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Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities: A Global Assessment

Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities Urbanization, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities

Designing Adaptive Virtual Worlds

Designing adaptive virtual worlds takes the design of virtual places for education, entertainment, online communities, business, and cultural activities to a new level. This book presents an agent model for a design grammar so that unique places can be created responding to the changing needs in the virtual world. Applying these techniques has immediate implications on the design of games.

100 Contractor House Plans Construction Blueprints - Spec Homes, Cabins, Condos, 4 Plexs and Custom Homes

100 Contractor House Plans Construction Blueprints is a catalog of home plans built into a kindle book. All styles of homes are in this book

Spec Home Plans

Cabins Plans


4 Plexs

Custom Homes

Small Starter Homes

This book is a catalog of home plans for Specialized Design Systems

100 House plan Spec sheets and renderings of homes that have been designed and drawn by the author. In the book you are shown how to get full house plans that are ready for construction for as low as $1 per plan if purchased as a set on DVD on or $20 each if downloaded individually. This is a great set of plans for any contractor or do it yourself people that are looking to save money on plans from high end custom homes to smaller starter homes or cabins.

Kaleidoscope City: Reflections on Planning and London

Published after a century of professional planning in the United Kingdom, Kaleidoscope City brings together short, accessible and engaging opinions from leading practitioners and theorists in the built environment.

Looking to both the past and the future, it raises important and often emotive questions about the design and development of our cities with a particular focus on London. How should we balance economic growth with environmental protection? How big is too big? Edited by prominent urbanist, Jonathan Manns, the work opens and energises debates in urban planning and development in a manner that is locally focussed but globally relevant. Informing and inspiring, it voices the spectrum of opinion which exists at the start of the twenty-first century. This should therefore become required reading for all those with an interest in the future of our cities.

"London, as one of the world's great cities, has many lessons for all of us, and the breadth and scope of this book makes it an invaluable study for anyone concerned with future proofing our built environment."

Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney

"All readers, whatever their personal views, will find much to stimulate their thinking in this book. Its focus and relevance will help us think more clearly about important issues both in London and around the world."

Steve Quartermain, Chief Planner, Department for Communities & Local Government

"This well-crafted book expertly opens debate and offers suggestions to meeting the challenges of planning for the future in a rapidly growing city, constrained by space but striving to remain at the world's top table."

Nick Whitten, News Editor, Estates Gazette

About the Author

Jonathan Manns is a chartered Planner and Surveyor who provides specialist advice on the use and development of property and has advised on various major development proposals both in London and elsewhere. From design to delivery, he advises public and private sector clients on the planning process, sits on several professional committees, and speaks and publishes both in the UK and overseas. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Urban Regeneration & Renewal and has commented extensively in Europe, Asia and the USA. He actively engages both public and professional audiences on planning matters; including as RTPI Ambassador, Expert Advisor to Grand Designs Live and Trustee of the London Society. He has represented the Royal Town Planning Institute at the London Planning and Development Forum since 2008 and at the former RIBA London Urbanism & Planning Group. At the international level he has been a member of several Working Groups organised by the ECTP-CEU (European Council of Spatial Planners - Conseil Europeen des Urbanistes) with reports to the European Union's Committee of the Regions and as UK Chair for its review of The City Without Public Economic Funds (2013).

Secrets, Stories and Scandals of Ten Welsh Follies.

Secrets,Stories and Scandals of Ten Welsh Follies contains the stories behind ten weird and wonderful Welsh buildings.If you enjoy unusual tales, quirky human history and delight in the ridiculous and the vain you will enjoy this book. Discover why...

The undefeated American Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano lived in a Welsh Folly in Swansea.

6ft 3 inch Mr. Jones slept in a strange house in Conwy with his feet hanging out of the window.

A pipe smoking shipping magnate upset his wife and built a folly complete with battlements.

What possessed William Jones to build the strange folly that is Clytha Castle.

Why Lord Mostyn built a track through a house with a road underneath. His strange folly is still inhabited today.These are just a few of the entertaining Welsh Follies in this book. Discover why...

A deserted lighthouse on a golden sandy beach has a strange moaning statue at its top.

A future king turned his nose up when offered a stately folly castle.

There is a bizarre folly clock tower that looks like a lighthouse standing in the middle a boating lake in Cardiff.

A magnificent folly tower on Anglesey records the exploits of a one legged man.

Bodysgallen Obelisk has upset the neighbours.Discover who erected these strange buildings and why, what secrets lay hidden in their pasts and how they have been treated over the years. Folly hunters have researched odd and strange buildings but never before have the secrets of Welsh follies been told so entertainingly.

Every folly has a tale to tell about the special people who built them as if the follies themselves are a window into another age or world, one which is fun and well worth exploring.Scroll up, download this free eBook today and give your chuckle muscles some exercise.

A Guide to Peterborough Cathedral Comprising a brief history of the monastery from its foundation to the present time, with a descriptive account of its ... Britton, and original & authentic documents

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

History as commemoration

This 4hour free course explored history as commemoration, the notion of history as selective and the meaning and role of 'facts' in history.

Commemoration: Visual texts

This 4hour free course explored the commemoration of war and interpretation of 'visual texts' through two war memorials.

War memorials and commemoration

This 4hour free course explored processes of study and key concepts in the arts and humanities using the theme of commemoration and memorials.

Durable past - sustainable future

The section Heritage & Architecture of the Faculty of Architecture at Delft University of Technology deals with the built environment in terms of conservation, refurbishment and re-use. Reflecting the department philosophy, this book focuses on the durability and sustainability of existing buildings (heritage in a broad sense, from historic buildings to listed monuments), considered in terms of material and building techniques, form and function, and part of the wider context of sites and cities. At the basis stands the Heritage triangle: Design - Cultural value - Technology.

Strategic investment of embodied energy during the architectural planning process

This year's fifth issue of A+BE outlines the relevance of the building substance as factor for the overall sustainable performance of the built environment. It wants to sensibilize the designer for the ecological dimension of planning decisions and to show how to optimize them. Design and construction of buildings include harvesting resources and producing emissions and stating a burden to nature. This can be perceived equivalent to a financial investment where the monetary value has to express adequately the real one. The planning decision has an ecological value which must justify its relevance by function and has to be optimized within its scope. Environmental impact and desired building quality must be alanced in order to establish a sustainable solution. All means to optimize need to be evaluated. In order to do so the designer needs to be aware of his impact and has to strategically invest embodied energy during the architectural planning process.

Architecture Reading Sampler: Book Excerpts by Lesley Bain, Meg Calkins, James Vandezande, Chuck Eastman, Saleh Mubarak

The 2012 Architecture Reading Sampler includes select material from six Wiley Architecture & Design titles. The material that is included for each selection is the book's full Table of Contents as well as the first chapter. If you would like to read more from these books, you can purchase the full book or e-book at your favorite online retailer.Living Streets / 9780470903810

The Sustainable Sites Handbook / 9780470643556

Sustainable Renovation / 9780470872611

Mastering Autodesk Revit Architecture 2012 / 9780470937495

BIM Handbook / 9780470541371

How to Estimate with RSMeans Data / 9781118025284

Understanding culture in territorial management and its implications for spatial planning.: The case of floodplain management in urbanised delta regions in the Netherlands and Thailand

This study presents and applies an integrative conceptual framework which is used to explain how culture, planning policy and territorial management outcomes are interrelated, and what the implications are for spatial planning. The study investigates territorial development processes in the context of floodplain management in urbanised delta regions. This specific context is selected because of its strong relations between physical attributes and spatial planning activities. The analysis is carried out based on a comparative approach at two levels. At the cross-national level, the Rhine-Meuse delta region in the Netherlands and the Chaophraya delta region in Thailand are used as case studies. The comparative approach is useful for this study because culture can be best understood in a relative form. The sub-national analysis emphasises comparison of floodplain management in three selected districts in the Chaophraya delta region. Besides the theoretical contribution, this study contributes methodologically through development of a common conceptual framework that can be applied to the analysis of various issues in territorial management, which is not limited only to the subject studied here.

Heritage-based design

Exploring Cultural Identities in Jean Rhys' Fiction

Exploring Cultural Identities in Jean Rhys' Writings seeks to circumscribe Jean Rhys' work within a paradigm that reflects the search for a cultural identity so specific to postcolonial literature. The book carries out an examination of the relationship between hybrid identities, self and otherness and of several situations of existential ambivalence that work on the border between sign (colonial difference) and symbol (imperial authority).