of space.

The subject of the third essay is the different ways in which wood has been joined in the Scandinavian countries, going from the various historical methods to the modern techniques. The following country, Iceland, is similarly to Denmark, a country in which timber constructions might not be thought to have been typical of its history, but there are a number of interesting examples, particularly due to the historical contacts with Norway and Denmark and the transport of large quantities of wood to Iceland since the 9th century.

The fourth essay is on the different ways that the Scandinavian countries have reacted to the modern industrialisation of the timber industry and created their own particular styles and traditions. Norway is the country of origin for the case studies that follow the essay, and is particularly important to the context of timber design in the Scandinavian countries due to the influence that it has had on the others, particularly Iceland and Denmark, through the Viking sailors that originated from it. One of the projects that is included in this section is thus particularly appropriate — the stadium built for the XVII Olympic Winter Games, shaped in the form of an upturned Viking longboat (142). This building, in addition to its unique shape, was at the time of its construction the widest glued-beam roof in the world. Another project that calls directly to the history of Norway is the Sami Region Centre (168), located above the polar circle.

The final essay looks at the conflicts between architectural movements, specifically modernism and regionalism. This particular debate has been on-going for many years, but the comparatively-recent development of engineered wood products and the corresponding changes in building code regulations has seen it become even more relevant. The inclusions in Sweden’s section are residential, with three being single-family residences and only one a multi-family residence.

The case studies from the five sections are not the only buildings that are mentioned in ‘New Wood Architecture’; there are 71 other building that are alluded to or mentioned briefly. As such, Affentranger includes a very brief explanation of each of these buildings at the end of the book, touching on the major points of the project.

‘New Wood Architecture in Scandinavia’ provides an in-depth view of timber construction throughout the Scandinavian countries in the later years of the twentieth century, a highly influential period when it comes to the modern era and the proliferation of engineered wood and mass timber.

miércoles, 14 de noviembre de 2018

#libros #urbanismo | Grandes calles

Grandes calles / Allan B. Jacobs ; traducción: Gabinete de traducción Babel Santander.
Santander : Universidad de Cantabria ; Madrid : Colegio de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos, 1996.
340 p. : il. / Bibliogr. 330-335
ISBN 9788481021196 / 9788438001042
Serie: Colección de ciencias, humanidades e ingeniería ; 53

Calles Diseño.
Urbanismo Historia.
Sbc Aprendizaje A-711.7 GRA

¿Cuáles son las mejores calles del mundo y cuáles las características de su diseño que las hacen excelentes? Para contestar estas preguntas, Jacobs encuestó a usuarios y profesionales y estudió gran cantidad de calles y espacios urbanos. En el libro, con más de 200 ilustraciones del autor, se examinan con detalle 15 calles de excepcional calidad, como las medievales de Roma o los bulevares de París. También algunas cuya brillantez ha decaído, analizando las causas de su deterioro. Incluye análisis más breves de otra treintena de calles de todo el mundo, incluyendo plantas y secciones a la misma escala, para facilitar las comparaciones.

martes, 13 de noviembre de 2018

#books #townplanning | The boulevard book : history, evolution, design of multiway boulevards

The boulevard book : history, evolution, design of multiway boulevards / Allan B. Jacobs, Elizabeth Macdonald, and Yodan Rofé.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2002.
x, 157 p. : Il. bl. y n.
ISBN 9780262100908

Calles Diseño.
Sbc Aprendizaje A-711.7 BOU

A celebration of the multiway boulevard and an argument for its revival, with design guidelines and historic examples. First built in Europe and grandly imported to the United States in the mid-nineteenth century, the classic multiway boulevard has been in decline for many years, victim of a narrowly focused approach to street design that views unencumbered vehicular traffic flow as the highest priority. The American preoccupation with destination and speed has made multiway boulevards increasingly rare as artifacts of the urban landscape. This book reintroduces the boulevard, tree-lined and with separate realms for through traffic and for slow-paced vehicular-pedestrian movement, as an important and often crucial feature of both historic and contemporary cities. It presents more than fifty boulevards—as varied as Avenue Montaigne, in Paris; C. G. Road, in Ahmedabad, India; and The Esplanade, in Chico, California—celebrating their usefulness and beauty. It discusses their history and evolution, the misconceptions that led to their near-demise in the United States, and their potential as a modern street type. Based on wide research, ‘The Boulevard Book’ examines the safety of these streets and offers design guidelines for professionals, scholars, and community decision makers. Extensive plans, cross sections, and perspective drawings permit visual comparisons. The book shows how multiway boulevards respond to many issues that are central to urban life, including livability, mobility, safety, interest, economic opportunity, mass transit, and open space.