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The Architect Portable Handbook First Step of Thumb for Building Design 9th Edition by Pat Guthrie | PDF Free Download.
The concept of this book is that of a personal tool that compacts the 20% of the data that is needed 80% of the time by design professionals in the preliminary design of buildings of all types and sizes and of the spaces between.
This tool is meant to always be at one’s fingertips (open on a drawing board or desk, carried in a briefcase, or kept in one’s pocket). It is never meant to sit on a bookshelf.
It is meant to be used every day! Because design professionals are individualistic and their practices are so varied, the user is encouraged to individualize this book over time, by adding notes or changing data as experience dictates.
The addition of rough construction costs throughout the book (making this type of handbook truly unique) will date the data. But building laws, new technologies, and materials are changing just as fast.
Therefore, this book should be looked on as a starter of simple data collection that must be updated over time. New editions may be published in the future.
Seep. 43 for more information on costs. Because this book is so broad in scope, yet so compact, information can be presented only at one place and not repeated.
Examples of how to use the information are provided throughout. Information is presented in the form of simple ratios or coefficients that replace the need for commonsense judgment.
The whole book is laid out in checklist format, to be quickly read and checked against the design problem at hand.
Where is shown, refer to p. 657–660 for further explanation of references. “Notes” pages appear throughout, on which the user is encouraged to keep further information in the form of notes or sketches.
This book is not a substitute for professional expertise or other books of a more detailed and specialized nature but will be a continuing everyday aid that takes the more useful “cream” off the top of other sources
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