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How Buildings Work
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Edward Allen is an architect and teacher who enjoys explaining things through words and drawings: what makes buildings work, what makes buildings habitable and lovable, how architects' design ideas become reality. He has published nine books on these subjects. He has taught at the University of Oregon, Yale University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and lectures worldwide. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the 2005 recipient of the Topaz Medal for Excellence in Architectural Education.

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"In clear and lucid prose--accompanied by delightful drawings--Ed Allen explains the intricacies of building performance and construction. This new edition of a classic guide will prove of interest to both students of architecture and lay persons alike." --Witold Rybczynski, University of Pennsylvania Professor of Architecture and author of The Perfect House Acclaim for previous editions: "Whether you're an armchair architect or are planning to design and build your own home, this book helps you grasp the basic concepts." --Popular Science "With its homespun drawings and offerings of architectural wisdom for lay readers, this book is like a Whole Earth Catalog building course.... By focusing primarily on housing, Allen lets readers clearly understand everything from lighting, comfort, and quiet to the basics of making a sturdy structure." --Library Journal "Well written, attractively illustrated with line drawings, and handsomely put together." --AIA Journal "With simple explanations and over 300 illustrations, Allen defines the true functions of buildings and gives advice on how to create a structure that will satisfy all your needs." --House Beautiful Building Manual "Explains in clear, non-technical language and by ingenious pictures, what buildings do and how they do it." --What's New in Building "In clear and lucid prose--accompanied by delightful drawings--Ed Allen explains the intricacies of building performance and construction. This new edition of a classic guide will prove of interest to both students of architecture and lay persons alike." --Witold Rybczynski, University of Pennsylvania Professor of Architecture and author of The Perfect House Acclaim for previous editions: "Whether you're an armchair architect or are planning to design and build your own home, this book helps you grasp the basic concepts." --Popular Science "With its homespun drawings and offerings of architectural wisdom for lay readers, this book is like a Whole Earth Catalog building course.... By focusing primarily on housing, Allen lets readers clearly understand everything from lighting, comfort, and quiet to the basics of making a sturdy structure." --Library Journal "Well written, attractively illustrated with line drawings, and handsomely put together." --AIA Journal "With simple explanations and over 300 illustrations, Allen defines the true functions of buildings and gives advice on how to create a structure that will satisfy all your needs." --House Beautiful Building Manual "Explains in clear, non-technical language and by ingenious pictures, what buildings do and how they do it." --What's New in Building

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