Building Type Basics for Places of Worship / Edition 1

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Building Type Basics for Places of Worship presents practicalguidelines and inspirational design ideas to jump-start a broadrange of religious building projects. To steer the project team tosound decisions early in the planning cycle, Nicholas Roberts, arenowned architect of places of worship, provides guidelines,advice, and lessons learned from a variety of actual designprojects for churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples.Descriptive illustrations and need-to-know information cover suchessential topics as consensus-based decision-making, site selectionand planning, worship space design, art and furnishing selection,historic renovation, code compliance, and more.

This indispensable guide:

  • Asks and answers twenty questions that frequently arise in theearly phases of a project commission
  • Provides project photographs, diagrams, floor plans, sections,and details
  • Includes design guidelines for a variety of places of worship,including some of the most innovative contemporary designs

This conveniently organized quick reference is an invaluableguide for busy, dedicated professionals who want to get movingquickly as they embark on a new project. Like every Building TypeBasics book, it provides authoritative, up-to-date informationinstantly and saves architects and facility planners countlesshours of research.

Engineering consultants will also find in this volume a wealthof information to help them tackle religious facility commissionsof every kind and scale.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471225683
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/11/2004
  • Series: Building Type Basics Series, #6
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,105,891
  • Product dimensions: 7.68 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

NICHOLAS W. ROBERTS, AIA, a senior associate at Leo A Daly, leadsthe firm’s Los Angeles office religious building group. Hemanaged the executive architecture and engineering team for the newCathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, designed byRafael Moneo. His portfolio includes parish churches and religiouseducation buildings for several denominations. Roberts is a memberof the faculty at Woodbury University and a frequent speaker atarchitectural conferences.

STEPHEN A. KLIMENT, FAIA (Series Founder and Editor), is anarchitectural journalist and an adjunct professor at the CityCollege of New York. He was chief editor of Architectural Recordfrom 1990 to 1996.

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Table of Contents

Preface (S. Kliment).


1. The Significance and Qualities of Worship Spaces.

2. Project Team and Process.

3. Unique Design Concerns.

4. Site Selection and Planning.

5. Public Agency Approval.

6. Sustainable Design (F. Cousins and M. Murosky).

7. Structural Systems (B. Gibbons, et al.).

8. Mechanical Systems (F. Cousins and M. Murosky).

9. Electrical and Communications Systems (S. Done and J.Phillips).

10. Special Equipment.

11. Materials.

12. Acoustic and Audiovisual Considerations (D. Paoletti and S.Milsom).

13. Lightning Design (F. Krahe and P. Butler).

14. Furniture, Fixtures, and Artwork.

15. Wayfinding, Graphics, and Signage.

16. Historic Renovation.

17. International Challenges.

18. Operation and Maintenance.

19. Key Cost Factors.

20. Sources of Finance.


Bibliography and References. 


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