Why Buildings Stand Up: The Strength of Architecture pdf free download by Mario Salvadori, Saralinda Hooker, Christopher Ragus

Why Buildings Stand Up: The Strength of Architecture pdf free download by Mario Salvadori, Saralinda Hooker, Christopher Ragus

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Why Buildings Stand Up: The Strength of Architecture pdf free download by Mario Salvadori, Saralinda Hooker, Christopher Ragus.

“Readers will rejoice… in the physical discoveries, ancient and modern, that create and govern the artifacts inside of which readers spend most of their natural lives.”―New York Times

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. B/W line drawings.

Review

[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. “
This book was recommended to me by my architecture professor and it is well worth reading. Without going into too much physics the author explains clearly the importance of forces like wind on structures like bridges, skyscrapers, domes etc. To illustrate these infuences there are chapters on some of the architectural wonders of the world: Eiffel Tower, Pyramids, Brooklyn Bridge and Aya Sofia to name but a few.
There are no photographs in this book but crudely drawn pictures, which actually makes the reader understand the concepts better.
If you like buildings and architecture in general this book is instrumental in the understandings of why buildings stand up.

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