Building Structures: From Concepts to Design

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Taylor & Francis, 2005 - Architecture - 423 pages
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A 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.

 

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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
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