European Building Construction Illustrated

European Building Construction Illustrated
Francis DK Ching and Mark Mulville
Wiley, 472p, £34.99


Francis DK Ching and his simple line drawings have guided many students through a plethora of architectural elements in his Visual Dictionary of Architecture. In more recent years he applied that clarity to building construction. Here, in a welcome move, he collaborates with architectural technologist, Mark Mulville from the University of Greenwich, to tailor it to Europe. This is a comprehensive primer. So on the page devoted to green roofing, a drawing shows the build up of a roof, major types of system by vegetation are discussed and their value as an urban heat sink mentioned. The book attempts to lay out simply standards such as BREEAM as well as the Building Regulations, which will date it most quickly. It clarifies the language of construction; and is a first port of call when you are considering new details.   - Eleanor Young

Latest

We asked five leading architectural figures to recommend a favourite book. Nick Newman, climate activist and director of Studio Bark, hopes his will galvanise architects into more positive action

On Fire by Naomi Klein is a wake-up call for architects to fight climate change

RIBAJ asked five leading architectural figures to recommend a book in the run-up to Christmas. Owen Hopkins of the Centre for Architecture and Cities at Newcastle University chose this perceptive analysis of the impact of emerging technologies

Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life, will give you pause for thought

RIBAJ asked five leading architectural figures to name their favourite books of the year. Here Annalie Riches, founding director of Stirling-winning Mikhail Riches, describes finding a seed of hope amid our catastrophic loss of species

Story of a farm’s rewilding should be a spur to architects

In the run-up to Christmas we asked five architectural figures to name their favourite books. Matthew Barnett Howland of CSK Architects describes rediscovering In Praise of Shadows

In Praise of Shadows makes us rethink our Western obsession with light and clean lines

In the run-up to Christmas we asked five leading architectural figures to recommend a favourite book. Tszwai So, director of Spheron Architects, says his choice has made him approach his projects very differently

Understanding the science of emotions can change the way you practise