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Building Structures Illustrated : Patterns, Systems, and Design - Francis D. K. Ching

Building Structures Illustrated

Patterns, Systems, and Design

Paperback Published: 1st November 2013
ISBN: 9781118458358
Number Of Pages: 352

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A new edition of Francis D.K. Ching's illustrated guide to structural design

Structures are an essential element of the building process, yet one of the most difficult concepts for architects to grasp. While structural engineers do the detailed consulting work for a project, architects should have enough knowledge of structural theory and analysis to design a building. Building Structures Illustrated takes a new approach to structural design, showing how structural systems of a building?such as an integrated assembly of elements with pattern, proportions, and scale?are related to the fundamental aspects of architectural design. The book features a one-stop guide to structural design in practice, a thorough treatment of structural design as part of the entire building process, and an overview of the historical development of architectural materails and structure. Illustrated throughout with Ching's signature line drawings, this new Second Edition is an ideal guide to structures for designers, builders, and students.

  • Updated to include new information on building code compliance, additional learning resources, and a new glossary of terms
  • Offers thorough coverage of formal and spatial composition, program fit, coordination with other building systems, code compliance, and much more
  • Beautifully illustrated by the renowned Francis D.K. Ching

Building Structures Illustrated, Second Edition is the ideal resource for students and professionals who want to make informed decisions on architectural design.

Preface ii

1 Building Structures 1

2 Structural Patterns 9

3 Horizontal Spans 89

4 Vertical Dimensions 147

5 Lateral Stability 197

6 Long-Span Structures 235

7 High-Rise Structures 277

8 Systems Integration 305

Bibliography 335

Index 337

ISBN: 9781118458358
ISBN-10: 1118458354
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st November 2013
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.43 x 21.34  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.91
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Revised

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Francis D.K. Ching

About the Author


Francis D.K. Ching is a registered architect and Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle. 


He is the bestselling author of numerous books on architecture and design, all published by Wiley. His works have been translated into over eighteen languages and are regarded as classics for their renowned graphic presentation.

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