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Download free To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design – Henry Petroski
“Reading Petroski’s fine book is not only a delight, it is a necessity.” –Houston Chronicle How did a simple design error cause one of the great disasters of the 1980s—the collapse of the walkways at the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel? What made the graceful and innovative Tacoma Narrows Bridge twist apart in a mild wind in 1940? How did an oversized waterlily inspire the...

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Download free The Magic of Dialogue – Daniel Yankelovich
In “The Magic of Dialogue,” famed social scientist Daniel Yankelovich does more than revive the ancient art of dialogue; he reinvents it in a brief, practical form that suits our times. Drawing on decades of research, he offers a method that will help managers, leaders, businesspeople, and other professionals succeed in the new economy. By helping them to master the communication skills...

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Download free Sacred Space, Sacred Sound: The Acoustic Mysteries of Holy Places – Susan Hale, Don Campbell
Visionary singer Susan Hale believes that early peoples deliberately built their structures to enhance natural vibrations. She takes us around the globe-from Stonehenge and New Grange to Gothic cathedrals and Tibetan stupas in New Mexico-to explore the acoustics of sacred places. But, she says, you don’t have to go to the Taj Mahal: The sacred is all around us, and we are all sound chambers...

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Download free Dance Dance Dance – Haruki Murakami
here. High-class call girls billed to Mastercard. A psychic 13-year-old dropout with a passion for Talking Heads. A hunky matinee idol doomed to play dentists and teachers. A one-armed beach-combing poet, an uptight hotel clerk and one very bemused narrator caught in the web of advanced capitalist mayhem. Combine this offbeat cast of characters with Murakami’s idiosyncratic prose and out comes...

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Download free Debatteren om te winnen – Roderik van Grieken
Managers en ondernemers, politici en ambtenaren, professionals en adviseurs proberen dagelijks anderen te overtuigen. Bij vergaderingen, discussies en presentaties spelen debattechnieken een belangrijke rol. Debatteren om te winnen laat aan de hand van diverse methoden, overtuigtips en oefeningen zien hoe je sterker kunt argumenteren en beter presenteren. Nieuw in deze editie: actuele cases en een...

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Download free Administrative Assistant’s & Secretary’s Handbook – James Stroman, Katharina M. Wilson, Jennifer Wauson, Kevin Wilson
“Being a professional administrative assistant requires an astonishing and varied range of skills involving interpersonal communication, written presentations, and organizational ability. Between coordinating meetings, making travel arrangements, and running the phone lines, administrative professionals are involved in nearly every aspect of the office. Written in a down-to-earth style,...

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Download free Geoffrey Bawa: The Complete Works – David Robson, Geoffrey Bawa
Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, born 1919, fused local construction traditions with modern forms and sensibility to create harmonious and pleasurable buildings that have become legendary in the region and influential around the world. This volume is a documentation and appreciation of the man and his work. Part One contains three chapters on Bawa’s early life, the history of Sri Lankan...

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Download free Why Architects Draw – Edward Robbins
For nearly twenty years Edward Robbins, an anthropologist, has been studying and writing about the system of architectural education and practice in this country and abroad. In this book he examines the social uses of architectural drawing: how drawing acts to direct both the conception and the production of architecture; how it helps architects set an agenda, define what is important about a design, and...

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Download free The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Influencing, Attracting, and Winning People Over – Jack Schafer, Marvin Karlins
From a former FBI Special Agent specializing in behavior analysis and recruiting spies comes a handbook filled with his proven strategies on how to instantly read people and influence how they perceive you, so you can easily turn on the like switch. The Like Switch is packed with all the tools you need for turning strangers into friends, whether you are on a sales call, a first date, or a job interview....

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Download free How to Be a Gentleman: A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy – John Bridges, Bryan Curtis
In a world of cellular phones, express lanes, business lunches, and political correctness, being a gentleman seems to be more and more complicated. Gentlemanly behavior, says John Bridges, is not about do’s and don’ts, but about common sense and courtesy. A gentleman does not use his cellular phone during a concert, nor does he borrow more money than he can afford to pay back. He always puts...

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Download free Paris: The Collected Traveler – Barrie Kerper
This unique guide to one of the world’s most beloved tourist destinations combines fascinating articles by a wide variety of writers, woven throughout with the editor’s own indispensable advice and opinions—providing in one package an unparalleled experience of an extraordinary place. This edition on Paris features:● Articles, interviews, and reminiscences from writers, visitors, residents, and...

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Download free Closing the Gap: Information Models in Contemporary Design Practice – Richard Garber
By closing the gap between conceptual design and the documentation required for construction, building information modelling (BIM) promises to revolutionise contemporary design practice. This issue of AD brings together a group of pioneering academics, architects, engineers and construction managers all of whom are engaged in the use of building information models in the actualisation of complex building...