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Part I - Detail Patterns 1 Section 1 Function 3 Chapter 1 Controlling Water 5 Wash 7 Overlap 12 Overhang and Drip 15 Drain and Weep 19 Unobstructed Drainage 21 Ventilated Cold Roof 22 Foundation Drainage 24 Moisture Break 25 Capillary Break 26 Labyrinth 28 Rainscreen Assembly and Pressure Equalization 29 Upstand 34 Sealant Joints and Gaskets 36 Chapter 2 Controlling Air 45 Air Barrier System 46 Weatherstripped Crack 48 Chapter 3 Controlling Heat Flow 51 Thermal Insulation 52 Thermal Break 54 Multiple Glazing 59 White and Bright Surfaces 60 Reflective Glazing 61 Reflective Surface and Airspace 62 Outside-Insulated Thermal Mass 64 Chapter 4 Controlling Water Vapor 67 Warm Interior Surfaces 68 Warm-Side Vapor Retarder 70 Vapor Ventilation 75 Condensate Drainage 78 Chapter 5 Controlling Sound 79 Airtight, Heavy, Limp Partition 80 Cushioned Floor 83 Quiet Attachments 85 Sound-Absorbing Surfaces 86 Chapter 6 Accommodating Movement 89 Seasoning and Curing 91 Vertical-Grain Lumber 94 Equalizing Cross Grain 96 Relieved Back 98 Foundation below Frost Line 99 Structure/Enclosure Joint 100 Abutment Joint 102 Expansion Joint 103 Control Joint 106 Sliding Joint 109 Building Separation Joint 111 Chapter 7 Providing Structural Support 113 Small Structures 114 Connecting Dissimilar Materials 116 Distributing Loads 118 Chapter 8 Providing Passages for Mechanical and Electrical Services 121 Vertical Chase 122 Horizontal Plenum 125 Chapter 9 Health and Safety 129 Safe Footing 130 Fall Protection 132 Safe Edges 134 Safe Glazing 135 Nontoxic Materials 136 Fire-Safe Materials 137 Fire-Resistant Assemblies 138 Barrier-Free Design 140 Universal Design 141 Chapter 10 Providing for the Aging of the Building 145 Life Cycle 146 Expected Life 148 Surfaces That Age Gracefully 150 Repairable Surfaces 152 Cleanable Surfaces 153 Maintenance Access 154 Dry Wood 156 Protected and Similar Metals 158 Less Absorbent Materials 161 Robust Assemblies 163 Building Armor 164 Extreme Event Protection 166 Section 2 Constructibility 169 Chapter 11 Ease of Assembly 171 Uncut Units 172 Minimum Number of Parts 174 Parts That are Easy to Handle 175 Repetitious Assembly 178 Simulated Assemblies 180 Observable Assemblies 182 Accessible Connections 183 Detailing for Disassembly 185 Installation Clearance 187 Nonconflicting Systems 188 Chapter 12 Forgiving Details 191 Dimensional Tolerance 192 Sliding Fit 197 Adjustable Fit 201 Reveal 204 Butt Joint 206 Clean Edge 209 Progressive Finish 211 Forgiving Surface 213 Chapter 13 Efficient Use of Construction Resources 215 Factory and Site 216 Repetitious Fabrication 218 Rehearsing the Construction Sequence 220 Off-the-Shelf Parts 223 Local Skills and Resources 224 Aligning Forms with Forces 226 Refining the Detail 228 All-Weather Construction 229 Pride of Craftsmanship 231 Accepted Standards 232 Section 3 Aesthetics 233 Chapter 14 Aesthetics 235 Contributive Details 235 Timeless Features 238 Geometry and Proportion 239 Hierarchy of Refinement 241 Intensification and Ornamentation 243 Sensory Richness 245 Formal Transitions 246 Didactic Assemblies 249 Composing the Detail 250 Part II - Detail Development 251 Section 1 Applying the Detail Patterns 253 Chapter 15 Detailing a Building in Wood Light Framing 255 Chapter 16 Detailing a Building in Architectural Concrete 289 Chapter 17 Detailing a Brick Facing on a Concrete Frame 311 Section 2 Getting Started 345 Appendix A: The Detailer's Reference Shelf 349 Appendix B: Formulating Exercises for Self?Study, Studio, or Classroom Use 355 Index 357

About the Author

EDWARD ALLEN, FAIA, has been a member of the faculties at both Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has frequently taught as a guest at institutions across the United States for over 30 years. He is the bestselling author of The Architect's Studio Companion; Shaping Structures: Statics; and Fundamentals of Building Construction. PATRICK RAND, FAIA, is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Architecture at North Carolina State University. He has been recognized nationally for his innovative teaching and research regarding construction materials.


"...this book presents the drawings alongside a clear description of the function of each individual element. This book would be valuable for anyone who wants to learn how and why things are built, rather than just copying some random detail from a google image search." -East-West News Service, May 2016

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