## Building Structures: From Concepts to DesignA thorough introduction to building for the non-expert, this book is a one-stop book reference source for knowing everything important about building structures. Readers: - follow the history of structural understanding
- grasp all the concepts of structural behaviour via step by step explanations
- apply the concepts to a simple building
- see how the concepts also apply to real buildings from Durham Cathedral to the Bank of China
- use the concepts to define the design process
- see how the concepts inform design choices
- understand how engineering and architecture have diverged and what effect this has had
- learn to do simple but relevant numerical calculations for actual structures
- enter the world of structural theory and see how modern techniques are applied.
With over 400 pages and over 1000 user-friendly diagrams, this book is a must for anyone who has to or would like to understand the fascinating world of structures. |

### What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

good

### Contents

Loads and load paths | 13 |

Internal forces | 37 |

CHAPTERS Structural element behaviour | 57 |

Advanced concepts of stress | 86 |

CHAPTERS Structural materials | 117 |

Safe structures and failure | 134 |

Geometry and structural behaviour | 168 |

CHAPTERS Behaviour of a simple building | 193 |

Real structures | 212 |

Structural conception | 257 |

Structures and built form | 284 |

A simple approach to calculations | 330 |

The mathematical basis | 373 |

Further Reading | 416 |

### Other editions - View all

### Common terms and phrases

arch architects architecture axial forces axial stress axially loaded basic beam element bending moment bending moment diagrams bending stresses buckling building structures calculations cantilever cathedral cause collapse column compressive stresses cross-section curved differential equation displacement function dome equilibrium example factor of safety flange floor forces and bending funicular geometry horizontal loads horizontal shear internal forces ISBN joint Le Corbusier lever arm linear elastic load path masonry mathematical matrix maximum moments and shear overall plastic hinge portal frame pre-stress principal stresses pull forces purlins push force reactions reinforced concrete resist roof rotations self-weight shape shear force diagrams shear forces shear stresses shell shown in Fig simple slab slender slice span steel stiffness stress distribution structural action structural behaviour structural design structural elements structural material Sydney Opera House tensile stresses tension theory timber torsional truss truss-like values vary vertical load wall weight wind loads