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Building Construction Illustrated
The classic visual guide to the basics of building construction, now with the most current information For nearly three decades, "Building Construction Illustrated" has offered an outstanding introduction to the principles of building construction. This new edition of the revered classic remains as relevant as ever-providing the latest information in Francis D.K. Ching's s ...more
ebook, 480 pages
Published March 10th 2011 by Wiley
(first published 1975)
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I read it from cover to cover. The magic must be in the drawings because the prose is excruciatingly dry. It is missing coverage of those little balconies and tiny patios common in many West coast apartment building high rises, as well as anything on welding symbols. Not a self-contained book if you do not know anything about construction, as I had to make sure I had read ahead in Allen & Iano to fully understand what Ching was saying. The place where this book is indispensable is in the com ...more
Really good resource to see how building construction is both simple and a very complex process. The illustrations and the text documenting the different phases and the different requirements for safe and secure home building is very telling. This is a reference book, so there is no story or prose to consider, and the collective education the pages offer, is very clear and concise.
This book is an excellent reference for architects, designers and any interested party in the construction industry. Unless you're really interested in the mechanics of building technology, and have a general grasp of how things go together, this is certainly one to skip. I found this invaluable when studying for my licensing exams and hold it in high esteem.
This is hands down the most practically informative book I've ever read (although it's not really something you read cover to cover!). Very clear illustrations help in visualizing the construction of a building from locating the right site, to installing solar panels and casting your own concrete slabs.
Dec 24, 2007 Laura rated it really liked it · review of another edition
This is first "go to" book of reference on my shelf. I prefer the second addition - but all are very useful. Lots of clear illustrations. Good construction overview. My copy is full of tabs and very worn. A must have for architects and students of architecture
Oct 08, 2007 Jodie rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: student drafters, nerds
i learned that an I beam is actually a W Beam. The W stands for WIDE and it refers to the size of the FLANGE. The W Beam flange is wider that the original steel S Beam.
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Frank (Francis D. K.) Ching (born 1943) is a widely recognized author of books addressing architectural and design graphics. Ching's books have been widely influential and continue to shape the visual language of all fields of design. He is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington.More about Francis D.K. Ching...