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1. Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the International Building Code
by Francis D. K.Ching, Steven R.Winkel, Francis D. K. Ching, Steven Winkel, AIA
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Asin: 0471099805
Catlog: Book (2003-03-14)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 6299
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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A practical, illustrated guide to the new International Building Code
With the publication of the 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. It closely examines the portions of the building code that are most relevant for the architect and provides a simple and practical interpretation through words and illustrations. All the changes in the new code are explained in simple, user-friendly language that allows architects to get up to speed on the new code quickly and easily.
Francis D. K. Ching (Seattle, WA) is a registered architect, a professor at the University of Washington, and the author of eight highly acclaimed architecture books, all for Wiley.
Steven R. Winkel, FAIA (San Francisco, CA), is a project manager at Field Paoli, and an expert in building codes and regulations. He is also an AIA Board Member and past president of the AIA California Council.
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5-0 out of 5 stars ARE studying material
This is an excellent book to skim through for preparation for the ARE. I definitely recommend Ching's two books: Building Codes Illustrated and Building Construction Illustrated. After spending several dollars on studying materials for the exam, I found that I got the most bang for my buck from: the two Ching books, David Ballast's Study Guides, Larry Paul's ARE Practice Exam, and Archiflash cards. These were the the most useful tools to get through the multiple choice sections as they most closely reflected the material covered on the exams.

4-0 out of 5 stars For those who had trouble reading the code book
I have alot of trouble reading any codes: BOCA, UBC, SBC...etc. I find it difficult to understand the language. After getting this book last month, believe it or not, I find reading code such a PLEASANT experience. It summarizes all the main sections of IBC, those you browse thru the most, into easy to read format with clear and good graphic illustrations. This is the first time I don't feel confuse anymore when reading the code. For best result, read it with IBC 2000 side by side. It's good buy, highly recommend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Up-to-date and clear
This books represents the latest and possibly the best attempt to explain the logic and art that goes into writing the new national model codes. It also explains through the insights of the authors how best to use the code and what to expect from it by way of future revisions and local interpertations. As a design professionsal I constantly struggle to explain to clients why, when life safety is involved, we cannot do certain things in buildings. This book will help inform both the professional and non professional interested user of the building code. Serveral attempts in the past have been made to cover this subject, but at the time there were several codes around the country. Now that we are catching up with the British in our understanding and use of fire science the IBC allows a new clearer understanding of what codes do. This book is simply the best effort in years to cover this material.

5-0 out of 5 stars Not only the what, but the why
As someone who lectures regularly on codes and standards, I find the Francis Ching book a refreshing reference. The diagrams make sometimes confusing code language easy to understand, and the text deals with the background of code development and explains why the code evolved the way it did. ... Read more


2. Construction Funding: The Process of Real Estate Development, Appraisal, and Finance
by Nathan S.Collier, Courtland A.Collier, Don A.Halperin
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Asin: 0471394661
Catlog: Book (2001-12-14)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 65314
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

The Third Edition of this highly regarded reference offers unrivaled single-source coverage of the financial aspects of construction funding. Updated to provide more current costs, address environmental concerns, and shed light on the latest methods used to fund projects, it helps readers solve the unique financial challenges facing today's construction industry. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars MBA student
Very interesting  book; very easy to read.
As a small real estate investor I found it very helpful in understanding many of the ins and outs of real estate and financing, especially on the scale i would like to grow to.

5-0 out of 5 stars A first class book on Real Estate Development
The third edition of Construction Funding by Nathan S. Collier et al is a remarkable demonstration of insight and expertise. Collier and colleagues provide an exceptionally lucid description and analysis of the process of real estate development that is accessible to non-experts while being authoritative at the same time. In addition to being an excellent text for students and others interested in careers in real estate development, this book serves as essential background for all those whose responsibilities include any part of the development process. ... Read more


3. Project Management in Construction
by Sidney M. Levy
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Asin: 0071395873
Catlog: Book (2002-07-15)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Sales Rank: 289093
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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A revised and updated practical guide for contractors, covering all aspects of managing a construction project. Tackling actual on-the-job situations, it goes through: estimating, including conceptual and order-of-magnitude estimates, and electronic data processing techniques; arbitration and mediation roles for claims and contract dispute resolution; safety on the jobsite, including setting up an effective safety program and the latest OSHA safety and health standards; and new trends such as partnering, design-build, and e-construction. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Fast Track to acquire best skills
I have worked for 3 years in project management company about construction, but I cannot establish transparent concepts about Project Management. At the moment, this book was messiah to me almost drowning in deep mud pool of construction field. Most of all not only beginners to PM but also skillful PM can gain lots of useful informations from this book. ... Read more


4. Project Resource Manual (PRM) : The CSI Manual of Practice
by The Construction Specifications Institute
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Asin: 0071370048
Catlog: Book (2004-09-16)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Sales Rank: 176529
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The authoritative resource for the organization, preparation, use, and interpretation of construction documents encompassing the entire life cycle of a facility.This new edition considers the need for interdependent processes of design, construction and facility use.

The Fifth Edition expands the scope of the manual to meet the requirements of all participants involved in a construction project in a stage-by-stage progression, including owners, A/Es, design-builders, contractors, construction managers, product representatives, financial institutions, regulatory authorities, attorneys, and facility managers. It promotes a team model for successful implementation. ... Read more


5. Architect's Essentials of Starting a Design Firm (The Architect's Essentials of Professional Practice)
by PeterPiven, BradfordPerkins
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Asin: 0471234818
Catlog: Book (2003-04-04)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 34824
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Written by two leading experts in the field this essential volume offers a step-by-step guide to understanding and evaluating the goals, risks and the rewards of starting a firm.
* Covers the basics of firm organisation, personnel requirements, legal considerations, fee setting, marketing issues and the essentials of strategic and business plans
* Addresses how to get started including how to create your first business plan, evaluate initial needs and costs, create a budget and a produce a list of action items to get started
* This volume is practical, applied, concise, portable, affordable and user-friendly
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5-0 out of 5 stars If you're even thinking about it, read this book!
Starting your own design firm is a scary proposition. Having a trusted advisor can help make the transition from employee to being your own boss a little less intimidating. Piven and Perkins do just that in this well written book, which covers the essentials--hey, that's what they called it--of starting a firm without getting bogged down in minutiae.
You'll get some solid advice on planning, financing, and how to handle some of the more delicate issues of starting your own firm--such as how to represent work you did for others when marketing your new business. The book also includes model business plans and a basic (very basic) overview of accounting principles that even an architect can understand. Worth reading if you're entertaining any notions about starting your own shop. ... Read more


6. 25 Houses Under 2,500 Square Feet
by James Grayson Trulove
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Asin: 006008944X
Catlog: Book (2003-02-01)
Publisher: Harper Design International
Sales Rank: 5937
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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25 Houses Under 2,500 Square Feet discusses carefully defined spaces and how space can be used most effectively. The 25 recently-constructed homes featured are 2,500 feet and under with some as small as 640 square feet. An exciting collection -- a charming one square foot in size -- presents dream houses any person can relate to, as well as innovative and exciting designs sure to inspire and amaze.

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5-0 out of 5 stars 25 Houses Under 2,500 Square Feet
This Book is sooooo my style!
I have and have looked through a pluthra of architecture books and magazines for many years, and this may be the best and most closely aligned with my contemporary style. If you like a mix of contemporary, industrial, minimal, deconstructivism, and cubism in architecture, this is probably your book. There are several houses in this book utilizing metal siding in verying patterned designs, styles and planes, that were especially appreciated. Don't let the title fool you, for me, this book has nothing to do with the small size of the houses shown, and everything to do with their great architectural styles.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very complete, eclectic assortment of books
This is a fantastic book. The houses shown are, as another reviewer noted, largely vacational homes, but one can still appreciate the way in which they create a modern coziness that hints at previous American architecture styles. A great bonus in this book is the inclusion of floorplans, artist's conceptions, some computer models, et cetera, that show the houses in the planning stages. The photos capture both the exterior and interior of each house in beautiful, full-color pictures. I fully recommend this book to others who, like myself, enjoy dreaming of owning such homes.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
I loved every moment of this book -- gorgeous pictures, great text, small houses -- seeing as how I live in a pretty small house myself. My only gripe with the book is that it seems that many, if not most, of the houses are summer houses or guest houses -- not everyday, we really live in a house this small houses. Oh well, can't be perfect -- it's still a gorgeous book that serves as inspiration every day. ... Read more


7. The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice
by The American Institute of Architects, Joseph A. Demkin
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Asin: 0471419699
Catlog: Book (2001-08-15)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 70385
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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"The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice has been a definitive guide to architectural practice for almost a century. Now the Thirteenth Edition brings that experience to the cutting edge of the profession-with vital information to help architects manage the change from product-based practices to those that are knowledge-based and service-oriented.

For today's firms, best practice means putting the client first-and the new Handbook helps architects deliver. It begins with a brand-new section devoted to understanding client motivation, thinking, processes, and values and to forging stronger client-architect relationships.

Subsequent sections on business, delivery, and services offer a wealth of crucial "redefinition" knowledge and tools for designing, building, and maintaining a successful practice-from business planning and project management to the development of expanded, added-value services. Also included are samples of the AIA contract documents (more than 75 in all), now accessible electronically onCD-ROM.

Compiled by a team of experts from architecture as well as law, business, and other professions, the thirteenth edition of The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice remains an authoritative reference for high-quality professional practice. In a convenient book/CD-ROM format, the Handbook offers architects the information they need to meet the changing demands of the marketplace with insight and confidence." ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Worth It!
In addition to the all-new format (thankfully no more binders!), this book really does cover EVERYTHING an architect needs to know to run a business-- from working with clients to developing added-value services-- all in one book. I especially appreciate the new section devoted to understanding client motivation, thinking, processes, and values and the new section summarizing services I can offer to expand my client base. This is definitely the book that every architect needs to keep close at hand! ... Read more


8. Architect's Professional Practice Manual
by James R. Franklin
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Asin: 0071358366
Catlog: Book (2000-03-30)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Sales Rank: 256172
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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An all-in-one architectural practice toolkit! AIA Kemper Award winner James R. Franklin'sArchitect's Professional Practice Manual is a no-nonsense compendium of well-tested methods, valuable tips, and contracts, forms, checklists, and other tools in a graphics-oriented, at-a-glance format. Beginning with how to position yourself in the marketplace, it takes you through the entire process of marketing, pricing, negotiating, designing, and carrying out projects, showing you how to build repeat client business while maintaining your joy and profitability through exemplary practices. This lean-and-clean fieldbook stresses the project-driven principles of good practice, emphasizing collaborative behavior, doing right by the client and the people you work with and for, as a key to upward mobility. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars REAL FROM THE TRENCHES ADVICE
If you are opening or running a small architecural practice, this book is IT! Real life- from the treches advice, that I used right away. The format is readable and visually clear. More than worth the price. I hope my competitors don't buy it. Franklin is the guru of good practice!

5-0 out of 5 stars By an architect for architects
Excellent grouping of ideas. The author doesn't talk down to you, doesn't talk over your head, and doesn't have the ego of saying he knows everything. This is current, timely, and easy to read. The adhoc diagrams are exactly the kind of medium that is effective to architects. I'm buying another and requiring the entire office to read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great source for any professional architect
This book is a wonderful source for architecture firm owners, and employees working in small firms. The "hands-on" diagrams give you the clear vision on proceedures, rules, and guides. Included in this book are tips, and tools you can use to organize yourself, understand cause and effect relations, and help you work more efficiently. Great not only to read, but I use it as a reference often. I have hundreds of books, but this is one of the select few that resides on my desk!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book for architect negotiations
I really enjoyed this book. It is a great book to reference for business negotionating. It is put togther so very well that makes it enjoyable to read as well as an extremely awesome resource. ... Read more


9. Construction Daily Log
by Sidney M. Levy
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Asin: 0071408142
Catlog: Book (2002-07-22)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Sales Rank: 624619
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* A daily diary to track day-to-day construction project activities--allowable to be used in court if necessary
* New edition includes helpful hints, charts, quick reference tables, key standards and regulations, and checklists
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10. Construction Operations Manual of Policies and Procedures
by Andrew M. Civitello
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Asin: 0071354956
Catlog: Book (2000-07-11)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Sales Rank: 59507
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Turn a profit on every construction project. An exhaustive, business-boosting reference, Construction Operations Manual of Policies and Procedures, Third Edition, by Andrew Civitello, Jr., is loaded with procedures and step-by-step details for successfully managing construction operations. You get over 300 pages of methods, strategies and tactics, forms and ready-to-copy letters all layed out for you in a concise, easy-to-grasp style. This new edition, now the most timely, complete, and useful guide available for managing construction, packs over 20% more forms and templates. It also covers new developments in construction management software, as well as recent advances in claims and dispute resolution. Significant new material is devoted to the Design-Build process. You'll also explore the distinctions between each of the project delivery formats, and find enhanced coverage of safety and loss control. Included CD-ROM packs project management software tools and plenty of useful advice. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good but could be better
Author has huge experience in construction industry, but I expected something like a guideline - simple in structure, focused on essence. Topics are covered with plenty of words, could be simpler. However generally it is worth having this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good text
THe attached diskette did not contain all the forms and letters as so indicated by the author. THe author should verify the diskette before shipping. Other than that I thought the manual prove to be worth the purchase. ... Read more


11. Staying Small Successfully : A Guide for Architects, Engineers, and Design Professionals
by Frank A.Stasiowski
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Asin: 0471407739
Catlog: Book (2001-08-02)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 180612
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Many architects, landscape architects, and interior designers are self-employed or are partners in small firms. These professionals must understand the management, administrative, and planning skills that are critical to the success of a design firm--and apply them to a small business profile. The revision of this best-selling book addresses the latest changes that affect the successful management and growth of small firms. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Much broader than Architects, Engineers & Design Firms
This is one of those rare books that offers more than what the cover reveals. Being a fan of Wiley as a business publisher I was first attracted while searching for books on business strategy. This is a bit of a sleeper to me. My business has nothing to do with the target market yet I can safely rate this as a five star based on the excellent content that works in most business environments.

I like the way the author begins his introduction by taking the reader on a separate pathway that helps shape their personal destiny. His view on breaking from tradition and how being different means being visible aims right at one of the great weaknesses of many professional businesses. He slaps the reader with the realization that they must stand apart from the crowd to be seen in today's frantic world.

Then he leads you into the planning and strategy chapter where he imparts the need for a defined vision in writing as part of your plan. From there he focuses on servicing the client, hiring right, paying right and not trying to grow too fast. Hence the title --- 'Staying Small Successfully.'

This is excellent sage advice for just about any business I can think of and goes far beyond its intended market. I'm in the online content delivery business and I consider the insight and wisdom within perfect for my business.

With a few minor changes this could be reissued as 'Growing Your Small Business Successfully.'

4-0 out of 5 stars A good guide for engineering and design firms
I stumbled across this book while at a client's office. They had never read it, and what a shame! There are few books written for those that market engineering and design firms. The book tends to talk more about architects than I had expected, but still applies well to designers and engineers. The basic principles are sound and helpful. As an owner of a marketing consulting company, I use the book periodically to get insights on growth, planning, compensation and other issues dealing with the challenges this niche business presents. I highly recommend it. ... Read more


12. Architect's Essentials of Ownership Transition (The Architect's Essentials of Professional Practice)
by PeterPiven
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Asin: 0471434817
Catlog: Book (2002-02-22)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 171441
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The majority of architecture and design firms employ fewer than ten people. As with any small business, the owner/principal of these firms must make plans for all of the eventual transitions that will impact the practice and any or all of the people therein. This book in the Professional Practice Essentials Series offers comprehensive advice on the subject, specifically tailored to the practicing design professional. Here, a noted consultant who specializes in architecture firm management addresses a host of vital transition issues, including growth, expansion, management changes, internal transitions, mergers, acquisitions, liquidations, retirements, and much, much more. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Straight Talk from the Expert
A terrific overview of the sometimes complex concepts surrounding a change in leadership or ownership of design firms. Lays out the options for a couple of different ways to transfer ownership/leadership and includes case studies that show how different options have been carried out. It's a solid book that talks directly to architects, interior designers and landscape architects. Recommended for anyone being considered for a future leadership role in a firm - and definitely for anyone or any firm getting ready for a transfer of ownership or leadership. ... Read more


13. The New Shape of Suburbia
by Adrienne Schmitz
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Asin: 0874208971
Catlog: Book (2003-05)
Publisher: Urban Land Institute
Sales Rank: 558652
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Capitalize on the lucrative market for suburban residential development. This new book describes how consumer demands are changing, strategies for overcoming NIMBYism, and the latest trends related to open space, infill and mixed housing development, increasing density, transportation, and street design. Seasoned developers provide insight into what works--and the traps to avoid--in developing single- and multifamily properties ranging in size from 22 units to large planned communities, both conventional and new urbanist, in price ranges from affordable to luxury. Eleven case studies of projects in the United States and abroad illustrate how others are incorporating these trends into innovative and financially successful developments. ... Read more


14. The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice Update 2004
by Joseph A. Demkin
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-19)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Sales Rank: 181695
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The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice Update 2004 offers the latest critical information to supplement the Thirteenth Edition.
* Updated sample contracts. Includes an overview and new sample documents on CD-ROM.
* Expanded practice topics. Features seven new topics, including proven techniques for improving client communications and four new services-such as building security assessment-that architects can provide.
* Practice profiles.Contains seven practice profiles that illustrate how firms of all sizes can increase business and profits by adding new practice methods and services.
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15. The Cohousing Handbook : Building a Place for Community
by Chris ScottHanson, Kelly ScottHanson
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Asin: 0865715173
Catlog: Book (2004-11-15)
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Sales Rank: 135987
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Cohousing offers an end to the isolation of the single-family suburban home. Balancing community and personal privacy, cohousing is a chance to create a modern village in an urban or rural setting. Residents own their own homes and can gather in common areas to share meals and socialize. An increasingly popular form of housing in both Europe and North America, cohousing addresses and alleviates many of the demands and pressures of modern life-everything from day care to aging at home is easier with the help of your neighbors.

As pioneers in the development of cohousing in North America, Chris and Kelly ScottHanson offer individuals and new groups a wealth of information and practical hints on how the process works. The Cohousing Handbook covers every element that goes into the creation of a cohousing project, including group processes, land acquisition, finance and budgets, construction, development professionals, design considerations, permits, approvals and membership. This revised and updated edition includes an expanded marketing chapter, as well as a foreword by Gifford Pinchot.

A source of comfort and inspiration for those who want to create their ideal community, The Cohousing Handbook is a groundbreaking and practical guide to building a better society one neighborhood at a time-a must-have for the growing number of people who want to create a cohousing community.

Chris and Kelly ScottHanson are acknowledged leaders in the development of

cohousing. Co-owners of Cohousing Resources LLC, Chris is responsible for overseeing numerous cohousing projects from land acquisition through construction throughout North America. Kelly provides marketing, start up guidance, and membership advice for numerous cohousing and ecovillage projects. They both live and work on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Cohousing
If you're involved with cohousing, you need this book. It gives you all the knowledge and tools you need to be successful in building a cohousing community. The Cohousing Handbook provides guidance on everything from forming a group to land acquisition and construction to marketing and legal issues. It also provides clear steps to follow for each segment of the process along with forms, resources and sample documents. Why re-invent the wheel when it's all here for you to adapt for your own community?

The authors have been involved with dozens of cohousing communities across the country and have a deep understanding of what's involved at every step of the cohousing journey. Whether you currently live in or plan to live in cohousing, are an architect or developer or other professional working with a cohousing project, I wouldn't go to another cohousing meeting without The Cohousing Handbook in hand.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Amazing!This book helped put all the pieces in place.

In a step by step fashion, Chris walks you through the development process.He includes definitions of common terms used in the dvelopment industry, as well asreal life samples of how it has already been done.After reading his bookwe hired him to help us do our project.Now its a reality.

If you reallywant to move in, this is the place to start, and finish.

4-0 out of 5 stars Cohousing in a box!
Chris Hanson has laid out for the reader a step by step guide to starting your own cohousing community.A must have for any cohouser, but definately not the first book you want to read to learn about the cohousing way oflife. Durant and McCammant's excellent book fills that roll, just as thisbook fills it's intended role.If you are contemplating starting orjoining an existing group, buy this book.It will guide you through theprocess step by step.We're not trying to reinvent the wheel, so we may aswell learn from those who have paved that road for us! ... Read more


16. Facilities Management and the Business of Space
by Wes McGregor, Danny Shiem-Shin Then
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Asin: 0340719648
Catlog: Book (2000-01-15)
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Sales Rank: 750930
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Essential reading for building owners, facilities managers, architects and surveyors, this book will also prove useful on business management and facilities management courses, and for those studying architecture, surveying and real estate management.

First book to address this important and topical subject area
Use of Case Notes to illustrate topics
Focuses on correlation bertween work and workplace; between workplace and work effectiveness
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5-0 out of 5 stars Facilities Management and the Business of Space
Don't be misled by the apparently narrow title of this book - it is actually a very comprehensive text which addresses many pertinent areas to Facilities Management.

The material is excellent and up to date, offering useful case studies.

I shall be adopting this excellent book for my intermediate level and final level undergraduates. ... Read more


17. Management for the Small Design Firm: Handling Your Practice, Personnel, Finances and Projects
by Jim Morgan
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Asin: 0823029670
Catlog: Book (1998-06-01)
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
Sales Rank: 450447
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Well rounded introduction
I bought this book as a prep for a licensing exam. I found it to be a good starting point for further research. (a handy bibliography is provided at the end of the book) The author does a good job at introducing issues that get ignored in the general education of a designer. At least half of the book was case studys the methodology of practicing designers. ... Read more


18. The Architect's Guide to Design-Build Services
by G. WilliamQuatman, Ranjit (Randy)Dhar
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Asin: 0471218421
Catlog: Book (2003-04-22)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 325074
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The definitive resource for designer-led projects
The Architect's Guide to Design-Build Services offers authoritative knowledge and industry insight to architects considering entry into the burgeoning practice of design-build project delivery. Written by architects and other professionals with expertise in risk management, law, ethics, finance, and contracts, this instructive guide addresses the roles architects can assume during a design-build project, including leading the project, acting as subcontractor, and forming a joint venture with a contractor.
Developed by the AIA Design-Build Professional Interest Area, this book offers the real-world expertise of thirty industry leaders from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, who share their experience and know-how on such topics as:
* Starting out in design-build
* Risks and rewards of design-build delivery
* Succeeding in a design-build practice
* Design-build education
* Essential practice information
* Ethics and licensing laws
State laws regulating both architects and contractors are summarized to help busy firms bring design-build projects through to successful completion in a variety of jurisdictions.
The Architect's Guide to Design-Build Services is the most complete, definitive resource for architects, contractors, and attorneys involved in designer-led projects.
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19. Architect's Essentials of Contract Negotiation (The Architect's Essentials of Professional Practice)
by Ava J.Abramowitz
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Asin: 0471443654
Catlog: Book (2002-04-03)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 178566
Average Customer Review: 4.92 out of 5 stars
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For architects, negotiation is explicit in every aspect of practice, just as it is implicit in every aspect of design. And now you can develop or refine the negotiation skills you need with the help of this concise, easy-to-follow guide. Written by an acknowledged expert in the field, this volume in the Professional Practice Series offers accessible, practical coverage of contract negotiation essentials related to growth, expansion, new management, internal transitions, mergers, acquisitions, liquidations, retirement, and more. Also, like all the books in this series, the information you'll find here is expressly tailored to the needs of the design professional. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Architect's Essentials of Contract Negotiation
For several years I've enjoyed attending Ava Abramowitz's presentations at AIA conferences and conventions. She makes contract law and negotiation strategies, topics that I'd normally consider dry at best, into subjects that are both stimulating and fascinating.

Her new book is just as much fun to read as her presentations are to attend, and her words teach one not only about negotiating the contracts that define our relationships with our clients, but also about human behavior in general. Her ability to explain with anecdotes makes each lesson memorable.

Although this book is ostensibly for architects, it seems to me it would be useful for anyone wanting to learn the basics of negotiating their way through life. As the author points out, we negotiate everything from what you want for dinner each night, to whether our children can watch TV before they've done their homework. It's an incredibly important part of life. We all do it. We just don't always understand that we're doing it, and are often surprised at the consequences. Ava Abramowitz's book will help you negotiate with your eyes open, and with an intelligence that isn't rocket science but isn't always obvious until someone has shown you the ground rules. I highly recommend this book

5-0 out of 5 stars a great book about negotiation and communication
I teach architecture students a course on professional practice and have made Architect's Essentials of Contract Negotiation required reading. Of all the sources I've read on this topic, Ava Abramowitz offers the most accessible and well-reasoned explanations of what every design professional must understand about negotiation (and communication).

Abramowitz's many years of experience as a counselor, teacher and mentor to architects has clearly given her insight into how architects think, and she uses this insight to great effect. My students enjoy reading this text (especially Chapters 3&4) because it connects to the way they see the world (and helps focus that vision) in language that rings true. Don't be fooled by the word "Contracts" in the title; this is a great book about architects and negotiation in general and one that I believe all architects should own.

5-0 out of 5 stars Valuable Advice for Either Side of the Table.
Contract negotiations are often tedious and frustrating. This book was refreshingly useful because it laid out strategies for achieving desired negotitated results. The book's advice and approach can be applied with profit to any contract negotiations, but it's examples are based on negotiating the complicated agreements between Owners and Architects. I've used it with success to explain the Architect's needs and concerns to Owners and, just as frequently, I've used it when representing Owners to explain why a certain compromise and position in negotiations with Architects makes sense. It is a book with balanced advice on how to negotiate in general and how to do so in particular in the Owner/Architect context. It's many specific examples and suggested solutions to typical negotiation issues have saved me hours of time attempting to articulate to opposing counsel or my clients what the author has already compiled in this book.

I've found its contents so useful that I've taught portions of seminars to Architects, Contractors and Owners using lessons and insights taken from the book. The attendees always have commented favorably on the concrete, practical advice they have learned from those portions of the seminar.

This is a valuable book. If you're involved in any negotiations, especially construction, it is worth purchasing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than Getting To Yes
I am not an architect, but I loved this book. It clearly laid out steps real people can take to negotiate tough problems -- whether construction-related or not. The chapter on communication skills and the one on dispute resolution alone were worth the price of the book. In fact, I would say, as a senior manager of a growing business, that anyone who seeks to accomplish anything important in any business would benefit from the information this book contains. It should be required reading for all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Education
While the other reviews listed here accurately describe Ava's book, I wanted to add a different perspective. This book was just about as enjoyable and entertaining as any I have come across in the fairly mundate world of contracts, negotiations, and similar business topics. I felt as if I was sitting across from Ava and having a light-hearted "discussion" on how to negotiate and maintain relationships while doing so. But the advice that she gives during this "discussion" is about as sage and helpful as I could ever imagine any negotiator (architect or lawyer, for that matter) needing. What a great book! ... Read more


20. Construction Project Management (2nd Edition)
by Frederick E. Gould, Nancy E. Joyce
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Asin: 0130480541
Catlog: Book (2002-06-26)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 344808
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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This book focuses on the collaborative effort required to complete any public or private construction project, providing the construction professional with the skills needed to work with and alongside the owner representative, the designer, and within the public's eye. It explains in detail the project elements and environment, and the responsibilities of the varied project professionals, and follows in detail the chronology of a project.Estimating, scheduling, control and administrative functions of a project are covered, and separate chapters on Leadership and Management, Construction Law, and Safety and Health are included.For construction professionals, including project managers, architects, project owners and their representatives, civil engineers, and practitioners who are looking for an understanding of the changes in their industry and new tools and management methods available for dealing with those changes. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Construction managment
This book was written by my old professor at wentworth institute of technology. Although he only gave me a B in the class i have to say the book was written very well ;). It is designed to give the reader important information of construction management in a very basic way. If you are a beginner in the construction business you can not go wrong with this book. ... Read more


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