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Materials for Design 2

Materials for Design 2

Princeton Architectural Press

By Victoria Ballard Bell and Patrick Rand


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As architecture and design programs throughout
the world break out of the classroom and adopt
the holistic methods of design/build programs, the
need for a textbook that bridges the gap between
construction materials and design sensibility is sorely
needed. In Materials for Design 2, authors Victoria
Ballard Bell and Patrick Rand revisit the format
of their award-winning first volume and present
sixty new case studies of materials put to imaginative
use by today’s brightest architects. Bell and Rand
introduce each material type—glass, concrete, wood,
metal, plastic, and stone—with new text describing
its history and significance. Accessible case studies
highlight recent advances in design and construction
around the world—from a wooden church in
Finland and huts in Thailand to a bank encased
in a glass cube in Denmark. In a materials landscape
that constantly changes to meet the demands of
contemporary designers, Materials for Design 2
is an up-to-date guide to the best and most exciting
materials at their disposal.

• There is no other textbook on the market that tackles
material details this thoroughly

• Includes professional photography and technical
drawings of each project

• Features a new introduction by the authors, new
essays for each material, and sixty new case-study
descriptions of each project

• The bestselling Materials for Design (2006) won
an AIGA Book Design Award

More Details

Size: 8.5 × 10.75 in;
Pages: 272 pp;
Format: Paperback
Publication: January 2014
ISBN: 9781616891909
ISBN10: 1616891904
Victoria Ballard Bell is an architect who lives and works in Raleigh, NC. Patrick Rand is a professor in the School of Architecture at North Carolina State University College of Design.