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Architecture & Urban Design

This Library Research Guide is intended as a starting place for UCLA researchers, pointing to resources and strategies for finding information about architecture and urban design topics.

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