Why Buildings Stand Up: The Strength of Architecture

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1990 - Architecture - 323 pages
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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This had a lot of great information for someone like me; an interested layperson with no professional design training. The style is a classic sort of stuffy academic prose, and in places goes on at ... Read full review

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This is a good basic overview of structural principles and how they work. The writing style grated on me a bit, but I got used to it after a while. I’d recommend for anyone who has a basic interest in ... Read full review

Contents

Structures
17
The Pyramids
27
Loads
43
Materials
59
Beans and Columns
72
Skyscrapers
107
The Eiffel Tower
126
Bridges
144
Saddle Roofs 195 Complex Roofs 198 Thin
191
The Unfinished Cathedral
213
Donnes
225
Hagia Sophia
246
Tents and Balloons
259
The Hanging Sky
278
The Message of Structure
288
Afterword
303

1O The Brooklyn Bridge
165
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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