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Architecture & Urban Design

Welcome to the UCLA Library guide for researching architecture and urban design topics. This guide is intended as a starting place for researchers, pointing to tools, resources, and strategies for finding information related to architecture & urban design

Design Manuals

Design manuals have been published for specific building types as well as focusing on topics such as sustainable design. The following is a selection of more recent design manuals:

Structures and Assemblies Handbooks

A Selection of Recommended Books

Additional Sources

Once you've identified architects, firms, or architecture schools doing interesting work with building envelopes, remember to search for recent books about their work! E.g.:

Relevant Subject Headings

Search the UCLA Library Catalog under the following Subject Headings to locate additional sources:

Air-supported structures
Architecture and climate
Architecture and energy conservation
Architecture and solar radiation
Buildings --Energy conservation
Buildings --Environmental engineering
Buildings --Thermal properties
Cable structures
Curtain walls
Dwellings --Energy conservation
Exterior Walls
Facades --Design and Construction
Flat roofs
Green roofs
Interior Walls
Lightweight construction
Retractable roofs
Roofs --Design and Construction
Roofs, Fabric
Roofs, Shells
Roofs, Suspension
Shells (Engineering)
Space frame structures
Sustainable architecture
Sustainable buildings --Design and construction
Sustainable construction
Sustainable design
Structural frames
Tensile architecture
Walls--Design and Construction