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The Architecture Handbook

The Architecture Handbook: A Student Guide to Understanding Buildings focuses on the design and construction of residential architecture. The 400-page full color student edition and a 600-page teacher edition are the first books of their kind in the country.

Through hands-on activities, The Architecture Handbook teaches both the fundamentals of architectural design and technical drawing. Students also build knowledge and gain skills through group design projects, sketching, model-making, mapping, research, critical thinking, problem solving and class presentations.

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Table of Contents

PRE-PROJECT






Chapter 1

GETTING STARTED
How to Use This Book
Drafting Exercises
Overview of the 23 Chapters

Overview of Core Subject Connections

The F10 House, Green Architecture, Comparison Buildings

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2
4
6



10


PROJECT 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

THE BLOCK PLAN

Reading Maps and Reading Drawings

Scale

Counting, Labeling, Documenting

Comparing the F10 House Block with Your Street

Teacher Edition - Long Activity Sample

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46

62

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PROJECT 2

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

THE SITE PLAN

Relationship to Nearby Buildings

Orientation of the Building on the Site

Topography and Landscape

The Path to the Front Door

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96

114

128

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PROJECT 3

Chapter 10

Chapter 11



Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

THE FLOOR PLAN

Planning Spaces

Circulation, Clients, and Guest Spaces vs. Family Spaces

Teacher Edition - Short Activity Sample


Furniture and Dimensions

Window Placement, Views and Light

Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Systems

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168

182



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206

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PROJECT 4

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

 

THE ELEVATION

Building Forms and Massing

Buildings in Elevation

Fenestration

Building Proportions and People

Materials and Colors

Did You Know?

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244

260

272

290

304


PROJECT 5

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

 

THE BUILDING SECTION

Reading and Drawing a Building Section

Forces and Structures

Construction Materials

Comparing Construction Techniques and Materials 

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332

344

360

374

 


PROJECT 6

Part 1

Part 2

THE DESIGN PROJECT

The Design Process
Design a new home for a client

An addition to the F10 House––the people and the construction process

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389

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RESOURCES

Index

Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C

Appendix D


Appendix E


Bibliography

 

From arches to zoning ordinances... you’ll find it here

Meet the Buildings

How to ‘read’ a building

How to photograph a building

Careers in architecture and the built environment
How to prepare for the next step

Interview with architect Marc L’Italien, designer of the F10 House

Books and websites

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