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Why Buildings Stand Up : The Strength of Architecture - Mario Salvadori

Why Buildings Stand Up

The Strength of Architecture

Paperback Published: 17th February 2002
ISBN: 9780393306767
Number Of Pages: 320

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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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[A] delightful book.... Descriptions of structural milestones, such as the Pyramids, Hagia Sophia, Brunelleschi's Duomo, and the Eiffel Tower, as well as the more familiar examples of Gothic cathedrals, suspension bridges, and skyscrapers, are interspersed with information on basic structural theory.... The author sheds light on some of the problems of contemporary aesthetics. With its photos, drawings, and a readable style, this book will serve both the general reader and the specialist. "

Structuresp. 17
The Beginning of Architecturep. 17
Function and Structurep. 18
Architects and Engineersp. 23
Structure and the Laymanp. 24
The Pyramidsp. 27
What Are They?p. 27
The Building of the Pyramidsp. 29
The Social Purpose of the Pyramidsp. 38
The Death of the Pyramidsp. 40
Loadsp. 43
Dead Loadsp. 43
Live Loadsp. 44
Dynamic Loadsp. 45
Wind Loadsp. 49
Earthquake Loadsp. 53
Thermal and Settlement Loadsp. 54
Materialsp. 59
Tension and Compressionp. 59
Elasticity and Plasticityp. 60
Safety Factorsp. 63
Steelp. 64
Reinforced Concretep. 66
Plasticsp. 70
Beams and Columnsp. 72
Newton's Lawsp. 72
Translational Equilibriump. 73
Rotational Equilibriump. 75
Beam Actionp. 76
Shearp. 83
Bucklingp. 85
Housesp. 90
Prehistoric and Historic Housesp. 90
The American Housep. 94
Concrete-Frame Housingp. 96
Prefabricated Concrete Buildingsp. 101
Skyscrapersp. 107
The High-Rise Buildingp. 107
The Birth of a Skyscraperp. 109
The Skyscraper Structurep. 116
The Eiffel Towerp. 126
The Symbolp. 126
The Builder of the Towerp. 129
The Building of the Towerp. 133
Cranes and Elevatorsp. 136
The Life of the Towerp. 140
The Taller Towersp. 141
Bridgesp. 144
Archesp. 144
Railroad Bridgesp. 150
Concrete Bridgesp. 157
Space Framesp. 160
The Brooklyn Bridgep. 165
The Creator of the Bridgep. 165
The Construction of the Bridgep. 169
Modern Suspension Bridgesp. 176
Form-Resistant Structuresp. 179
Grids and Flat Slabsp. 179
Strength through Formp. 186
Curved Surfacesp. 188
Barrel Roofs and Folded Platesp. 191
Saddle Roofsp. 195
Complex Roofsp. 198
Thin Shell Damsp. 201
The Unfinished Cathedralp. 206
The Origin of the Gothic Cathedralsp. 206
Gothic Spaces and Structuresp. 209
Saint Pierre at Beauvaisp. 217
Domesp. 225
The Largest Roofs in the Worldp. 225
The Dome as Structurep. 226
The Pantheonp. 230
Santa Maria del Fiorep. 233
Modern Domesp. 242
Hagia Sophiap. 246
The Construction of the Churchp. 246
The Interior of the Churchp. 248
The Structure of the Churchp. 252
The Fate of Hagia Sophiap. 255
Tents and Balloonsp. 259
Tentsp. 259
Pneumatic Structuresp. 268
The Hanging Skyp. 278
Domes and Dishesp. 278
The Hanging Dishp. 280
The Message of Structurep. 288
Semiotic Messagesp. 288
Semiotic Message and Scalep. 297
The Varying Semiotic Messagep. 300
Afterwordp. 303
Indexp. 315
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ISBN: 9780393306767
ISBN-10: 0393306763
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 17th February 2002
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1

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