Architects have more and more materials at their disposal as technology develops, and new uses for old materials. This book demonstrates what can be achieved with this wealth of material choice. The choice of material can have wide-ranging effects, making a project more environmentally friendly, more affordable, or more versatile. Clearly divided into categories, the information provided here offers architects and designers essential tools for achieving their desired results. Full color photographs and explanatory texts provide details regarding the properties of each material.