Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture Reference - October 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Architecture Reference. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Perspective Made Easy (Dover Art Instruction)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture Reference - October 2021

Perspective, the author tells us, is easy; yet surprisingly few artists are aware of the simple rules that make it so. This easy-to-follow book — the first devoted entirely to clarifying the laws of perspective — remedies the situation. In it, the author uses over 250 simple line drawings to illustrate the concepts involved. Beginning with clear, concise, immediately applicable discussions of the horizon, vanishing point, and the crucial relationship of eye level to perspective drawing, you'll learn how to place figures and objects in a drawing, depict interiors, create shade and shadows, and achieve all the other elements necessary for a successful perspective drawing. By repeatedly stressing important points, Mr. Norling teaches you to make them second-nature. Moreover, his approach is so simple and direct that no matter how little raw talent or experience you have, you will soon be able to apply these techniques almost instinctively. Mastery of perspective is a basic skill every artist must have. This simple, nontechnical guide will enable you to master its essentials in a relatively short time. Clear and concise, this book is an essential addition to any artist's bookshelf.

  • Author: Ernest R. Norling
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 31537th edition (January 19, 1999)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-0486404738
  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches

                 

2. Ultimate Guide: Plumbing, Updated 5th Edition (Creative Homeowner) Beginner-Friendly Step-by-Step Projects, Comprehensive How-To Information, Code-Compliant Techniques for DIY, and Over 800 Photos


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture Reference - October 2021

Save money by making plumbing repairs and improvements yourself! Be your own plumber , save money, and add value to your home Over 800 photos take you through each step-by-step process Detailed diagrams help you understand plumbing systems and apply how-to instructions Learn plumbing skills , from fixing leaky faucets to soldering copper tubing like a pro Conserve resources with "Green Solutions" that go easy on the environment Install plumbing fixtures like sinks, faucets, bathtubs, showers, water softeners, lawns sprinklers, and more Learn how your home's plumbing system works so you can take action in an emergency No need to hire a plumber, especially in emergencies when you need an immediate fix! This updated and expanded edition of Creative Homeowner's comprehensive plumbing how-to book covers the most up-to-date products and techniques. From working with water piping or plastic piping and making toilet repairs to installing sinks, clearing drainpipes, maintaining water heaters, and so much more, this complete home plumbing guide will teach you everything you need to know to handle any plumbing task yourself. Strong emphasis is placed in the how-to information on doing things correctly, so all the projects use only the latest code-compliant techniques. Ultimate Guide: Plumbing, Updated 5th Edition prepares the do-it-yourselfer to handle any plumbing task in the home, with expert guidance for both major and minor DIY plumbing repairs and improvements—from unclogging a drain, replacing a washer in a leaky faucet, and installing plumbing fixtures to soldering copper, working with PEX tubing, and renovating a bathroom. It also gives an overview of a house's plumbing system, including supply, waste, and vent piping, and explains the basic physics that keep everything working well, so you will be able to take decisive action in case of emergencies. The updated 5th edition includes relevant Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and International Code Council (ICC) changes of new provisions and requirements for the most current code-compliant techniques. In addition to understanding how plumbing systems work and learning how to plan and complete each project, you'll also find detailed how-to, exploded diagrams, and tips on how to spot and improve outdated or dangerous techniques and materials in your home plumbing system. Updated for complete 2021 code compliance, including a new section on air gap fittings, this is a must-have for every homeowner! Learn basic plumbing skills, add value to your home by making plumbing fixture improvements, and save money by completing repairs yourself, with the most trusted and sought-after manual available on the subject, Ultimate Guide: Plumbing ! "An excellent and valuable resource for DIYers on plumbing with clear instructions, pictures, and drawings, to aid in tackling installation and repairs." —Dave Yates, Master Plumber, Columnist for Plumbing & Mechanical Magazine and PM Engineer Magazine "If you've ever been challenged by even the smallest home plumbing projects, this is the book for you. Detailed steps are provided for every type of project, from the smallest faucet repair to installing tubs and showers. Excellent photography shows the reader how to accomplish key plumbing procedures. A description of safety procedures helps you stay safe while brazing, using power tools, and working around electricity. Get this book and conquer your fear of plumbing!" —Terry McIver, Editor-in-Chief, Contracting Business magazine

  • Author: Editors of Creative Homeowner
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner; Updated 5th edition (May 25, 2021)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-1580118613
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.7 x 10.8 inches

                 

3. The Very Efficient Carpenter: Basic Framing for Residential Construction (For Pros / By Pros)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture Reference - October 2021

Here's your chance to become a more efficient carpenter. Larry Haun has been a production framer for more than 35 years and a teacher of apprentices for more than 20. In this book, Haun shows you, step by step, all the techniques he uses to frame a basic house, from laying down the sills to cutting the rafters. You'll learn about: cutting and installing posts and girders joisting and sheathing fluently laying out, cutting, assembling, and raising walls framing gable roofs, hips and valleys, and truss roofs building various types of stairs There is an opening chapter on tools, plans, codes, permits, lumber, and materials, and additional information throughout the book on safety and site-built tools. The Very Efficient Carpenter is no less than a complete course in basic framing.

  • Author: Larry Haun
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (October 1, 1998)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture
  • ISBN: 978-1561583263
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.5 x 10 inches

                 

4. Graph Paper Composition Notebook: Grid Paper Notebook, Grid Paper for Math and Science Students, Quad Ruled 4x4 ( 110 Pages, 8.5 x 11)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture Reference - October 2021

Elegant and practical notebook with checkered paper. In black This notebook is a great choice if you are looking for a sturdy checkered notebook for math, note writing, sketching, writing ideas or keeping a personal journal. Perfect for all office, school and home applications. Elegant and timeless design makes the notebook perfect as a personal notebook or gift. Specifications: Cover finish: High-quality matte cover for a professional finish Dimensions: ideal size 8.5 "x 11" (21.59 x 27.94 cm) Interior: 4 x 4 graph-ruled paper Pages: 110 If you are looking for a different notebook, check out our other offers, you will surely find something suitable for a good price.

  • Author: Ken Malone
  • Publisher: Independently published (November 26, 2019)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-1712057124
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.25 x 11 inches

                 

5. The Architect's Studio Companion: Rules of Thumb for Preliminary Design


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture Reference - October 2021

The time saving resource every architect needs The Architect’s Studio Companion is a robust, user friendly resource that keeps important information at your fingertips throughout the design process. It includes guidelines for the design of structure, environmental systems, parking, accessibility, and more. This new sixth edition has been fully updated with the latest model building codes for the U.S. and Canada, extensive new information on heating and cooling systems for buildings, and new structural systems, all in a form that facilitates rapid preliminary design. More than just a reference, this book is a true companion that no practicing architect or student should be without. This book provides quick access to guidelines for systems that affect the form and spatial organization of buildings and allows this information to be incorporated into the earliest stages of building design. With it you can: Select, configure, and size structural systems Plan for building heating and cooling Incorporate passive systems and daylighting into your design Design for parking and meet code related life safety and accessibility requirements Relying on straightforward diagrams and clear written explanations, the designer can lay out the fundamental systems of a building in a matter of minutes―without getting hung up on complicated technical concepts. By introducing building systems into the early stages of design, the need for later revisions or redesign is reduced, and projects stay on time and on budget. The Architect’s Studio Companion is the time saving tool that helps you bring it all together from the beginning.

  • Author: Edward Allen
  • Publisher: Wiley; 6th edition (January 17, 2017)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-1119092414
  • Dimensions: 8.6 x 1 x 10.9 inches

                 



6. Ultimate Book of Home Plans: 780 Home Plans in Full Color: North America's Premier Designer Network: Special Sections on Home Design & Outdoor Living Ideas (Creative Homeowner) Over 550 Color Photos


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture Reference - October 2021

Select from 780 of the most popular home plans from the country's top architects and designers, with full color photos of the actual homes, floor plans, and design ideas. 780 of the most popular designs from the country's top architects and designers More than 550 photos and 250 renderings of homes actually built from the designs Huge variety of home styles in all price ranges including farmhouses, country cottages, contemporaries, luxury estates, vacation retreats, and regional specialties Practical tips and advice on selecting a site, hiring a contractor, trimwork, fireplaces, and landscaping Whether you've always dreamed of building your own home, or can't find the right house from among the dozens you've toured, this collection of ultimate plans can help you achieve the home of your dreams. You could have an architect create a one-of-a-kind home for you, but the design services alone could end up costing up to 15 percent of the cost of construction—a hefty premium for any building project. Ultimate Book of Home Plans allows you to select from 780 of the most popular designs from the country's top architects and designers, for a fraction of the cost. More than 550 gorgeous, full-color photographs and 250 renderings allow you to experience homes actually built from the designs, plus some interiors. Virtually every home style is offered, including farmhouses, country cottages, contemporaries, luxury estates, vacation retreats, and regional specialties. Get practical tips and advice on everything from selecting a site and hiring a contractor to adding finishing touches like trimwork and landscaping. Once you've selected your dream home, you can obtain easily customizable construction blueprints, cost estimates, materials lists, and CAD files. Also included are special sections on home design and outdoor living ideas.

  • Author: Editors of Creative Homeowner
  • Publisher: Design Originals; Updated & Revised Third edition (April 1, 2015)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-1580117210
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.5 x 10.8 inches

                 

7. Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture Reference - October 2021

THE #1 REFERENCE ON BUILDING CONSTRUCTION―UPDATED FROM THE GROUND UP   Edward Allen and Joseph Iano’s Fundamentals of Building Construction has been the go-to reference for thousands of professionals and students of architecture, engineering, and construction technology for over thirty years. The materials and methods described in this new Seventh Edition have been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest advancements in the industry. Carefully selected and logically arranged topics―ranging from basic building methods to the principles of structure and enclosure―help readers gain a working knowledge of the field in an enjoyable, easy-to-understand manner. All major construction systems, including light wood frame, mass timber, masonry, steel frame, light gauge steel, and reinforced concrete construction, are addressed. Now in its Seventh Edition, Fundamentals of Building Construction contains substantial revisions and updates. New illustrations and photographs reflect the latest practices and developments in the industry. Revised chapters address exterior wall systems and high-performance buildings, an updated and comprehensive discussion of building enclosure science, evolving tools for assessing environmental and health impacts of building materials, and more. New and exciting developments in mass timber construction are also included.  This Seventh Edition includes: 125 new or updated illustrations and photographs, as well as 40 new photorealistic renderings The latest in construction project delivery methods, construction scheduling, and trends in information technology affecting building design and construction Updated discussion of the latest LEED and Living Building Challenge sustainability standards along with expanded coverage of new methods for assessing the environmental impacts of materials and buildings Expanded coverage of mass timber materials, fire resistance of mass timber, and the design and construction of tall wood buildings Revised end-of-chapter sections, including references, websites, key terminology, review questions, and exercises Fully-updated collection of best-in-class ancillary materials: PowerPoint lecture slides, Instructor’s Manual, Test Bank, Interactive Exercises, and more Companion book, Exercises in Building Construction , available in print and eBook format For the nuts and bolts on building construction practices and materials, Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods, 7 th Edition lays the foundation that every architect and construction professional needs to build a successful career.

  • Author: Edward Allen
  • Publisher: Wiley; 7th edition (October 15, 2019)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-1119446194
  • Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.8 x 11 inches

                 

8. Get Your House Right: Architectural Elements to Use & Avoid


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture Reference - October 2021

Sick of McMansions? Marianne Cusato, creator of the award-winning Katrina Cottages, is a champion of traditional architectural principles: structural common sense, aesthetics of form, appropriateness to a neighborhood, and sustainability. She presents the definitive guide to what makes houses look and feel right, revealing the dos and don'ts of livable home design. Hundreds of elegant line drawings--rendering the varieties of architectural features and displaying “avoid” and “use” versions of the same elements side by side--make this an indispensable resource for designing and building a timelessly beautiful home.

  • Author: Marianne Cusato
  • Publisher: Sterling; Illustrated edition (August 2, 2011)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-1402791031
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.7 x 10.7 inches

                 

9. Case Study Houses (Basic Art Series 2.0)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture Reference - October 2021

The Case Study House program (1945–1966) was a unique event in the history of American architecture. Sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine, the program sought to respond to the postwar building boom with prototype modern homes that could be both easily replicated and readily affordable to the average American. Concentrated on the Los Angeles area, the Case Study Houses included 36 model homes commissioned from such major architects of the day as Richard Neutra, Raphael Soriano, Craig Ellwood, Charles and Ray Eames, Pierre Koenig, Eero Saarinen, A. Quincy Jones, and Ralph Rapson. Their criteria included “using, as far as is practicable, many war-born techniques and materials best suited to the expression of man’s life in the modern world.” The results of the program would redefine the modern home and extend influence not only across the United States but around the world. This compact guide includes all of the Case Study Houses with over 150 photos and plans, as well as a map showing locations of all sites, including those that no longer exist. About the series Born back in 1985, the Basic Art Series has evolved into the best-selling art book collection ever published. Each book in TASCHEN’s Basic Architecture series features: an introduction to the life and work of the architect the major works in chronological order information about the clients, architectural preconditions as well as construction problems and resolutions a list of all the selected works and a map indicating the locations of the best and most famous buildings approximately 120 illustrations (photographs, sketches, drafts, and plans)

  • Author: Elizabeth A. T. Smith
  • Publisher: TASCHEN; Illustrated edition (March 19, 2016)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Architecture
  • ISBN: 978-3836535601
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.5 x 10.3 inches

                 

10. Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Architecture Reference - October 2021

In a book that Business Insider noted as one of the "14 Books that inspired Elon Musk," J.E. Gordon strips engineering of its confusing technical terms, communicating its founding principles in accessible, witty prose. For anyone who has ever wondered why suspension bridges don't collapse under eight lanes of traffic, how dams hold back--or give way under--thousands of gallons of water, or what principles guide the design of a skyscraper, a bias-cut dress, or a kangaroo, this book will ease your anxiety and answer your questions. Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down is an informal explanation of the basic forces that hold together the ordinary and essential things of this world--from buildings and bodies to flying aircraft and eggshells. In a style that combines wit, a masterful command of his subject, and an encyclopedic range of reference, Gordon includes such chapters as "How to Design a Worm" and "The Advantage of Being a Beam," offering humorous insights in human and natural creation. Architects and engineers will appreciate the clear and cogent explanations of the concepts of stress, shear, torsion, fracture, and compression. If you're building a house, a sailboat, or a catapult, here is a handy tool for understanding the mechanics of joinery, floors, ceilings, hulls, masts--or flying buttresses. Without jargon or oversimplification, Structures opens up the marvels of technology to anyone interested in the foundations of our everyday lives.

  • Author: J. E. Gordon
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1st edition (July 10, 2003)
  • Genre: Engineering & Transportation, Engineering
  • ISBN: 978-0306812835
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1.13 x 9 inches