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TECHNICAL & PRACTICE - UPDATE

Facades: Technical Review Andrew Watts RIBA Publishing, 2007, £15

First in a new series, this is a gem of a book packed with easily digestible technical information - including clear detail drawings by the author - about 'architecturally ambitious and technically complex' facades. Each of the six chapters (Metal, Glass, Concrete, Masonry, Plastic and Timber) examines recent innovative facades from around the globe.

Examples are well chosen and explained in a way one only finds in the back end of architectural journals, delving into 'design considerations and solutions'.

Upcoming titles later this year include Lighting and Roofing. This is definitely a series to watch, and the price is hard to beat. These modest books are likely to become useful desktop references for the current state of architectural craftsmanship.

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