Why Buildings Stand Up: The Strength of Architecture

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1990 - Architecture - 323 pages
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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  - Greg Whitcher - Goodreads

Great introduction to the history and science of structures for non-engineers. Read full review

Review: Why Buildings Stand Up: The Strength of Architecture

User Review  - Isaac - Goodreads

Very good descriptions of great buildings and structural principles for lay people. Especially good are the chapters on specific buildings, although the whole book was interesting. Read full review

Contents

Structures
17
The Pyramids
27
Loads
43
Materials
59
Beams and Columns
72
Skyscrapers
107
The Eiffel Tower
126
Bridges
144
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

The Brooklyn Bridge
165
FormResistant Structures
179

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About the author (1990)

Mario Salvadori, author of "Why Buildings Stand Up" and many other books, was an internationally known architect, mathematician, and teacher whose career spanned more than 60 years. A longtime resident of New York City, Dr. Salvadori died in June, 1997.

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