Encyclopedia of Detail in Contemporary Residential Architect ペーパーバック – 2010/9/1
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This is a comprehensive sourcebook, containing newly commissioned scale drawings of every type of architectural detailtaken from 100 of the best contemporary houses. Over 700 detailed drawings of walls, floors, ceilings, doors, windows, and staircases feature keys explaining construction techniques and materials used. Each drawing is cross referenced to other details from the same building.
This is an invaluable reference for all architects, showing the best examples of residential detailing from around the world. A bonus DVD includes all of the drawings featured in the book.
Virginia McLeod has worked for a number of private practices in London and was also the editor of The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture. She currently works as a freelance writer and editor, specializing in contemporary architecture.
I also don't care for the organization of the book. At the beginning, each project in shown in picture, with a listing of reference numbers for the types of details that are available from that project in the subsequent chapters. The chapters are then organized by assembly: foundation details, wall details, roof details, etc. It seems like a good system, but it proves pretty frustrating. There's no overall building sections to show what part of the building is shown. And the project photos are not shown again with the detail, so you end up flipping back & forth trying to figure out what you're looking at.
Finally, it's annoying that often the most architecturally interesting parts of the projects are not what's shown in the details.