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More editions of Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the 2012 International Building Code:

  • Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the International Building Code
    ISBN 0471099805 (0-471-09980-5)
    Softcover, Wiley

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    Get this practical, illustrated guide to the International Building Code.

    With the publication of the new International Building Code, the building industry is moving toward a single universal set of construction codes, rather than the three regional codes previously in use. Now more than ever, architects need an interpretive guide to understand how the building code affects the early design of specific projects. This unique reference blends the graphic skills of bestselling author Francis Ching with the code expertise of Steven Winkel. They closely examine the portions of the building code most relevant to the architect and provide a simple and practical interpretation using both words and illustrations. All of the changes in the code are explained in simple, user-friendly language so you'll get up to speed quickly and easily. Order your copy today.

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  • Building Codes Illustrated for Healthcare Facilities: A Guide to Understanding the 2006 International Building Code
    ISBN 0470048476 (0-470-04847-6)
    Softcover, Wiley

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    Now more than ever, architects need an interpretive guide to understand how the building code affects the early design of specific projects. This easy-to-use, illustrative guide is part of a new series covering building codes based on the International Building Code for 2006. This book presents the complex code issues inherent to healthcare facility design in a clear, easily understandable format.

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  • Ching, Francis D. K.: Building Codes Illustrated, Book and WileyCPE.com course bundle
  • Building Construction Illustrated
    by Francis D.K. Ching
    ISBN 0442215320 (0-442-21532-0)
    Softcover, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co.

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    Inventory # 26870-- Building Construction Illustrated by Cassandra Adams and Francis D. K. Ching (1991, Paperback, Enlarged) Format: Paperback ISBN-10: 0442234988- Publisher: Van Norstrand-Reinhold- Condition: used, (fair) a small amount of highlighting, a couple of small stains on the first couple of pages, a couple of pages in the center of the book loosening from the binding (All photos and or scans of my items are of the actual item offered for your consideration)

  • Building Structures Illustrated: Patterns, Systems, and Design
    by Francis D.K. Ching
    ISBN 0470187859 (0-470-18785-9)
    Softcover, Wiley

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    Francis D.K.Ching brings his trademark presentation to the structural design studio with this major new work co-authored by Barry Onouye and Douglas Zuberbuhler.

    Taking a new approach to strucural design, Ching and his co-authors show how structural systems of a building -- as an integrated assembly of elements with pattern, proportions, and scale -- are related to the essential aspects of architectural design: formal and spatial composition, program fit, coordination with other building systems such as enclosure and mechanical systems, code compliance, etc.

    No other work by Francis D.K. Ching brings together so many aspects of architectural design as an integrated reference. Designers, builders, and students alike will gain a new understanding of structural principles and planning, without the need for mathematics.

    Using Ching's trademark presentation, Structural Patterns is illustrated throughout with line drawings to present the essential presence of structural systems in buildings, but also helps the reader make informed decisions for architectural design.

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  • Design Drawing
    by Francis D.K. Ching
    ISBN 0470533692 (0-470-53369-2)
    Softcover, Wiley

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    This is comprehensive introduction to drawing and more sheds new light on the relationship between perception, drawing, and design. Design Drawing covers the traditional basics of drawing, including line, shape, tone, and space. The supplemental CD-ROM contains information and instruction that elucidates a broad range of design drawing concepts through animation, video, and three-dimensional models. Intended for use with the book or as a stand-alone product, the CD-ROM includes 25 interactive lessons which demonstrate concepts and techniques in a way that a 2-D book format cannot.

  • Design Drawing - Textbook Only
    by Francis D.K. Ching
    ISBN 0003482553 (0-00-348255-3)
    Softcover, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated

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    This is comprehensive introduction to drawing and more sheds new light on the relationship between perception, drawing, and design. Design Drawing covers the traditional basics of drawing, including line, shape, tone, and space. The supplemental CD-ROM contains information and instruction that elucidates a broad range of design drawing concepts through animation, video, and three-dimensional models. Intended for use with the book or as a stand-alone product, the CD-ROM includes 25 interactive lessons which demonstrate concepts and techniques in a way that a 2-D book format cannot.

  • Drawing: A Creative Process
    by Francis D.K. Ching
    ISBN 047128968X (0-471-28968-X)
    Softcover, Wiley

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    "Drawing relies on a clear vision. It also requires thought which, in, turn, builds understanding. Drawing cannot be detached from seeing and thinking about the fundamental nature of the subject matter being represented. The knowledge and understanding gained through drawing from life directly enhances our ability to draw from the imagination. Just as thought can be put into words, ideas can be made visible in a drawing to promote visual thinking and further stimulate the imagination. Once what is seen or imagined is made visible in a drawing, the image takes on a life of its own and communicates graphically. However eloquently or crudely, all drawings, speak to the eye." From the Preface . Francis D.K. Ching

  • Ching, Francis D. K.: Form: WITH Design
    Form: WITH Design
    by Francis D.K. Ching
    ISBN 0471445533 (0-471-44553-3)
    Softcover, John Wiley & Sons

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  • A Global History of Architecture
    by Francis D.K. Ching
    ISBN 0471268925 (0-471-26892-5)
    Hardcover, Wiley

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    From ancient Chinese civilization to the postmodern world


    Organized along a global timeline, A Global History of Architecture presents an innovative approach to the study of architectural history. Spanning from 3,500 B.C.E. to the present, this unique guide is written by an all-star team of architectural experts in their fields who emphasize the connections, contrasts, and influences of architectural movements throughout history. The architectural history of the world comes to life through a unified framework for interpreting and understanding architecture, supplemented by rich drawings from the renowned Frank Ching as well as brilliant photographs.

    Architecture and art history enthusiasts will find A Global History of Architecture perpetually at their fingertips.

  • Home Renovation
    by Francis D.K. Ching
    ISBN 0471288691 (0-471-28869-1)
    Softcover, Wiley

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    Home Renovation Frank Ching & Dale E. Miller How to transform your home into a more functional, comfortable, and pleasing environment is fully explained here and illustrated by Frank Ching's delightful graphics. Far more than a "project" book, this guide melds useful construction information with important planning and design ideas that should precede any decision to renovate or remodel your home. Practical steps are given for:
    * documenting one's present home and evaluating current and future needs.
    * improving existing space through use of light, color, window and door modifications, wall rearrangement, and furnishings
    * converting attics, basements, garages and porches into livable rooms
    * adding space to various rooms by altering foundations, floors, walls and roof
    * remodeling or adding kitchens and bathrooms
    Home Renovation is unique in its coverage of both the planning and construction of any home alteration. It is hand lettered throughout in Frank Ching's inimitable style.

  • Ching, Francis D. K.: Interior Design Illustration Revised Ed
  • Sketches from Japan
    by Francis D.K. Ching
    ISBN 047136360X (0-471-36360-X)
    Hardcover, Wiley

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    Sketches from Japan is the charming record of an eminent architect's visit to Tokyo and Kyoto. Each day Francis Ching would walk downtown, past temples and through residential districts, recording his visual impressions with a fine pen. He delights in the juxtapositions of old and new, hard-edged and organic, plain and richly textured, that are nowhere more striking than in a modern Japanese city. His freehand line drawings capture the essence of springtime Japan--more successfully than photographs, perhaps, through the isolation of elements and elimination of details inherent in the sketching process. The dark wood of an ancient gateway is emphasized by drawing the surrounding trees only in profile; the shaggy outline of a thatch roof suggests its straw surface as clearly as a completed study. The artist places each drawing in context with a few articulate sentences; he includes some gentle lessons on drawing and geometry, but the text is not didactic. The intimacy of many of the scenes--small interiors, architectural details, people strolling down narrow streets--is enhanced by the informality of the pen-and-ink medium. The monochromatic line treatment is in keeping with traditional Japanese sumi-ink drawings. The book also continues a tradition set by 18th-century haiku poets and artists such as Buson and Taiga, who recorded their journeys in combinations of diary and sketchbook. Sketches from Japan is a small-scale gem, and we can learn as much from it as from many more elaborate photographic studies and coffee-table books. --John Stevenson

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  • A Visual Dictionary of Architecture
    by Francis D.K. Ching
    ISBN 0442024622 (0-442-02462-2)
    Softcover, Van Nostrand Reinhold

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    A Letter from Author Francis D.K. Ching
    Author Francis D.K. Ching
    The idea for a visual dictionary of architecture evolved slowly over a number of years as I taught in the design studio, read books and articles, and confronted terms that were either new to me, were being used in sometimes contradictory ways, or simply tossed out with the assumption that everyone knew what they meant. And so I often asked myself what did these terms really mean?

    Of course, there were already general dictionaries that supplied these meanings if one bothered to look them up, and for more discipline-specific terms, there were architectural, historical, and construction dictionaries available. But few had more than a smattering of illustrations. And since architecture is such a visual art, I believed there was a need for a truly visual dictionary. The few visual dictionaries that were available simply named various things and their constituent parts but neglected to supply definitions and meanings. So there was this void to be filled.

    The initial phase of the project, of course, consisted of gathering essential architectural terms and their definitions from various sources. For many, I had to reference textbooks to more fully understand the meaning of a term and then to compose a concise yet accurate definition. At times, defining one term required including other terms embedded in the definition. This led to a natural nesting of terms into sets.

    As I continued to compile terms and thought about the project, it became clear that I wanted to not only properly define architectural terms but also gather them in a way that related the terms to each other in a logical and hierarchical way, using both illustrations as well as relative positioning on a page to convey these relationships. So then the truly challenging and fun part of the project was to see how I could organize the terms in such a way that their groupings into sections and subsections made sense.

    To do this, I started with fairly obvious divisions, such as design and structures. Once the fundamental term was defined, I then arranged related terms in a hierarchical fashion. For example, design can be defined both as a process and a product, which led to two different sections. In the case of structures, I began with the basic idea of a structure and related concepts that applied to all structures, regardless of material or scale. The second level of terms began with basic types of structural elements, such as arches and beams, and structural systems, such as frames and plate structures, each of which deserved its own section.

    Historical terms created its own set of problems regarding inclusion and proper placement. While some terms may be considered obsolete, they remained, in my view, useful as points of reference or retained a certain charm.

    Once I had identified the major sections of the dictionary and assigned each term to one of the sections, I imported them into Pagemaker and began laying out the terms and definitions on each page according to their relationships to each other.

    I then printed the page out and laid tracing paper over the page and roughed out ideas for illustrations. In many cases, this necessitated moving some of the terms and their definitions around. I then did the final drawings for each page on a single sheet with leader lines and arrows. After these sheets of drawings were scanned, I placed the scans in Pagemaker and adjusted the terms and definitions further to fit. In this second edition, I used Photoshop to eliminate the leader lines and arrows and used the lines and arrows within InDesign. This gave me some leeway in the placement of the images.

    It has been a pleasure to develop this second edition and I hope the spirit and flavor of the first edition endures the inclusion of current technology.

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