This second book in the BEST series explores the fundamental generators and contextual issues - philosophical, physical and political - that influence built environments. It draws on international examples to show how societies and cultures in different parts of the world react to similar problems. It contrasts dramatically different types of buildings and enclosures from primitive shelters to space laboratories. They show how mankind endeavours to control the environment - whatever it is.
Table of Contents
The fundamental challenges: Vision and intervention. The social challenge. The challenge of technology.
The process of development - creating a sense of place: Building together. UK development processes in an international cetext. Building in a context.
The design and construction of buildings: Concepts of structure and space. The building skin. Aspects of engineering sevices in design and development. Individual and collective responsibilities. Index.
"...the book is clearly laid out, with objectives and summaries, many helpful illustrations and further reading....It would be particularly useful for first year land management and building studies students." - Housing Review