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Why Buildings Fall Down : How Structures Fail - Matthys Levy

Why Buildings Fall Down

How Structures Fail

Paperback Published: 17th February 2002
ISBN: 9780393311525
Number Of Pages: 346

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The authors examine buildings of all kinds, from ancient domes like Istanbul's Hagia Sophia to the state-of-the-art Hartford Civic Arena. Their subjects range from the man-caused destruction of the Parthenon to the earthquake damage of 1989 in Armenia and San Francisco. The stories that make up Why Buildings Fall Down are in the end very human ones, tales of the interaction of people and nature, of architects, engineers, builders, materials, and natural forces all coming together in sometimes dramatic (and always instructive) ways.

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In Why Buildings Stand Up, Salvadori wrote so knowledgeably, expressing his sheer delight, about bridges, loads, stress, weather and a host of other topics, that the general reader was totally captivated by what he might have expected to be a fairly dusty subject. This successor volume is, as may be imagined, less aesthetically satisfying but a whole lot jazzier. It chronicles and explains spectacular architectural failures - some of them horrible disasters: bridges, tower blocks, dams, some new and some ancient. The ghastly collapse of the Hyatt Regency hotel in Kansas City in 1981 is one case to be examined in detail along with the causes of this bureaucratic and engineering failure, and the author finds room as well for disasters of a different kind in such places as Dresden and Coventry. The 11 September terrorist attack in New York is also given detailed structural treatment. These books are enthralling. There's no question of having one of them: you need them both, and the way you look at buildings will never be the same again. (Kirkus UK)

Perfacep. 9
Acknowledgmentsp. 11
Introductionp. 13
The First Structural Failurep. 17
Miracle on Thirty-fourth Streetp. 25
Will the Pantheon Stand Up Forever?p. 31
For Lack of Redundancyp. 55
Big Bangsp. 76
The Day the Earth Shookp. 90
Galloping Gertiep. 109
When Metals Tirep. 121
Thruways to Eternityp. 134
The Weaknesses of Mother Earthp. 149
Valley of Tearsp. 161
The House of Cardsp. 173
Structural Dermatologyp. 183
Old-Age Deathp. 207
The Worst Structural Disaster in the United Statesp. 221
The Politics of Destructionp. 231
The Structure of the Lawp. 242
Terror from the Skyp. 257
Conclusion: Can We Prevent Future Failures?p. 269
Loadsp. 281
Stress and Strainp. 289
Structural Materialsp. 292
Structural Systemsp. 295
Indexp. 327
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ISBN: 9780393311525
ISBN-10: 039331152X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 346
Published: 17th February 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1

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