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Study Guide for The Codes Guidebook for Interiors, 6th Edition

Gain a reflexive knowledge of interior codes with this comprehensive study guide The Codes Guidebook for Interiors is the industry's reference of choice, with complete coverage of all codes and standards that apply to interiors. This Study Guide provides a thorough review of The Codes Guidebook, complete with practice questions, code tables, and checklists, helping designers and architects prepare for the NCIDQ and ARE exams. Designed as a companion to The Codes Guidebook 6th Edition, this guide covers the latest requirements, standards, terminology, and federal regulations, including the 2012 ICC, changes to the ADA standards, and ICC/ASI requirements-as well as expanded information on green construction. Readers get the opportunity to test their understanding of interior codes and think more deeply about real-world applications. It's essential that designers and architects have an up-to-date working knowledge of the various codes involved with building interiors, whether during renovation or new construction. This Study Guide helps increase retention and recall of the information presented in The Codes Guidebook, by enabling readers to: Learn key terms chapter by chapter Test code knowledge with practice questions and problem scenarios Refer to code tables during the design process Use included checklists to ensure complete compliance The Codes Guidebook is an essential reference for all interior professionals, and this Study Guide provides a concise review. Useful as exam prep or even just as a self-test, this guide distills the original's exhaustive information into manageable chunks. For the designer, architect, or student, the Study Guide for The Codes Guidebook for Interiors is a must-have resource for complete code comprehension.

Road User Charges Based on Mileage Considerations and Viability

A mileage-based road user charge would involve assessing owners of individual vehicles on a per-mile basis for the distance the vehicle is driven. Currently, federal highway and public transportation programs are funded mainly by motor fuel tax receipts that flow into the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). The tax rates, set on a per-gallon basis, have not been raised since 1993, and receipts have been insufficient to support the transportation programs authorized by Congress since FY2008. The long-term viability of motor fuels taxes is also questionable because of increasing vehicle fuel efficiency and the wider use of electric vehicles. Economists have favored the use of mileage-based user charges as an alternative to motor fuels taxes to support highway funding. This book examines considerations and viability of road user charges based on mileage

Placemaking An Urban Design Methodology

End-users provide the most valuable perspective and insights into how public social space should function. Much of the failure of urban settings can be related to over-structured urban environments which deterministically prescribe usage, constraining instead of enabling socio-spatial performance. Planning decisions by specialists should be made with the participation of the end-user to minimise uncertainty as far as possible, creating enabling environments. Placemaking: An Urban Design Methodology presents a methodology that evaluates the preferences of urban dwellers and synthesises these with the planning specialist’s expertise, better representing all views. Author Derek Thomas integrates the Sondheim Methodology with means to understanding cultural clues to create a matrix methodology that links planning primers with planning actions. A unique new tool for community planners, this book emphasises the importance of the community while taking into account the expertise of the planner in creating public spaces.

Introduction to Indian Architecture

Take a journey through Indian architecture from the dawn of civilization to the present with this colorful, attractive survey. Styles examined here include Hindu, Jain, Mughal (Islamic) and colonial (British) architecture, culminating in landmarks still existent today. Themes such as water architecture and the architecture of science also figure prominently, giving many westerners their first glimpse of these styles. The informative text, complemented by 400 photographs, watercolors, maps and plans, provide compelling evidence of India's influence on building design throughout history.

Compiling Algorithms for Heterogeneous Systems

Most emerging applications in imaging and machine learning must perform immense amounts of computation while holding to strict limits on energy and power. To meet these goals, architects are building increasingly specialized compute engines tailored for these specific tasks. The resulting computer systems are heterogeneous, containing multiple processing cores with wildly different execution models. Unfortunately, the cost of producing this specialized hardware-and the software to control it-is astronomical. Moreover, the task of porting algorithms to these heterogeneous machines typically requires that the algorithm be partitioned across the machine and rewritten for each specific architecture, which is time consuming and prone to error. Over the last several years, the authors have approached this problem using domain-specific languages (DSLs): high-level programming languages customized for specific domains, such as database manipulation, machine learning, or image processing. By giving up generality, these languages are able to provide high-level abstractions to the developer while producing high performance output. The purpose of this book is to spur the adoption and the creation of domain-specific languages, especially for the task of creating hardware designs. In the first chapter, a short historical journey explains the forces driving computer architecture today. Chapter 2 describes the various methods for producing designs for accelerators, outlining the push for more abstraction and the tools that enable designers to work at a higher conceptual level. From there, Chapter 3 provides a brief introduction to image processing algorithms and hardware design patterns for implementing them. Chapters 4 and 5 describe and compare Darkroom and Halide, two domain-specific languages created for image processing that produce high-performance designs for both FPGAs and CPUs from the same source code, enabling rapid design cycles and quick porting of algorithms. The final section describes how the DSL approach also simplifies the problem of interfacing between application code and the accelerator by generating the driver stack in addition to the accelerator configuration. This book should serve as a useful introduction to domain-specialized computing for computer architecture students and as a primer on domain-specific languages and image processing hardware for those with more experience in the field.

Building an Intuitive Multimodal Interface for a Smart Home Hunting the SNARK (Human-Computer Interaction Series)

This book describes an innovative approach to the interaction between humans and a smart environment; an attempt to get a smart home to understand intuitive, multi-modal, human-centred communication. State of the art smart homes, like other “smart” technology, tend to demand that the human user must adapt herself to the needs of the system. The hunt for a truly user-centred, truly intuitive system has long proven to be beyond the grasp of current technology. When humans speak with one another, we are multimodal. Our speech is supplemented with gestures, which serve as a parallel stream of information, reinforcing the meaning of our words. Drawing on well-established protocols in engineering and psychology, and with no small amount of inspiration from a particular nonsense poem, we have successfully concluded that hunt. This book describes the efforts, undertaken over several years, to design, implement, and test a model of interaction that allows untrained individuals to intuitively control a complex series of networked and embedded systems. The theoretical concepts are supported by a series of experimental studies, showing the advantages of the novel approach, and pointing towards future work that would facilitate the deployment of this concept in the real world.

Basics Lighting Design
Basics Lighting Design Sented by Michael

Daylight is the most important element determining the mood and appearance of architecture, more so than all construction materials. In office buildings in particular, the good provision of daylight and matching artificial lighting installations make an important contribution to energy conservation ? the better the use made of daylight, the less energy has to be consumed for artificial lighting. For this reason, typical architectural concepts have changed in recent years; enclosed buildings with full air-conditioning have increasingly made way to buildings that respond to the climate conditions of their environment, thereby using only a much reduced amount of energy without compromising on comfort. The BASICS Lighting Design volume includes the most important principles of daylight and artificial lighting design. Selection of subjects covered: Sizes and units Building concept design principles (layout design, building orientation and facade structure) Lighting design concepts Current daylighting and artificial lighting systems Solar screening Directing dayligh

Architecture and Politics in Republican Rome

Architecture and Politics in Republican Rome is the first book to explore the intersection between Roman Republican building practices and politics (c.509-44 BCE). At the start of the period, architectural commissions were carefully controlled by the political system; by the end, buildings were so widely exploited and so rhetorically powerful that Cassius Dio cited abuse of visual culture among the reasons that propelled Julius Caesar's colleagues to murder him in order to safeguard the Republic. In an engaging and wide-ranging text, Penelope J. E. Davies traces the journey between these two points, as politicians developed strategies to manoeuver within the system's constraints. She also explores the urban development and image of Rome, setting out formal aspects of different types of architecture and technological advances such as the mastery of concrete. Elucidating a rich corpus of buildings that have been poorly understand, Davies demonstrates that Republican architecture was much more than a formal precursor to that of imperial Rome.

Victorian Woodturnings and Woodwork (Dover Architecture)

Reproduced from a rare original, this 1893 catalog offers nearly 800 detailed and authentic illustrations of superior-quality woodturnings and woodwork. In addition to its conventional examples, it features varied and unusual models of the Victorian style, including stairs, stair railings and balusters, and newel posts; mantels; turned porch and veranda work; gables and window hoods; ventilators; rosettes and other wooden ornaments; and moldings and interior finish. An excellent guide for woodturners and cabinetmakers, this volume also provides an inspiring and instructive resource for architects, preservationists, designers, and students of Victoriana.

The Log Cabin An American Icon
The Log Cabin An American Icon Sented by Michael

For roughly a century, the log cabin occupied a central and indispensable role in the rapidly growing United States. Although it largely disappeared as a living space, it lived on as a symbol of the settling of the nation. In her thought-provoking and generously illustrated new book, Alison Hoagland looks at this once-common dwelling as a practical shelter solution--easy to construct, built on the frontier’s abundance of trees, and not necessarily meant to be permanent--and its evolving place in the public memory. Hoagland shows how the log cabin was a uniquely adaptable symbol, responsive to the needs of the cultural moment. It served as the noble birthplace of presidents, but it was also seen as the basest form of housing, accommodating the lowly poor. It functioned as a paragon of domesticity, but it was also a basic element in the life of striving and wandering. Held up as a triumph of westward expansion, it was also perceived as a building type to be discarded in favor of more civilized forms. In the twentieth century, the log cabin became ingrained in popular culture, serving as second homes and motels, as well as restaurants and shops striking a rustic note. The romantic view of the past, combined with the log cabin’s simplicity, solidity, and compatibility with nature, has made it an enduring architectural and cultural icon. Preparation of this volume has been supported by Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund

Road User Charges Based on Mileage Considerations and Viability

by Jacqeline Russell (Editor) A mileage-based road user charge would involve assessing owners of individual vehicles on a per-mile basis for the distance the vehicle is driven. Currently, federal highway and public transportation programs are funded mainly by motor fuel tax receipts that flow into the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). The tax rates, set on a per-gallon basis, have not been raised since 1993, and receipts have been insufficient to support the transportation programs authorized by Congress since FY2008. The long-term viability of motor fuels taxes is also questionable because of increasing vehicle fuel efficiency and the wider use of electric vehicles. Economists have favored the use of mileage-based user charges as an alternative to motor fuels taxes to support highway funding. This book examines considerations and viability of road user charges based on mileage

Principles and Practice of Engineering Architectural Engineering Sample Questions and Solutions

Principles and Practice of Engineering: Architectural Sample Questions and Solutions is an essential resource to assist candidates who are preparing for the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) examination in architectural engineering. The handbook is prepared by the Architectural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (AEI of ASCE). As an added benefit, all the listed questions are in the actual test format, which consists of 80 multiple-choice questions, administered in two 4-hour sessions. Each answer is provided with solutions that provide test takers with strategies to successfully complete the exam. This book specifies the exam content area for subjects that were identified for architectural engineering. Each question content area is assigned an approximate percentage of the exam that reflects the frequency and importance to the practice of architectural engineering.

Hydraulic Design of Labyrinth Weirs

A labyrinth weir is a series of duckbill spillways for controlling the flow of water over a dam or channel. This slim volume compares the crest shapes used on weirs, identifies considerations for designing downstream chutes and dealing with sedimentation, explores general guidelines for parameter selection, and offers an Excel spreadsheet for performing calculations. The advanced level of the book makes it most appropriate for practicing engineers. Annotation © Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Building Information Modeling Automated Code Checking and Compliance Processes

This book will focus on how engineers, architects, and construction practitioners can benefit from automating code checking in building design. It will focus on building regulations-checking mechanisms that are defined by the relationship among various design and engineering information management and Building Information Modeling (BIM) systems, and how this automation will assist to streamline communication and dissemination of building design information among stakeholders. It will also explore the strengths and limitations for automating building regulatory compliance as well as proposing practical approaches for automating the building code and standards checking process in BIM workflow.

Miracle Mile in Los Angeles: History and Architecture

The world-famous Miracle Mile in Los Angeles was shaped into a great commercial and cultural district by the city's tremendous urban expansion in the early twentieth century. Its origins along Wilshire Boulevard are directly related to the twin LA booms in auto travel and real estate ventures. Once the home of such famous stores as the May Company, Silverwood's, Coulter's and Desmond's, as well as Streamline Moderne and Art Deco architecture, Miracle Mile has boasted the La Brea Tar Pits and Farmer's Market, Gilmore Field and CBS Television City, as well as Pan Pacific Park and Museum Row. Join author Ruth Wallach, head of the University of Southern California's Architecture and Fine Arts Library, for this tour through the most emblematic neighborhood of twentieth-century Los Angeles development.

Essential Earthbag Construction The Complete Step-by-Step Guide (Sustainable Building Essentials Series)

Earthbag construction - building with polypropylene bags usually filled with earthen materials - is a versatile, easy-to-master, low-impact, and highly durable form of building, suitable for structures from houses to root cellars. Containing over 75 photos and illustrations, Essential Earthbag Construction is a practical guide to this affordable method of building. Going well beyond the scope of other sources, this indispensable manual is packed with all the information you need to determine if it's the right choice for your project, and to start building. Distilling decades of experience, research, and best practices, it covers: Material specifications, performance, and when and where to use it Pros and cons of different fills from gravel, to earth and clay, to insulative perlite, rice hulls, and volcanic stone Illustrated, step-by-step guidance for efficient bag filling and installation Details for various designs, including domes and arches Foundation options and seismic and stability considerations Finishing and maintenance techniques Tools and materials Additional resources. Essential Earthbag Construction presents the practical guidance and best practices for both the DIYer and professional to design and build high-quality earthbag structures.

Choice Architecture: A new approach to behavior, design, and wellness

From Vitruvius in the 1st century BCE on, there has been an attempt to understand how architecture works, especially in its poetic aspect but also in its basic functions. Design can encourage us to walk, to experience community, to imagine new ways of being, and can affect countless other choices we make that shape our health and happiness. Using the ideas of rational choice theory and behavioral economics, Choice Architecture shows how behavior, design, and wellness are deeply interconnected. As active agents, we choose our responses to the architectural meanings we encounter based on our perception of our individual contexts. The book offers a way to approach the design of spaces for human flourishing and explains in rich detail how the potential of the built environment to influence our well-being can be realized.

Calvinism A Very Short Introduction

In this Very Short Introduction, Jon Balserak explores major ideas associated with the Calvinist system of thought. Beginning during the Protestant Reformation in cities like Zurich, Geneva, and Basel, Calvinism - also known as Reformed Theology - spread rapidly throughout Europe and the New World, eventually making its way to the African Continent and the East. Balserak examines how Calvinist thought and practice spread and took root, helping shape church and society. Much of contemporary thought, especially western thought, on everything from theology to civil government, economics, the arts, work and leisure, education, and the family has been influenced by Calvinism. Balserak explores this influence. He also examines common misconceptions and objections to Calvinism, and sets forth a Calvinist understanding of God, the world, humankind, and the meaning of life. The work concludes with a chronology of important events and an extensive bibliography for further reading.

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