American Building: The Environmental Forces That Shape It by James Marston FitchAmerican Building: The Environmental Forces That Shape It by James Marston Fitch

American Building: The Environmental Forces That Shape It

byJames Marston Fitch, William Bobenhausen

Hardcover | May 26, 1999

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Few books have influenced the field of architecture more than American Building: The Environmental Forces That Shape It. Originally published in 1947, it has emerged as a classic work on the relationships among buildings, their inhabitants, and the environment. Now comes the first majorrevision in over twenty-five years, bringing this essential book completely up to date for a new, more environmentally aware generation of architects and designers. In this superb volume, James Marston Fitch provides a fundamental theory of buildings. "The ultimate task of architecture," he writes, "is to act in favor of human beings: to interpose itself between people and the natural environment in which they find themselves, in such a way as to removethe gross environmental load from their shoulders." Fitch systematically examines the various aspects of the environment which buildings control for human habitation--air, temperature, light, and sound, even space, time, and gravity. He draws on scientific research to probe deeply into theseproblems and he sets out the most practical solutions to these and other issues in clear, precise language. Moreover, his analysis runs to the external environment as well, as he explores the impact of buildings on the outside world. American Building: The Environmental Forces That Shape It broke new ground in the school of thought now known as "green architecture"--the philosophy of designing buildings that require a minimum amount of energy and resources to erect and operate. For this new edition, architect WilliamBobenhausen has included new information on sustainable design and the latest construction technology, up to date statistics, case studies, photographs, and illustrations. This revised edition promises to keep this work at the forefront of our thinking about design and the natural world.
James Marston Fitch is Professor Emeritus in the School of Architecture at Columbia University and Director Emeritus of its Graduate Program of Historic Preservation, the first of its kind in the United States, which he founded in 1964. He has served as the first curator of Central Park and was an editor of Architectural Forum and Hou...
Title:American Building: The Environmental Forces That Shape ItFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 10 × 7.09 × 0 inPublished:May 26, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195110404

ISBN - 13:9780195110401


From Our Editors

Since it was first published in 1947, this book has profoundly influenced the architecture world. Now considered a classic, it examines the way buildings, the environments and people interact. Today, the new generation of designers is significantly more aware of environmental issues. The revision of this book reflects this ongoing change.

Editorial Reviews

"In an era when buildings are increasingly flimsy, prefab affairs, Fitch's advocacy of green architecture is more relevant than ever."--The Philadelphia Inquirer