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Citizens of No Place: A Collection of Short Stories by Jimenez Lai
Citizens of No Place: A Collection of Short Stories by Jimenez Lai
by Jimenez Lai
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.91

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Thinking, 11 Aug 2012
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I study post-graduate architecture (Pt. II) and work in retail design, and it's nice to step out of the technical side of architecture once in a while.

This book side-steps architecture to re-assess what it is.

Citizens of No Place (titled as such because 'utopia' comes from Greek meanings of 'good place' & 'no place') opens up new way of looking at architecture through a multitude of scenarios and different characters' perspectives. It sometimes has very little direct relevance to the practice of architecture, and this gives it a particularly high value as architecture is never just about arranging lines and making skyscrapers. It criticises some of modern society's powerful logic, and finds geometric patterns in places you wouldn't look for them.

It is exactly the way one should think about design and particularly architecture for the changing social climate, as it focuses on the grand and the tiny, gives them equal value and criticises both. It has some thoughts surrounding who architects are to society, what architecture is to architects, politics, social norms, and primitive cognition.

My only warning is this book will not 'tell' you anything, just make you think about what's already there.

The conclusions are your own.


Epson Stylus SX425W Colour Inkjet Printer/Scanner/Copier (All-In-One, Individual Ink Technology & Wi-Fi )
Epson Stylus SX425W Colour Inkjet Printer/Scanner/Copier (All-In-One, Individual Ink Technology & Wi-Fi )

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for best wuality, 10 Aug 2011
I was looking to print a long banner, and rather than buying fresh ink for my old printer I bought this for less.
It turns out it doesn't do banner printing.
Instead, it does everything else but to a fairly poor degree.
I found my scans were poor, and my prints were poorer (when it was claiming 'paper jams').
It's as if the printer is just a bit behind everything else on all it's functions.
Maybe mine is just a dud, but I think I will have to return this printer and just buy the ink for my dusty ancient printer.
I will, however, say that the wireless function on this is brilliant, unfortunately that's of no consequence to me.
If you don't use a printer for portfolios or presentations, then buy this.


Building Regulations in Brief
Building Regulations in Brief
by Ray Tricker
Edition: Paperback
Price: 24.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good refrence book, 9 Mar 2011
I bought this book to try and improve my construction regulation knowledge. I knew it wouldn't be interesting, but a lack of diagrams makes it awful to read through. It would be useful in a situation when you need to know about a very specific part of construction, but if you're looking for a general construction handbook I'd recommend the Building Construction Handbook for british construction.


The Hob Stories
The Hob Stories
by William Mayne
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, 9 Mar 2011
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I had this book when I was young, it's quite scary, but very, very memorable. I can still remember the names of the monsters.


Building Construction Handbook
Building Construction Handbook
by Roy Chudley
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad., 9 Mar 2011
It's not quite as well illustarted as a Francis Ching book, but it contains concise and relevant building information for british construction standards. Construction students should own one and read it cover to cover.


Creativity Now: Get Inspired, Create Ideas and Make Them Happen - Now!
Creativity Now: Get Inspired, Create Ideas and Make Them Happen - Now!
by Jurgen Wolff
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, effective advice, 7 Dec 2009
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Methods for improving creativity.

A good book for anyone with large projects requiring more creativity than you have in one day. There's simple methods to improve your creative mind, and keep you thinking creatively as you work. Plenty of references to a website built around the book showing examples of certain methods of creativity, so there's no shortage of information when needed.

Written in very short chapters however, in very simple language. This can make the book feel a little stupid, and doesn't convince you that the writer knew what he was talking about. He does, however, just the less intellectual language makes it feel too simple to be scientific.

Not to dryly written though, so you don't get sick of reading it mid-chapter.

Worth the buy, as I have to think creatively all the time.


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