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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...


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...


Dwelling on Courtyards

by Mohammad Taleghani, Tu Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment

Courtyards have been used for thousands of years in different climates in the world. In hot climates they provide shading, in humid climates they cause a stack effect helping ventilation, in cold climates they...


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...


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....


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...


Between Flexibility and Reliability

by Chiu-Yuan Wang, Tu Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment

The aim of this thesis is to provide an outline to address questions with regard to the transformation of planning in China that has occurred after the 1980s. The research is using “planning evolution”...


Grasslands and herbivore production in Europe and effects of common policies

by Alex De Vliegher, Bert Van Gils, Alain Peeters* & Christian Huyghe

The European project Multisward (http://www.multisward.eu/multisward_eng/) aims at supporting developments and innovations in grassland use and management in different European farming systems (including low-input...


Transformations of Urbanising Delta Landscape

by Chen Kun Chung, Tu Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment

This book argues that the floods following extreme precipitation result not only from very heavy rainfall but also from the significant impact of human activities on natural water systems. While most literature...


A Short History of Nearly Everything

by Bill Bryson

One of the world’s most beloved writers and bestselling author of One Summer takes his ultimate journey—into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer.

In A Walk in the Woods...


Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

by Ann Druyan & Carl Sagan

"FASCINATING . . . MEMORABLE . . . REVEALING . . . PERHAPS THE BEST OF CARL SAGAN'S BOOKS."

--The Washington Post Book World (front page review)

In Cosmos, the late astronomer Carl Sagan cast his gaze over the...


Vintage Tomorrows: A Historian and a Futurist Journey Through Steampunk Into the Future of Technology

by James H. Carrott & Brian David Johnson

What would today’s technology look like with Victorian-era design and materials? That’s the world steampunk envisions: a mad-inventor collection of 21st century-inspired contraptions powered by steam and...


Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

by Mary Roach

"One of the funniest and most unusual books of the year....Gross, educational, and unexpectedly sidesplitting."—Entertainment Weekly Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange...


Slave Species OF God

by Michael Tellinger

South African author Michael Tellinger has caused quite a stir with his highly controversial epic on the origins of humankind. Slave species of god has now become a real cult epic with readers in over 20 countries....


Organic Chemistry Fundamentals

by Speedy Publishing

If a student does not have a strong background chemistry and biology, or if their knowledge is a little rusty and could use some refreshing, a fundamentals guide to organic chemistry is an excellent way to get...


The Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces

by Frank Wilczek

Our understanding of nature’s deepest reality has changed radically, but almost without our noticing, over the past twenty-five years. Transcending the clash of older ideas about matter and space, acclaimed...


Cosmology of Consciousness: Quantum Physics & Neuroscience of Mind

by Roger Penrose, Deepak Chopra & Helge Kragh

Cosmology of Consciousness: Quantum Physics & Neuroscience of Mind


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...


Spatial planning and urban resilience in the context of flood risk.

by Pei-Wen Lu, Tu Delft, Architecture and the Built Environment

Spatial planning is increasingly being considered as an important mechanism in coping with flood risk due to climate change. One of the reasons for this is that engineering approaches are increasingly expensive...