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Building Construction Illustrated

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  790 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
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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Amanda
May 07, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every book by Ching is a book worth owning.
Brittany
Oct 24, 2011 Brittany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book lives on my desk at work. Definitely written for architects (or should I say illustrated there are few words).
Dyonne
Nov 20, 2009 Dyonne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: architecture
Could you ever get through Architecture School without Ching?
LS
Jul 12, 2015 LS rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
James Eckman
No longer own it.
Charles Marin
May 25, 2014 Charles Marin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Vinod Suthar
May 18, 2015 Vinod Suthar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
nothing
Du
Jun 28, 2015 Du rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: planning
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.
Lauren
May 21, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Hooper
Jan 11, 2010 Hooper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Laura
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
Jodie
Oct 08, 2007 Jodie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: student drafters, nerds
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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.

are you fascinated?
Jack Stephens
Required reading when I studied architecture and still a valuable resource for anyone with their hands in the design of buildings.
Dawn
Aug 01, 2011 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most useful reference book I have used in my architectural career/ university course so far.
Michelle
Jan 22, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I opened this book twice so far. I will let you know if it gets more useful in the future.
Eippo1
Mar 29, 2010 Eippo1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the bible for any design drafter. Such an amazing and indispensable tool.
Philip Bergstresser


Required addition to any serious builder's library
Charles Horn
Oct 02, 2007 Charles Horn added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who ever goes into a building....
Excellent refrence, and i find the graphics astounding.
Em
May 26, 2016 Em rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Could not have survived the semester without it.
Cimuchowski
Oct 11, 2007 Cimuchowski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
This book is huge and have a ton of info. in it.
Tom Hilde
Jul 09, 2008 Tom Hilde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How to build anything. Amazing illustration.
Kast
Mar 18, 2011 Kast rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
its my only truth construction bible .
Andrell
Apr 10, 2012 Andrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
Helpful! Still on my shelf at work
Pei
Sep 18, 2007 Pei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
codes....
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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.
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