Category Archives: Books

imagine 10|RAPIDS 2.0

///imagine 10|RAPIDS 2.0 In 2014, a 3D-printed Canal House by DUS architects was presented in Amsterdam to an amazed crowd – including U.S. president Barack Obama. The house proved the potentials of Additive Manufacturing for architecture and construction. This technique

imagine 10|RAPIDS 2.0

///imagine 10|RAPIDS 2.0 In 2014, a 3D-printed Canal House by DUS architects was presented in Amsterdam to an amazed crowd – including U.S. president Barack Obama. The house proved the potentials of Additive Manufacturing for architecture and construction. This technique

Glasbau – Grundlagen, Berechnungen, Konstruktion

///Glasbau – Grundlagen, Berechnungen, Konstruktion Second revised and updated version of the Glasbau construction guide by Jens Schneider, Johannes Kunsche, Sebastian Schula, Frank Schneider and Johann-Dietrich Wörner issued. Triggered by transparency and architectural imagination the material glass is developing as

Glasbau – Grundlagen, Berechnungen, Konstruktion

///Glasbau – Grundlagen, Berechnungen, Konstruktion Second revised and updated version of the Glasbau construction guide by Jens Schneider, Johannes Kunsche, Sebastian Schula, Frank Schneider and Johann-Dietrich Wörner issued. Triggered by transparency and architectural imagination the material glass is developing as

imagine 09. prototyping efnMOBILE

/// imagine 09. prototyping efnMOBILE From thinking skins to recyclable facades – the Prototyping efnMobile programme “emerging envelope” develops innovative facade constructions with international student teams of the European Facade Network (EFN). The inspiring energy of workshops and 1:1 mock-up buildings

imagine 09. prototyping efnMOBILE

/// imagine 09. prototyping efnMOBILE From thinking skins to recyclable facades – the Prototyping efnMobile programme “emerging envelope” develops innovative facade constructions with international student teams of the European Facade Network (EFN). The inspiring energy of workshops and 1:1 mock-up buildings

imagine 08 – Concretable

/// imagine 08 – Concretable When thinking of concrete the general association is that the material is heavy, hard, cold – and in a sense brutal. For certain building eras it seems valid to say that concrete is an allegory for inconsideration in public

imagine 08 – Concretable

/// imagine 08 – Concretable When thinking of concrete the general association is that the material is heavy, hard, cold – and in a sense brutal. For certain building eras it seems valid to say that concrete is an allegory for inconsideration in public

Principles of Construction-Façades| New version

/// Principles of Construction-Facades | New version The new edition version of the educational book Facades of the Birkhäuser series is issued in 10.2014. Next to a general review the chapters “projects” and “future” are done new – to keep updated

Principles of Construction-Façades| New version

/// Principles of Construction-Facades | New version The new edition version of the educational book Facades of the Birkhäuser series is issued in 10.2014. Next to a general review the chapters “projects” and “future” are done new – to keep updated

Konstruktiver Glasbau 2

/// Konstruktiver Glasbau 2 Ulrich Knaack, Wilfried Führer, Jan Wurm Müller Verlag Köln 2000 Glass structures are becoming more interesting for designers and engineers due to the rapid development of the technology and it´s aesthetical potentials. This second book about glass

Konstruktiver Glasbau 2

/// Konstruktiver Glasbau 2 Ulrich Knaack, Wilfried Führer, Jan Wurm Müller Verlag Köln 2000 Glass structures are becoming more interesting for designers and engineers due to the rapid development of the technology and it´s aesthetical potentials. This second book about glass

Konstruktiver Glasbau

/// Konstruktiver Glasbau Ulrich Knaack Müller Verlag Köln 1998 Next to its transparency and the architectural potential glass is coming more into the focus of by it´s structural performance: new developed materials and a better understanding of the structural requirements

Konstruktiver Glasbau

/// Konstruktiver Glasbau Ulrich Knaack Müller Verlag Köln 1998 Next to its transparency and the architectural potential glass is coming more into the focus of by it´s structural performance: new developed materials and a better understanding of the structural requirements

imagine 06. Reimagining the envelope

The renovation of buildings which are past their prime can no longer be regarded as a necessary evil that costs money and causes inconvenience. Increasingly, it is being acknowledged that to renovate a building and its façade, also known as

imagine 06. Reimagining the envelope

The renovation of buildings which are past their prime can no longer be regarded as a necessary evil that costs money and causes inconvenience. Increasingly, it is being acknowledged that to renovate a building and its façade, also known as

Future envelope 03

Façades convey the image of new architecture. Today the planning of this very complex building component requires a collaboration of many specialists. A multitude of possibilities are being projected into the building envelope. Design, visionary construction, new materials, the desire to achieve optimum energy performance

Future envelope 03

Façades convey the image of new architecture. Today the planning of this very complex building component requires a collaboration of many specialists. A multitude of possibilities are being projected into the building envelope. Design, visionary construction, new materials, the desire to achieve optimum energy performance

Future envelope 02

The role of the building envelope related to the energy performance of a building and the comfort of the user is significant and, under the aspect of sustainability, is coming into focus more and more.Since the introduction of the double

Future envelope 02

The role of the building envelope related to the energy performance of a building and the comfort of the user is significant and, under the aspect of sustainability, is coming into focus more and more.Since the introduction of the double

Future Envelope 01

The planning of this very complex building component requires a collaboration of many specialists. A multitude of possibilities are being projected into the building envelope. Design, visionary construction, new materials, the desire to achieve optimum energy performance or even energy

Future Envelope 01

The planning of this very complex building component requires a collaboration of many specialists. A multitude of possibilities are being projected into the building envelope. Design, visionary construction, new materials, the desire to achieve optimum energy performance or even energy

imagine 07. Reimagining HOUSING

Architects much prefer to design new buildings. It gives a clear style and language, defines a position and contributes to developments in architecture. But today’s reality is that most buildings we will use in the future have already been built. We are

imagine 07. Reimagining HOUSING

Architects much prefer to design new buildings. It gives a clear style and language, defines a position and contributes to developments in architecture. But today’s reality is that most buildings we will use in the future have already been built. We are

Façades

/// FAÇADES Authors : Knaack, Klein, Bilow, Auer Available in: English, German, Dutch Publisher: Birkhaüser Façades determine the appearance of a building. Hence, they constitute a major element in architecture. At the same time, the building’s envelope has important functions to fulfil,

Façades

/// FAÇADES Authors : Knaack, Klein, Bilow, Auer Available in: English, German, Dutch Publisher: Birkhaüser Façades determine the appearance of a building. Hence, they constitute a major element in architecture. At the same time, the building’s envelope has important functions to fulfil,

Prefabricated Systems

/// PREFABRICATED SYSTEMS Authors : Knaack, Chung-Klatte, Hasselbach Available in: English, German Publisher: Birkhaüser For a number of years, modular construction – the use of prefabricated elements in architecture – has once again become a subject of lively discussion and debate. Long written off as

Prefabricated Systems

/// PREFABRICATED SYSTEMS Authors : Knaack, Chung-Klatte, Hasselbach Available in: English, German Publisher: Birkhaüser For a number of years, modular construction – the use of prefabricated elements in architecture – has once again become a subject of lively discussion and debate. Long written off as

Imagine 05 – Energy

Climate design and climate engineering are nowadays standard in the design process. the more successful we are in this, the less energy we need to run the building during its useful life and we focus instead on an additional aspect:

Imagine 05 – Energy

Climate design and climate engineering are nowadays standard in the design process. the more successful we are in this, the less energy we need to run the building during its useful life and we focus instead on an additional aspect:

Rapids

Processes of construction are related to available technologies of production and assembly. Internet Technologies (IT)  have made a deep impact on design possibilities and the control of production logistics – enabling feats much as freeform architecture and increasingly precise elaboration.

Rapids

Processes of construction are related to available technologies of production and assembly. Internet Technologies (IT)  have made a deep impact on design possibilities and the control of production logistics – enabling feats much as freeform architecture and increasingly precise elaboration.

Components & Connections

/// Components and Connections – Principles of Construction Authors : Meijs, Maarten, Knaack, Ulrich Publisher: Birkhaüser Every building is composed of parts, or components, that may be organized in various ways. For example, there are different ways to configure walls

Components & Connections

/// Components and Connections – Principles of Construction Authors : Meijs, Maarten, Knaack, Ulrich Publisher: Birkhaüser Every building is composed of parts, or components, that may be organized in various ways. For example, there are different ways to configure walls

Performance driven envelopes

The impact of climate design on architecture is obvious. But design trends are currently attempting to implement climate design merely as an additional item in architectonic planning. The alternative is to start with an architectural attitude that will produce a

Performance driven envelopes

The impact of climate design on architecture is obvious. But design trends are currently attempting to implement climate design merely as an additional item in architectonic planning. The alternative is to start with an architectural attitude that will produce a

Deflate-ables

Pneumatic structures have been thoroughly investigated and developed during the 60’s. However, the energy crisis and aesthetic developments prevented this type of structures from becoming part of the mainstream construction methods. Nowadays these structures are typically used in special areas

Deflate-ables

Pneumatic structures have been thoroughly investigated and developed during the 60’s. However, the energy crisis and aesthetic developments prevented this type of structures from becoming part of the mainstream construction methods. Nowadays these structures are typically used in special areas

Imagine facades

The facade technology of the 20th century is related to the dissolution of the massive wall into a separation of structure and facade. Looking at the development of facade technology now, after 60 years of curtain wall systems, 30 years

Imagine facades

The facade technology of the 20th century is related to the dissolution of the massive wall into a separation of structure and facade. Looking at the development of facade technology now, after 60 years of curtain wall systems, 30 years