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Shortcuts Book 2: Sustainability and Practice

Austin Williams

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 176

  • Publisher: NBS

  • Date Published: Mar 2009

  • Stock Code: 67743

  • ISBN: 9781859463222

  • Binding: Paperback

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Shortcuts provide an eclectic mix of at-a-glance guides to the minefield of regulations, new materials, and technologies that confront building designers today.

Comprising hand-drawn sketches, technical drawings, and punchy articles, each Shortcut takes you right to the heart of a key topic in architecture and construction, presenting a wealth of invaluable information in an accessible and lively way.

Shortcuts: Book 2 explores the issues that affect the way building designers work, with topics grouped into chapters on Energy Conservation; Sustainability; Working Practices; Health and Safety; and Legislation and Guidance. The shortcuts range from zero carbon energy sources to green roofs, and from drawing conventions to contracts and case law. Each Shortcut is a quick, reliable, and incisive clarification of the welter of diverse (and sometimes conflicting) technical guidance that tends to bombard and bamboozle designers.

Also available is Shortcuts Book 1: Structure and Fabric. 

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About the Author

Austin Williams

Austin Williams is director of the Future Cities Project.

An architect and project manager by profession, he was the technical editor at the Architects’ Journal; architecture critic on BBC London; and transport commentator with The Daily Telegraph. He is now the architectural producer at NBS Learning Channels.

He is the author of Enemies of Progress; author and illustrator of Shortcuts Books 1 & 2; founder of Manifesto Towards a New Humanism in Architecture and co-editor of The Future of Community. He is the co-author of The Macro World of Microcars; and contributor to Global Warming and other bollocks; Academic Questions (Winter 2009-10); and Carchitecture.

He is currently writing Better City: Better Life: The Challenges of an Urban World; Shortcut Book 3: Environment and Process and On Progress: the Struggle between Liberty and Authority.

He speaks on a range of topics internationally and has written for a wide variety of publications, from The Times Literary Supplement to Top Gear; from New Humanist to The Tablet.

He devised and chairs the Bookshop Barnies.

www.futurecities.org.uk

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