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 Architectural Graphic Standards, Tenth Edition For over 70 years, Architectural Graphic Standards has been the bedrock design reference for generations of architects, builders and engineers. Now comes the most complete design tool yet--the completely updated and expanded Tenth Edition. You'll find a wealth of information, complete with 10,000 drawings.
  Date Published 4/7/2000

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Rated By: Ramon J. Cook, P.E.
From: Schertz, TX
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Comments: A 1932 Heirloom copy of 1st edition, NOT A CURRENT BOOK!
This text is a coffee-table book or a teaching library text, suitable for impressing novices to architecture how things were actually drawn to be built in 1932. It has no current value, unless one is renovating a building of that era. No code or other standards are included.

Rated By: A reader
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Comments: great! but not acceptable price wise
This is a great source but something should be done about it's cost. It is absolutely a must have for all architects but the price is something one hesitates about.
Rated By: A reader
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Comments: Good reference book, Limited Formula's, Over priced!
A good reference book but of limited use, Its tables of materials is quit limited, especially sections dealing with steel,wood and concrete structural properties. The book tries to touch on all things at the expense of specificity in regards to basic materials and building techniques, The book would be fine for Architectural students but would be of limited use as a reference book for design. Severly over priced.
Rated By: A reader
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Comments: Valued Possession
This book is reviewed in The Earth Times, issue of Dec. 1-31, 1999, by Louis Silverstein, executive editor of the publication, who calls the 1953 edition the book he values more than any other in his possession. "If you need to build a home or a small city from scratch ... there is one one book of instruction you would need."
Rated By: David R. Hunter
From: Salt Lake
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Comments: Great book. . .overpriced
As an Architect, I had at one time always considered AGS to be the Bible of Architectural priactice, but of course it is very cost prohibitive. I guess they would expect one to just to write it off on his taxes, so it didn't matter if the price was kept high. I think it's usefulness in today's practice however is not as profound because of the wealth of information that is now available from suppliers, manufactures, etc.
Rated By: Curtis Harkin, AIA "charkin11"
From: USA
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Comments: The Big Red Book
It has 154 more pages than the 9th edition, so it has new information, but as you page through it you will find it seems almost identical. They need to keep most of the old data, so I wouldn't take off points for that. You can see the publisher's review for all of the new features: I noticed that the Historic Preservation chapter has been shortened a bit.

Potentially, the biggest addition is the CD-ROM, which has CAD files ready to use, and includes pretty much everything from the book. You might think that you are getting all that for the cost of the book, but...no. The "demo" CD comes in a sleeve inside the back cover, and is noted: "Full functionality, Limited data." You can access a drawing of a bar joist, for example. It exports a DWG or DXF file with layers based on line weights. The interface is pretty clear; you don't have to read any instructions to start using it. The CD actually has all of the data, but you have to pay another $425 online to "unlock" it. That could be a bargain, but I suspect that most firms will feel that their own detail library is more applicable to the work they do. Still, $425 represents less than a day's worth of billable hours.

Every architect knows the value of this book, and most every architecture firm (in the U.S. anyway) will want at least one copy just to stay current, and because the old one is getting worn out. You might as well get it now, and decide on the CD-ROM later. I'd love to have a special edition set with each page ever published in all of the AGS books, or even just the last 3 or 4. I'd give that 6 stars.

Rated By: olga gonzalez soto
From: Guatemala
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Comments: the greatest
its the most complete and ilustrative book, its so functional and the cd-rom its the best you can import things to cad software to make your drawings so perfect, its the best!
Rated By: A reader
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Comments: Don't Be Fooled by the Enclosed CD-Rom
While the Architectural Graphics Standards book is as good a reference as always, the enticement of a CD-Rom is a false promise. You have to purchase an unlock code to access the Rom. Said access code is available for a fee of $425.00. That wasn't disclosed before I purchased it.
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Comments: Architectural Graphic Standards 1932 Edition
The book is fine. ()It only contains standards from 1932.This book is not very usefull to anyone building to current standards.

Rated By: A reader
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Comments: complete on the basics
As an architecture student this book provides an excellent, affordable reference in designing. It contains all the basic dimensions that we frequently question and are constantly looking up. Another positive is that it weighs less than the full version and so its much easier to cart around.
Rated By: Gary Tomic
From: Australia
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Comments: the encyclopedia for architects
I find this book is so powerful, because I can find any things for a architect want to know from this book. I call this book is the encyclopedia for me. I really want to buy this book, but unfortunately, I am a Australian architect, and we are using metric unit (metre), and it is quite trouble to understand the inch dimension for us. So editor, Could you please publish a "Architectural Graphic Standards in Metric" in the following edition, please.
Rated By: Sandra J. Kay "accdesignbld1"
From: Hampton, Virginia
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Comments: Excellent all around quick reference
This affordable Architectural Graphic Standards reference has a great index and offered all of the details that I sought over a couple of months as a junior in a five year professional architecture program. It is compact, as complete as one would need for a quick reference, and it seems to have all of the normal standards required in school and at work, too.
Rated By: Mike Banks
From: MD
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Comments: Every Architect Needs a Copy
The early editions of this book are must-haves for architects. Much of the information, especially residential details, is relevant today. As a literal graphic standard, this work presents visual information that was the genesis of modern professional working drawings. The clarity and richness of information as presented here can stand up in as well as inform today's CADD environment. One note: With a little effort, you can find an original(2nd or 3rd)edition in good condition for less than the cost of this reprint.The first three editions contain nearly identical information.
Rated By: A reader
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Comments: Disappointed from Texas
If I had read some of the reviews I would never had purchased the book. When I looked at it closely I realized that it was something I really couldn't use because it did not include the up to date building requirements. If the title shown had mentioned 1932 edition it would have helped in my decsion whether to purchase the book or not. One thing I learned was that I need to check and double check before I purchase.
Rated By: Stephen Colley
From: San Antonio, TX
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Comments: Lots of Hay, but Very Few Needles
Once again the editors of Graphic Standards have promised a useful reference for architects, and have fallen way short. In architecture school (1972), I purchased the sixth edition and found it better than most reference books for students of architecture. However, even then I noticed many sections of questionable value. Pages and pages of dimensions of designer furniture and kitchenware fall into this category.

Recently, after practicing architecture for 20 years, I was suckered back by publisher Wiley's siren song of how the new tenth edition is new, informative, refreshing, up to date, etc. Fooled again. Sure, the Graphic Standards is a fair source of information, but I question the editors' judgement as to what is worth publishing between the wonderfully bound front and rear cover. For example, look up "R-value" in the index and you are directed to 55 words on page 486 how R-value relates to windows and that it's the inverse of U-values. Nothing on the R-value of all exterior skin construction materials or how the R-value relates poorly to thermal massing materials. These things should be very important to architects and are disappointingly absent from the Graphic Standards. However, if you ever need to know what a Zamboni looks like, or need to know the dimensions required for a rodeo barrel race, this is your book! Want an entire page showing ten pieces of gymnastics equipment (pg. 777) or how to draw an ellipse using pen or pencil (pg.999)? Seek no more. Twenty four pages of kitchen utensils and garden tools are still there. This is the best place to find loads of pages of barely useful information of dubious worth.

Once the editors of Graphic Standards discover that a meaningful discussion on R-values in building materials deserves more space than the dimensions of a belt sander, then I might reconsider purchasing a later edition, but I won't hold my breath. Oh, one more thing, for you architects out there working on a Macintosh platform, the accompanying CD-ROM is useless.

Rated By: Dan Johnson
From: Seattle, WA
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Comments: Be careful, this is the 1932 edition!
I bought this book thinking that it was the recent version, but it's a reissue of the 1932 edition! The publishing date is 1998 and the title makes no mention of the antiquated material. This book is an interesting historical work but is useless as a contemporary reference. Make sure you get the "10th Edition" published in 2000 if you want the recent one. I'm trying to return my 1932 antique now.
Rated By: Joe Thompson
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Comments: Save your money
As a Construction Superintendent I previously used the sixth edition and was looking forward to the new 10th Edition. What a disapointment. Much of the useful text has been replaced with useless dimensions for every type of furniture imaginable. Many chapters have been stripped down to brief over views, and turned into "that's what this is called" details.

If that's the type of book your looking for there are many other less expensive options out there.

If you need serious details, try some of the previous editions since the means and methods of construction don't change significantly. You may find some of the newer materials aren't included in previous editions, however, what good is it to you if the 10th Edition only shows you a cross section of the material.
Rated By: Isabella
From: Hampton , Virginia
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Comments: Very pleased
This book was listed as "used", and at approx. $170 it was all I could afford for my hubby's birthday (he's been eyeing a copy for a while, but couldn't buy a new one). Anyway, I knew he'd be happy with a "used" copy. Well....when it arrived it looked straight-from-the-factory-new. I was very pleased! Quite a wonderful gift. He was very appreciative. Thank you for helping make his birthday!

Rated By: Thomas M. Croskrey
From: Fairbanks Alaska
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Comments: Architectural Graphic Standards
About every thing you need to know about architecture, drawing architechture, and understanding architecture. This is a valuable addition and source of information for my architectural library.
Rated By: Andrea di Pietro della Gondola
From: Maryland
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Comments: Regarding 1934 reprint of 1st edition: good resource
This is an excellent resource for anyone looking to understand traditional building materials and methods. The printing is excellent. The actual plates from the original work are valuable not only for the technical information they contain, but the artistry with which they were composed is superb.

If you already have a copy of the 2nd or 3rd edition (perhaps even 4th?, but I only have seen the former), this book is superfluous. The material contained herein is essentially the same and in the next two additions. If you can find a copy of the 3rd edition, I would recommend that to anyone looking for an old Architectural Graphics Standards, as it contains some additional information.

About the contents: This book is particularly useful regarding masonry construction, including terra-cotta facades. It also shows traditional woodwork details, but only to the extent that the modern AGS editions do--that is to say, there is something to be desired. If that is your interest, there are numerous other books on that subject available on Amazon (just search for them).
Rated By: Oberle Assoc Inc.
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Comments: Architectual Graphic Standards February 23, 2006
The most up to date technical information for the architectual and construction community. A must have source of information.