8 Book Gifts for Smart Building Nerds

December 18, 2015
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The New Net Zero by Bill Maclay

From Amazon: The new threshold for green building is not just low energy, it’s net-zero energy. In The New Net Zero, sustainable architect Bill Maclay charts the path for designers and builders interested in exploring green design’s new frontier net-zero-energy structures that produce as much energy as they consume and are carbon neutral.

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The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings (TED Books)

From Amazon: A pavilion made from paper. A building that eats smog. An inflatable concert hall. A research lab that can walk through snow. We’re entering a new age in architecture—one where we expect our buildings to deliver far more than just shelter. We want buildings that inspire us while helping the environment; buildings that delight our senses while serving the needs of a community; buildings made possible both by new technology and repurposed materials.

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The Story of Buildings: From the Pyramids to the Sidney Opera House and Beyond by Patrick Dillon

From Amazon: We spend most of our lives in buildings. We make our homes in them. We go to school in them. We work in them. But why and how did people start making buildings? How did they learn to make them stronger, bigger, and more comfortable?

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The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing by Adam Greenfield

From Amazon: Ubiquitous computing–almost imperceptible, but everywhere around us–is rapidly becoming a reality. How will it change us? How can we shape its emergence? Smart buildings, smart furniture, smart clothing… even smart bathtubs. networked street signs and self-describing soda cans. Gestural interfaces like those seen inMinority Report. The RFID tags now embedded in everything from credit cards to the family pet.


Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia by Anthony M. Townsend

From Amazon: We live in a world defined by urbanization and digital ubiquity, where mobile broadband connections outnumber fixed ones, machines dominate a new “internet of things,” and more people live in cities than in the countryside. In Smart Cities, urbanist and technology expert Anthony Townsend takes a broad historical look at the forces that have shaped the planning and design of cities and information technologies from the rise of the great industrial cities of the nineteenth century to the present.

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Architecture According to Pigeons by Stella Gurney

From Amazon: Architecture According to Pigeons is a fun, lively introduction for children to world’s most beautiful buildings. In this delightful book, Speck Lee Tailfeather reveals that he and his fellow pigeons are in fact great aficionados of architecture. Speck delivers his account of a journey around the globe, offering a “bird’s eye view” of the Colosseum, the Taj Mahal, Golden Gate Bridge, the Sydney Opera House, the Eiffel Tower, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, and dozens of other buildings to delight children and parents alike.


Rise of the Skyscraper: 1865-1913 by Sarah Bradford Landau

From Amazon: This work surveys the early days of the New York skyscraper up to 1913. It investigates the role of engineers in skyscraper construction, the evolution of the metal frame, fireproofing technology, and the relation of form and style features to site conditions and building code provisions.

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If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen

From Amazon: Jack is ready to build the house of his dreams, complete with a racetrack, flying room, and gigantic slide. Jack’s limitless creativity and infectious enthusiasm will inspire budding young inventors to imagine their own fantastical designs.

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