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Building and architecture has developed a language of its own, with terms and jargon that can confuse an expert let alone an outsider. Misunderstandings over what a word means can be irritating but unimportant, but could in the worst cases be costly or even dangerous. Traditional building dictionaries rely on the reader to already know what the correct word is, and that's not always the case. Roxanna McDonald's technique is radically different, and makes full use of the power of visual communication to convey information. Each stage of the building and design process is illustrated, and each hand-drawn illustration is carefully labelled with the relevant technical terms, to ensure that each term is used correctly and consistently by everyone working on a project. The 'Illustrated Building Pocket Book' is a radical approach to the age-old problem of the ambiguous use of technical language in building and architecture. By using drawings - which leave little room for ambiguity - clarity, safety and certainty can be achieved.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750680158
ISBN-10: 0750680156
Format: Paperback
(186mm x 123mm x 13mm)
Pages: 252
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 19-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Roxanna McDonald

Born and brought up in Romania, trained as an architect at Ion Mincu Institute of Architecture in Bucharest. Graduated from Architectural Assocation School in London and postgraduate diploma in building conservation. Own architectural practice in the UK from 1983-92, mainly carrying out conservation and restoration work. Registered with Ordre des Architectes Francais in Paris in 1992 and restored and converted historic buildings in France. Extensive work in Eastern Europe including development of Romanian Electrical Energy Ministry network of standardised buildings for power stations. From 1998 has been architectural consultant for a leading British charity, working to rebuild childcare infrastructure in Eastern Europe.