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Architectural Graphic Standards Paperback – 23 May 1994

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Student Edition, 8th Edition edition (23 May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047101284X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471012849
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 2.3 x 29 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,589,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"But there is no question that libraries with any interest in architecture, building, remodeling, or similar areas must own a copy." (Libraries Unlimited, Spring 2002) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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System Requirements - Architectural Graphic Standards CD-ROM Version 3.0 will run under Windows95, Windows98 and Windows NT

Minimum System Configuration: Processor: IBM Compatible PC 486DX/33 Memory: 24 MB Disk Space: 1.5 MB CD ROM : Single speed Mouse: Yes Screen Resolution: 800 x 600 x 256 colors

Recommended System Configuration: Processor: IBM Compatible Pentium PC 266 or faster Memory: 32 MB Disk Space: 1.5 MB CD ROM: 20x or faster Mouse: Yes Screen Resolution: 1024 x 758 x 16 bit color

Netscape 4.0 (or later) or Internet Explorer 4.0 (or later) is required for use of Industry Links and Web features.

Copyright Information *Masterspec is a registered trademark of The American Institute of Architects. **MasterFormat is a joint publication of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) and is used with permission. ***Architects' First Source for Products is a comprehensive directory of commercial building product manufacturers-both in print and on the Internet.

Architectural Graphic Standards CD-ROM Version 3.0 developed by Jordani Multimedia and published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Ramsey/Sleeper Architectural Graphic Standards, Tenth Edition. Prepared by The American Institute of Architects. Edited by John Ray Hoke, Jr., FAIA. MicroStation is a registered trademark of Bentley Systems, Inc. AutoCAD(r) 2000 is a registered trademark of Autodesk, Inc. (c) 2000 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
For over 70 years, architects have been using a valuable reference book, "Architectural Graphic Standards."

"Architectural Graphic Standards" is organized roughly per the CSI Masterformat divisions, including general planning and design data, sitework, concrete, masonry, metals, wood, thermal and moisture protection, doors and windows, finishes, specialties, equipment, furnishings, special construction, conveying systems, mechanical, electrical, sports, energy, history preservation, etc.

"Architectural Graphic Standards" has 1072 pages (9.6 x 11.8 inches large format) and numerous line drawings. This new edition has expanded and new content covering contemporary issues. It is a must-have for architects, landscape architects and urban planners, interior designers, engineers or any other building-related design professionals.

Gang Chen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Author of "Architectural Practice Simplified," "LEED GA Exam Guide," "Planting Design Illustrated," and other books on various LEED exams, architecture, and landscape architecture
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x98e60fe4) out of 5 stars 68 reviews
209 of 219 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98ddee34) out of 5 stars Don't Be Fooled by the Enclosed CD-Rom 16 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
While the Architectural Graphics Standards book is as good a reference as always, the enticement of a CD-Rom is a false promise. You have to purchase an unlock code to access the Rom. Said access code is available for a fee of $425.00. That wasn't disclosed before I purchased it.
129 of 135 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9938f6e4) out of 5 stars The Big Red Book 30 Mar. 2000
By Curtis Harkin, AIA - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It has 154 more pages than the 9th edition, so it has new information, but as you page through it you will find it seems almost identical. They need to keep most of the old data, so I wouldn't take off points for that. You can see the publisher's review for all of the new features: I noticed that the Historic Preservation chapter has been shortened a bit.
Potentially, the biggest addition is the CD-ROM, which has CAD files ready to use, and includes pretty much everything from the book. You might think that you are getting all that for the cost of the book, The "demo" CD comes in a sleeve inside the back cover, and is noted: "Full functionality, Limited data." You can access a drawing of a bar joist, for example. It exports a DWG or DXF file with layers based on line weights. The interface is pretty clear; you don't have to read any instructions to start using it. The CD actually has all of the data, but you have to pay another $425 online to "unlock" it. That could be a bargain, but I suspect that most firms will feel that their own detail library is more applicable to the work they do. Still, $425 represents less than a day's worth of billable hours.
Every architect knows the value of this book, and most every architecture firm (in the U.S. anyway) will want at least one copy just to stay current, and because the old one is getting worn out. You might as well get it now, and decide on the CD-ROM later. I'd love to have a special edition set with each page ever published in all of the AGS books, or even just the last 3 or 4. I'd give that 6 stars.
59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98dd42d0) out of 5 stars Lots of Hay, but Very Few Needles 26 Oct. 2003
By S. Colley - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Once again the editors of Graphic Standards have promised a useful reference for architects, and have fallen way short. In architecture school (1972), I purchased the sixth edition and found it better than most reference books for students of architecture. However, even then I noticed many sections of questionable value. Pages and pages of dimensions of designer furniture and kitchenware fall into this category.
Recently, after practicing architecture for 20 years, I was suckered back by publisher Wiley's siren song of how the new tenth edition is new, informative, refreshing, up to date, etc. Fooled again. Sure, the Graphic Standards is a fair source of information, but I question the editors' judgement as to what is worth publishing between the wonderfully bound front and rear cover. For example, look up "R-value" in the index and you are directed to 55 words on page 486 how R-value relates to windows and that it's the inverse of U-values. Nothing on the R-value of all exterior skin construction materials or how the R-value relates poorly to thermal massing materials. These things should be very important to architects and are disappointingly absent from the Graphic Standards. However, if you ever need to know what a Zamboni looks like, or need to know the dimensions required for a rodeo barrel race, this is your book! Want an entire page showing ten pieces of gymnastics equipment (pg. 777) or how to draw an ellipse using pen or pencil (pg.999)? Seek no more. Twenty four pages of kitchen utensils and garden tools are still there. This is the best place to find loads of pages of barely useful information of dubious worth.
Once the editors of Graphic Standards discover that a meaningful discussion on R-values in building materials deserves more space than the dimensions of a belt sander, then I might reconsider purchasing a later edition, but I won't hold my breath. Oh, one more thing, for you architects out there working on a Macintosh platform, the accompanying CD-ROM is useless.
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98dcef0c) out of 5 stars Good reference book, Limited Formula's, Over priced! 7 Nov. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A good reference book but of limited use, Its tables of materials is quit limited, especially sections dealing with steel,wood and concrete structural properties. The book tries to touch on all things at the expense of specificity in regards to basic materials and building techniques, The book would be fine for Architectural students but would be of limited use as a reference book for design. Severly over priced.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98e7b3a8) out of 5 stars great! but not acceptable price wise 9 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a great source but something should be done about it's cost. It is absolutely a must have for all architects but the price is something one hesitates about.
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