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Courtyard Houses: A Housing Typology [Paperback]

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Item description for Courtyard Houses: A Housing Typology by Gunter Pfeifer & Per Brauneck...

To continue developing existing building types in an intelligent way is a crucial task in the field of residential building. A deeper understanding of the underlying types is indispensable for the success of the individual design, as well as for ensuring that tried and tested structures can be utilized, repeated, and varied in a wide variety of situations.

For this typology of residential buildings, the authors have developed systematic new presentations of the most innovative types. Each individual volume lays out the possibilities for using and transforming a particular form of residential structure.

The first volume deals with the various types of the courtyard house, which utilizes the courtyard as an intimate outdoor living space. A presentation of the courtyard as a building block of the city is followed by coverage of the complete spectrum of types - cluster, network, carpet, terraces, etc.

The second volume is devoted to the various types of row house, a particularly widespread form of residential structure. A general discussion of the row as organizing principle - the row as urban building block, linear space, ways of handling corners - is followed by the systematic presentation of the different types.

Within each type, variants are distinguished according to how they organize space, their number of floors, etc. The range of possible solutions is presented in uniform ground plans newly drawn to scale.

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Pages   112
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 8.75" Height: 10.5"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 11, 2007
Publisher   Birkhäuser Basel
ISBN  3764378409  
ISBN13  9783764378400  

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More About Gunter Pfeifer & Per Brauneck

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gunter Pfeifer worked from 1975 to 2000 in LC6rrach, where his primary focus was housing construction. Since 1992, he has taught design and high-rise construction as a professor at the Technical University in Darmstadt. In 2001 he founded the firm Pfeifer Roser Kuhn together with Harald Roser and Christoph Kuhn.

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1Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Home Design > General
2Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > Building Types & Styles > General
3Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > Building Types & Styles > Residential
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beg to disagree with negative comments  Apr 11, 2008
I've reviewed this book and strongly disagree with negative assessments.
It's a typology book, a study of the courthouse type, and some excellent built examples are provided (such as the often admired courtyard house by Alberto Campo Baeza), as well as some great research done by professors and their students at the University of Darmstadt, showing new courtyard house ideas. As a book on building types, it is deliberately restrained in its graphics, which are scrupulously clear and the designs are modestly innovative, dealing with real issues like use neutral and multi-use subdivision strategies. Far from the ego, gloss, and starchitecture of typical publications this is exactly the sort of productive work architects can offer to society. Please take another look! The rowhouse volume is equally excellent, and both will prove out to be essential for planners working on these building types. Highly, highly recommended.
Courtyard Houses: A Housing Typology by Günter Pfeifer, Per Brauneck  Feb 8, 2008
Dont let the nice cover fool you. This book is really very plain inside. Analysis of courtyard typology was not in depth and the graphics were very simple. Not very informative. My mistake was not seeing the contents before I purchased.

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