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Housing, Urban Renewal and Socio-Spatial Integration

by Xiaoxi Hui

This issue of A+BE addresses two critical urban issues China faces today: housing and urban renewal. In the recent two decades, the Chinese urban housing stock underwent a significant, if not extreme, transformation....


Negotiation and Design for the Self-Organizing City

by Ekim Tan, Tu Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment

This book is dedicated to building an open negotiation and design method for cities as self-organizing systems that bridges the gap between collaborative planning and collaborative design methods. Gaming as...


Smart Energy Management for Households

by Sonja Van Dam, Tu Delft, Architecture and The Built Environment

Smart Energy Management for Households infers design-related insights and guidelines to improve the use and effectiveness of home energy management systems (HEMS) through an empirical evaluation of the longitudinal...


Facade Refurbishment Toolbox.

by Thaleia Konstantinou, Tu Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment

The starting point of the research is the need to refurbish existing residential building stock, in order to reduce its energy demand, which accounts for over one fourth of the energy consumption in the European...


A Brief History of Time

by Stephen Hawking

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A landmark volume in science writing by one of the great minds of our time, Stephen Hawking’s book explores such profound questions as: How did the universe begin—and what made...


The Nature of Space and Time

by Stephen Hawking & Roger Penrose

Einstein said that the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible. But was he right? Can the quantum theory of fields and Einstein's general theory of relativity, the two most...


A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing

by Lawrence M. Krauss & Richard Dawkins

Bestselling author and acclaimed physicist Lawrence Krauss offers a paradigm-shifting view of how everything that exists came to be in the first place.

“Where did the universe come from? What was there before...


Dark Winter: How the Sun Is Causing a 30-Year Cold Spell

by John L. Casey

Climate change has been a perplexing problem for years. In Dark Winter, author John L. Casey, a former White House national space policy advisor, NASA headquarters consultant, and space shuttle engineer tells...


Calculus for Dummies

by Mark Ryan

Slay the calculus monster with this user-friendly guide

Calculus For Dummies, 2nd Edition makes calculus manageable—even if you're one of the many students who sweat at the thought of it. By breaking down differentiation...


Mechatronics for the Evil Genius: 25 Build-it-Yourself Projects

by Newton Braga

The popular evil genius format provides hobbyists with a fun and inexpensive way to learn Mechatronics (the merger of electronics and mechanics) via 25 complete projects.

  • Projects include: mechanical race car,...

  • Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread-The Lessons from a New Science

    by Alex Pentland

    From one of the world's leading data scientists, a landmark tour of the new science of idea flow, offering revolutionary insights into the mysteries of collective intelligence and social influence

    If the Big...


    The Evolutionary Mind: Conversations on Science, Imagination & Spirit

    by Rupert Sheldrake, Terence McKenna & Ralph Abraham

    Three acclaimed authors engage in conversation blending scientific observation, mythical imagination, and visionary speculation.


    Ecology of the Planted Aquarium: A Practical Manual and Scientific Treatis

    by Diana Louise Walstad

    Hobbyist reference book for keeping natural planted aquariums.


    Professional Real Estate Development: The ULI Guide to the Business

    by Richard B. Peiser & David Hamilton

    This basic primer covers the nuts and bolts of developing all types of real estate, including multifamily, office, retail, and industrial projects. Thoroughly updated, this new edition includes numerous case...


    Hungry City

    by Carolyn Steel

    *Cities cover just 2% of the world's surface, but consume 75% of the world's resources

    *Global food production increased by 145% in the last 4 decades of the 20th century - yet an estimated 800 million people...


    AM Envelope

    by Holger Strauss

    This book shows the potential of Additive Manufacturing (AM) for the development of building envelopes: AM will change the way of designing facades, how we engineer and produce them. To achieve today’s demands...


    Strategic investment of embodied energy during the architectural planning process

    by Linda Hildebrand, Tu Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment

    This year's fifth issue of A+BE outlines the relevance of the building substance as factor for the overall sustainable performance of the built environment. It wants to sensibilize the designer for the ecological...


    The Unobservable Universe: A Paradox-Free Framework for Understanding the Universe

    by Scott M Tyson, Catherine J Rourke & Thomas M Hill

    Embark on an incredible 2500-year "magical mystery tour" to the frontiers of the universe and all its mysteries with visionary scientist and engineer Scott M. Tyson as your enlightening, entertaining and down-to-earth...


    Urban Landscape Strategies

    by Giuseppe Marinoni

    The projects illustrated here exemplify the way contemporary urban planning is moving in practice, and how it is precisely in the effective transformation of cities and landscapes that it is finding the theoretical...


    Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

    by Alexandra Horowitz

    The bestselling book that asks what dogs know and how they think. The answers will surprise and delight you as Alexandra Horowitz, a cognitive scientist, explains how dogs perceive their daily worlds, each other,...