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Architect's Pocket Book Paperback – 23 Apr 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Architectural Press; 2 edition (23 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750647647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750647649
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 12.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
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'It is invaluable for the smaller architectural practice. Packed with drawings, tables and symbol guides, this is a must for use at the drawing board, computer or on-site.'
Stadia magazine

'A good easy to read guide for site use'
Alan Jarvis, Lecturer

'This little gem is essential for any architect, builder, surveyor, engineer, student, in fact anyone connected with the building industry. Information is clearly presented in a no-nonsense style. The well illustrated diagrams help the building regs. appear almost logical'
5-star Amazon review

'I have bought this book because I am studying architecture at school and think that it is really helpful.
Buy it for...
*building regulations
*Planning info
*measurements
*tips and tricks of the trade'
5-star Amazon review

'Very useful in providing quick and easy references to various architectural data.'
Sarah Radif, Course Leader

From the Publisher

The book includes data about planning, structure, services, building elements, materials and addresses, and is intended to be used both at the drawing board and on site.The selection of the material by the author is based on many years' experience of architectural practice in both public and private offices.Charlotte Baden-Powell was trained at the Architectural Association in London and has practised as an architect for 38 years. She began by working for British Rail and later for Sir Denys Lasdun. Since then she has run her own practice in London and Bath, dealing with new works as well as the restoration and extension of old buildings. She has written and lectured about the design of kitchens and bathrooms and is the author of Fireplace Design and Construction.

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This title was suggested to me by the main contractor working on our period property refurbishment as an excellent primer on building design and materials.

I would suggest there are actually two main uses for this book. Firstly as a reference and easy access data book - checking weights, loadings, sizes etc - which as listed in other reviews is ideal for a professional engaged in construction. The data is of course not exhaustive as it is constrained to pocket book size, but it hits an excellent balance between summary and detail. This is an excellent reflection on the author's ability to precis information.

Secondly - and where it is most useful for me as a self builder rather than building pro, especially when engaged on a project not supported by an architect - it gives a basic understanding of a wide range of issues. For example, there is a straightforward summary of foundation types, generic benefits of different insulation materials etc which have all helped me either to refine specifications or to judge that I need to go and research further elsewhere. There is also a great deal here to save you trial and error - the spacing needed around cars when designing a garage block, circulation space within bathrooms etc etc. Even if, as a self builder, you are using the services of an architect I would still recommend this as background reading.

From the self build perspective I would suggest this goes on to your shelf alongside a copy of Mark Brinkley's book Housebuilder's Bible (ninth edition) (9th Edition) which complements this nicely, adding detail to some of the pocket book's introduction to subjects and also invaluable advice on controlling costs.

Thoroughly recommended.
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Brought this for my husband and he loves it and uses it all the time
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Exactly as described arrived in good time was well packaged and will purchase again in the future
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Great book I still use it 5 Years later !!!
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This book has been a constant desk fellow of mine throughout my architectural education and work in practice.

Inside is a well considered series of chapters documenting the day to day considerations when working in the construction industry. As a quick reference supplement to my working this title has been invaluable. The problem with any architectural resource is that the industry is constantly in motion and information is constantly updated.

It is a constant battle to try and keep up with the most recent changes to policy and regulation. Which is why i point out that this book is a supplementary guide and not a bible. It does not cover a lot of the specialisms that are encountered in regard to modern day construction. That said, the portability, detailed diagrams and extensive references make this book stand out amongst similar titles.

Having long owned a copy of the previous edition, the revised edition of the Architects Pocket book doesn't seem to contain a significant change in content. As the previous review points out, there appears to be only 5 extra pages. Therefore if you already own a copy of the 3rd, i wouldn't see the absolute need in purchasing this new edition, provided you are pragmatic about the information inside.

But for anyone new to the subject or thinking of finding a suitable quick reference, then here undoubtedly is your place to start.
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For basically any design course, this book is needed! Its brilliant, every page has something you will certainly need. This book is priceless!
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Very useful ! Great book!
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If you are in any way involved in construction on a domestic scale, the Architect's Pocket Book is a must.
It evolved from a set of notes used by the author, collating the diverse practical information regularly required in her work as an architect. So many friends requested copies that she ditched the photocopier in favour of a publishing deal, and thank heaven she did! Nowhere else can you find concise notes that cover the whole spectrum of information needed for smaller projects.

The book is divided into six sections, namely General Information, Planning, Structures, Services, Building Elements and Materials. There is also an appendix containing addresses, a list of sources and an index followed by a few pages for your own scribbles. Within the sections you find a wealth of information, tables and diagrams that cover such useful topics as drawing conventions, anthropometric data, weight of materials, safe loads on subsoils, concrete mixes, lintel sizes, beam formulae, heat loss, timber stress grade tables, types of nails, identifying wood boring beetles, plasterboard dimensions and much, much more.

This 4th edition has 368 pages and has been expanded and updated since the 2nd, 305 page and 3rd, 363 page editions. The format and sections remain the same. If you are more interested in materials and construction info than current planning considerations and CAD I suggest you consider purchasing a previous edition which can often be bought more cheaply, such as the second edition that I also reviewed. Whether you are an architect, developer, student, interior designer, builder, or DIY enthusiast, this book will be relevant and of great practical use to you. My copy remains a trusted and well thumbed friend.
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