Materials for Design 2

Victoria Ballard Bell, Patrick Rand


     8.5 × 10.75 in (21.6 × 27.3 cm)
272 pages
400 color illustrations
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616891909

As architecture and design programs throughout the world break out of the classroom and adopt the holistic methods of design/build programs, the need for a textbook that bridges the gap between construction materials and design sensibility is sorely needed. In Materials for Design 2, authors Victoria Ballard Bell and Patrick Rand revisit the format of their award-winning first volume and present sixty new case studies of materials put to imaginative use by today's brightest architects. Bell and Rand introduce each material type: glass, concrete, wood, metal, plastic, and stone with new text describing its history and significance. Accessible case studies highlight recent advances in design and construction around the world, from a wooden church in Finland and huts in Thailand to a bank encased in a glass cube in Copenhagen. In a materials landscape that constantly changes to meet the demands of contemporary designers, Materials for Design 2 is an up-to-date guide to the best and most exciting materials at their disposal.
  • The best-selling Materials for Design (2006) won an AIGA Book Design Award
  • There is no other textbook on the market that tackles material details this thoroughly
  • Includes professional photography and technical drawings of each project
  • Features a new introduction by the authors, Victoria Ballard Bell and Patrick Rand, as well as new essays for each material and sixty new case study descriptions of each project

Victoria Ballard Bell is an architect who lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Patrick Rand is a professor in the School of Architecture at North Carolina State University College of Design.

Editorial Reviews

Choice magazine:

"This volume is effectively a survey of projects focusing on various material types as being prevalent in the final design solution ... .The projects selected are recent, come from around the world, and present the most up-to-date use of the specific materials chosen."

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