An essential companion to any construction study,
This review is from: Barry's Advanced Construction of Buildings (Paperback)
I'm currently a second year undergraduate student of architecture. This book was recommended to us for reference to building construction techniques and analysis of façades. After struggling for long enough with the fundamental text book for our studies, I decided to take a splash with this book and can say that it is many many times better than any other construction book I have come across so far during my studies.
Whilst it doesn't cover every aspect of construction, it covers the main factors in construction (and demolition) including structural frames, floor construction, cladding and glazing, production and lifts, plus more. As an architecture student, I cannot recommend this book highly enough to other students in the field as this will expand your view on the construction, renovation or demolition of buildings. The text is neither overly complicated nor is it questionably simplistic. It is in-depth and is accompanied by numerous, clear illustrations which can prove invaluable to explaining some of the more complex processes described in the book. Dare I say, this book is actually quite engaging. Too often text books just shovel jargon and terminology down your throat, effectively killing any interest you had in the topic, but the way this book enlightens you to construction processes, you actually feel drawn to continue reading... Yikes!