Books

Goat Rodeo: Practicing Built Environments 
Phillip G. Bernstein, Carol Burns, Joseph G. Burns, Renee Cheng, Carrie Sturts Dossick, Billie Faircloth, Kiel Moe, Michael J. Monti 
Edited by Daniel S. Friedman 
Fried Fish Publishing, April 2016 
ISBN: 978-1530060252
 
 
Goat Rodeo: Practicing Built Environments explores the complex and often competing factors within the building industry, questioning what changes are needed to make this interdisciplinary profession reach its full potential. This unconventional narrative plays graphically on the term goat rodeo, a complicated and hectic situation in which multiple people have conflicting goals and insights. The authors use personal frameworks of education, research, equity, collaboration, technology, information, energy, and infrastructure to comment on the changing relationship between the act of building and the forces that drive it.  
 
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Alluvium: Dhaka, Bangladesh, in the Crossroads of Water 
Extracts from Seven Years of the Dhaka Design-Research Lab at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design 
Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake 
ORO Editions, August 2015 
ISBN: 978-1941806869
 
 
Imagine the most extreme urban environment on earth—a place three times as dense as Manhattan, enveloped in a constant flow of water, beset by a relentless stream of rural migrants, plagued by annual monsoons, and threatened by climate change. Since 2007, architects Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake have directed a design-research laboratory on Dhaka, capital city of Bangladesh, for graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. What began as a desire to help a city in need became an immersion in investigating its ebbs and flows, mapping its urban systems, and charting its development via annual visits. The result of this extended study is Alluvium: Dhaka, Bangladesh, in the Crossroads of Water, a cross-genre book that incorporates first-person narrative, documentary photography, and research-based infographics and maps to encourage new readings and perspectives. 
 
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Plastics Now: On Architecture's Relationship to a Continuously Emerging Material 
Billie Faircloth 
Taylor & Francis Group, Routledge, July 2015 
ISBN: 978-1138804517
 
 
Plastics Now addresses one primary question: why do we build with plastics the way that we do? For decades, plastics have been described over and over again as “the future”—yet we still do not know precisely what to do with them. Billie Faircloth argues that this inertia is due to plastics' indecipherability, which has prevented them from becoming fully known. The author tracks the process by which plastics became defined as a class of building materials. Drawing on new, original data from the industry press, beautifully drawn original timelines, hundreds of historical and contemporary images, advertisements dating to the 1950s, and technical data, this unconventional book explores the emergence of plastics as a building material and presents new findings. 
 
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KieranTimberlake: Inquiry  
Stephen Kieran, James Timberlake and Karl Wallick  
Rizzoli International Publications, Incorporated  
ISBN: 0847836789
 
 
By refusing to preconceive a formal answer before engaging in dialogue with clients, consultants, and fabricators, KieranTimberlake ensure that form is the result of process. Through their use of both digital and manual methods of conceptualization and production, KieranTimberlake produces work that is a unique synthesis of technique, technology, and composition. Research into the natural environment, energy, social and learning structures, materials, existing building fabric, the economics of construction, and the processes of collaboration inform their work. By undertaking a path of research into potential technologies that alter fabrication and delivery methods, and that influence the way we live in our environments, KieranTimberlake hope to reshape our expectations of architecture.

Cellophane House™  
KieranTimberlake, Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake  
Foreword:Sandy Isenstadt, Afterword: Billie Faircloth  
KieranTimberlake, May 2011  
ISBN: 978-0-9831301-3-0
 
 
Cellophane House™ chronicles the design and execution of a five-story, off-site fabricated home assembled on-site in just sixteen days as part of The Museum of Modern Art exhibition, Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling. Through a series of questions, this book explores several of KieranTimberlake's ongoing research agendas including speed of on-site assembly, design for disassembly, a holistic approach to the life cycle of materials, and the development of a lightweight, high-performance, energy gathering building envelope.  
 
Also available electronically on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks. Compatible with iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle, Nook, Android, Mac and PC.

Loblolly House: Elements of a New Architecture  
Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake  
Princeton Architectural Press, June 2008  
ISBN: 9781568987477
 
 
KieranTimberlake puts its ideas about streamlining the design-build process to the test in this groundbreaking house, featuring an adjustable double-skin facade. Situated on idyllic Taylors Island, off the coast of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, Loblolly House inaugurates a new, more efficient way of building through the use of building information modeling (BIM) and integrated component assemblies. With minimal impact to the site's ecosystem, the house was manufactured off-site and lifted into place. Thousands of parts were collapsed into a few dozen prefabricated cartridges and blocks that simply slid into an industrial frame on location.

refabricating ARCHITECTURE  
Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake  
McGraw-Hill Professional, November 2003  
ISBN: 007143321X
 
 
Preoccupation with image and a failure to look at process has led entire generations of architects to overlook transfer technologies and transfer processes. Kieran and Timberlake argue that the time has come to re-evaluate and update the basic design and construction methods that have constrained the building industry throughout its history. They skillfully demonstrate that contemporary architectural construction is a linear process, in both design and construction, where segregation of intelligence and information is the norm. They convince the reader to look at the automobile, shipbuilding, and aerospace industries to learn how to incorporate collective intelligence and nonhierarchical production structures. Those industries have proven to be progressively economic, efficient, and they yield a higher quality product while the production of buildings stagnates in the methods and practices of the ninteenth century. The transfer they envision is the complete integration of design with the craft of assembly supported by the materials scientist, the product engineer, and the process engineer, all using tools of present information science as the central enabler.  
 
Also available in Korean and Chinese language versions  
 
ISBN: 89-5592-056-3 (Korean)  
ISBN: 978-7-112-11118-3 (Chinese)

Manual: The Architecture of KieranTimberlake  
Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake  
Introduction, Alberto Perez-Gomez  
Princeton Architectural Press, March 2002  
ISBN: 1-56898-313-1
 
 
Manual is no typical architectural monograph. It is a guidebook to how the successful Philadelphia firm KieranTimberlake builds their buildings. Manual reveals the architect's "trade secrets," opening the firm's files of details to show us how things are made. Anyone who has every looked at a building or a staircase or a shelf and wondered "how did they do that?" will find the answer in Manual. By disclosing their design strategies-illustrating them with photographs and detailed working drawings from twenty-nine built projects ranging from houses to schools, KieranTimberlake provides in this unique book a level of understanding not otherwise possible.