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Dictionary of Architecture and Construction (Dictionary of Architecture & Construction)

Dictionary of Architecture and Construction (Dictionary of Architecture & Construction)
Author: Cyril Harris
ISBN 13: 9780071452373
ISBN 10: 71452370
Edition: 4
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication Date: 2005-09-05
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 1088
List Price: $103.00


This massive compendium by a renowned architectural editor and 50 expert contributors features over 2300 line drawings and clear, concise definitions of more than 27,000 important architecture and construction terms. The most definitive reference in the field, Cyril M. Harris's Dictionary of Architecture and Construction brings you the broadest possible coverage of the language of architecture and building construction. Special care has been taken to include the latest terms in legal areas, technologies, techniques, materials, organizations, historic architectural styles, and architectural trends.

This essential dictionary is one of the most trusted references in architecture and building technology — cited in numerous other leading references and recommended by the faculties of many top schools. It covers drawings and specifications ... building products and materials, including their design, appearance, performance, installation, and testing ... finishes, coatings, and surfacings ... types of units, assemblies, systems, and modules ... tools, devices, machines, and construction equipment, and much more. It's the one definitive resource every architect and contractor needs to own.

Revised, updated, and expanded, this comprehensive new edition features:

  • More than 27,000 definitions in clear, concise language
  • Over 2300 illustrations
  • Full coverage of new technologies and new building materials
  • Expanded emphasis on legal, organizational, and historic architectural terms, reflecting their increased importance in the field

Cyril M. Harris, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Charles Batchelor Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University. A professor at Columbia since 1952, he has taught in the School of Engineering and Applied Science as well as the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, where he served as chairperson of the Division of Architectural Technology for 10 years. Dr. Harris has achieved international recognition for his work in noise control and auditorium design. He received the AIA Medal of the American Institute of Architects; the Gold Medal, as well as the W. C. Sabine Medal, of the Acoustical Society of America; the Gold Medal of the Audio Engineering Society; and the Franklin Medal of the Franklin Institute. Dr. Harris is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in physics from M.I.T.


<:st>Previous editions (published in 1975 and 1993) are cited in . This hefty third edition defines approximately 24,500 terms (up from 22,500), presenting brief explanations in a clear, readable typeface, with numerous illustrative line drawings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)