Why Buildings Stand Up: The Strength Of Architecture

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1990 - Architecture - 323 pages
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"Readers will rejoice... in the physical discoveries, ancient and modern, that create and govern the artifacts inside of which readers spend most of their natural lives."—New York Times

Between a nomad's tent and the Sears Tower lies a revolution in technology, materials, and structures. Here is a clear and enthusiastic introduction to buildings methods from ancient times to the present day, including recent advances in science and technology that have had important effects on the planning and construction of buildings: improved materials (steel, concrete, plastics), progress in antiseismic designs, and the revolutionary changes in both architectural and structural design made possible by the computer.
 

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User Review  - nbmars - LibraryThing

In brief, as the author explains, this book offers the history of some of the great monuments of architecture and an explanation of why they stand up. He describes in detail the challenge of weight ... Read full review

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User Review  - sarcher - LibraryThing

This is my second read, the first more than a decade ago. The theoretical chapters near the beginning (loads, materials, beams) are better than the chapters that get caught up in 'explaining ... Read full review

Contents

Structures
13
2
27
Loads
43
5
72
Skyscrapers
107
The Eiffel Tower
126
Bridges
144
The Brooklyn Bridge
165
The Unfinished Cathedral
206
Domes
225
Hagia Sophia
246
Tents and Balloons
259
The Hanging Sky
278
The Message of Structure
288
Afterword
303
Index
315

FormResistant Structures
179

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Mario G. Salvadori was a structural engineer and professor of both civil engineering and architecture at Columbia University.

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