Why Buildings Fall Down: How Structures Fail by Matthys Levy, Mario Salvadori pdf free download

Why Buildings Fall Down: How Structures Fail by Matthys Levy, Mario Salvadori pdf free download

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Why Buildings Fall Down: How Structures Fail by Matthys Levy, Mario Salvadori pdf free download.

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. B/W line drawings.

From Library Journal

Structural engineers Levy and Salvadori have written a well-paced, highly informative, nontechnical work describing failures in a variety of structures such as buildings, bridges, and dams. Salvadori wrote Why Buildings Stand Up (Norton, 1990), so this is a natural complement. The subject, somewhat grisly in nature, is presented here with respect for the tragedies involved, and yet with a lighthearted pursuit of the truth as to the cause of the failure. Analysis of the failure is discussed and recommendations for improvement are offered, but without the usual condescension hindsight allows. Profuse illustrations by Kevin Woest, well labeled and explained, and several appendixes aid access. An index (not seen) is provided, but no glossary. This fascinating book is easily accessible to laypersons. Highly recommended.
– Alex Hartmann, Bloomsburg Univ. Lib., Pa.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The reader is sure to find the disaster that suits his or her taste. — New York Times Book Review
very interesting and clearly written.

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Site Engineering for Landscape Architects by Steven Strom, Kurt Nathan, Jake Woland pdf free download

Site Engineering for Landscape Architects by Steven Strom, Kurt Nathan, Jake Woland pdf free download

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Site Engineering for Landscape Architects by Steven Strom, Kurt Nathan, Jake Woland pdf free download.

The Leading Guide To Site Design And Engineering— Revised And Updated

Site Engineering for Landscape Architects is the top choice for site engineering, planning, and construction courses as well as for practitioners in the field, with easy-to-understand coverage of the principles and techniques of basic site engineering for grading, drainage, earthwork, and road alignment. The Sixth Edition has been revised to address the latest developments in landscape architecture while retaining an accessible approach to complex concepts.

The book offers an introduction to landform and the language of its design, and explores the site engineering concepts essential to practicing landscape architecture today—from interpreting landform and contour lines, to designing horizontal and vertical road alignments, to construction sequencing, to designing and sizing storm water management systems. Integrating design with construction and implementation processes, the authors enable readers to gain a progressive understanding of the material.

This edition contains completely revised information on storm water management and green infrastructure, as well as many new and updated case studies. It also includes updated coverage of storm water management systems design, runoff calculations, and natural resource conservation. Graphics throughout the book have been revised to bring a consistent, clean approach to the illustrations.

Perfect for use as a study guide for the most difficult section of the Landscape Architect Registration Exam (LARE) or as a handy professional reference, Site Engineering for Landscape Architects, Sixth Edition gives readers a strong foundation in site development that is environmentally sensitive and intellectually stimulating.

I downloaded this book to study material that will be covered on Section 4 of the LARE. Overall I found the information to be very helpful and thorough. It was presented in a clear and easy to understand manner.

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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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Landscape Construction by David Sauter pdf free download

Landscape Construction by David Sauter pdf free download

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Landscape Construction by David Sauter pdf free download.

Landscape Construction, 3rd edition, with its simple but complete instructions for a multitude of exterior construction projects, is the ideal learning and resource tool for future landscape contractors and designers. Photos and illustrations support the instructions for such activities as site preparation, grading and drainage, utilities and irrigation, retaining wall construction, paving, exterior carpentry, fencing, and such amenities as pools, ponds, and edging. Readers will appreciate the easy-to-follow process of construction and the review of various materials, tools, and methods. A discussion of estimating and bidding for jobs will be valuable to professionals in their work and also to homeowners as they consider their own exterior projects. Landscape Construction, 3rd edition is the sole resource needed to accomplish a multitude of hardscape construction goals.

About the Author

David Sauter is currently an instructor at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California and is a registered Landscape Architect in the State of California. Prior to his teaching career, Mr. Sauter practiced as a consulting landscape architect in the Midwest. He has additional experience in plant maintenance, plant installation, landscape construction, masonry, carpentry, paving, and landscape management and has presented seminars for the nursery industry, master gardeners, extension services and public service organizations. David Sauter earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture at Iowa State University and his Master of Arts Degree in Higher Education from The University of Iowa.
This book is full of incredible and professional information related to Landscape Construction. It’s not meant to be a DIY book you’d get from Home Depot or Lowes. This book is meant for students and professionals wanting to learn best practices regarding Landscape Construction. Amateurs, landscape designers and architects can gain some valuable insights, too. We used this book as our textbook in the various landscape construction classes I took, studying to be a landscape designer.

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The LEGO Architect by Tom Alphin free download

The LEGO Architect by Tom Alphin free download

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Travel through the history of architecture in The LEGO Architect. You’ll learn about styles like Art Deco, Modernism, and High-Tech, and find inspiration in galleries of LEGO models. Then take your turn building 12 models in a variety of styles. Snap together some bricks and learn architecture the fun way!

First, a disclaimer: I am lucky enough to be in the index of this book. Tom did a builder profile of me for the book, and featured a couple pictures of my LEGO models.

That said, I LOVE this book! Tom did a great job of assembling together a wealth of information about 7 architectural styles of the modern era. It’s not so much as to be an overwhelming read – the whole book reads in about an hour or so. The picture quality is great, both for the LEGO models and the real architectural subjects.

At the end of every chapter is a set of instructions for building your own small-scale building of that architectural style. The instructions are done quite professionally, to the point that they are indistinguishable from official LEGO instructions. Each of these sample builds is done all in white to keep the focus on architectural shapes instead of coloration.

FANTASTIC FANTASTIC FANTASTIC book for Lego lovers. Bought this for my 11 year old son’s birthday, and it is a gem! It gives instructions on how to assemble many of the buildings it features. It was like getting multiple kits in a book. Now we can use some of the bins of Legos we have sitting around and assemble new buildings!! Great book! I recommend!

About the Author

Tom Alphin is a User Experience Program Manager at Microsoft and a passionate LEGO fan.

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Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down by J.e. Gordon free download

Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down by J.e. Gordon free download

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For anyone who has ever wondered why suspension bridges don’t collapse under eight lanes of traffic, how dams hold back-or give way under-thousands of gallons of water, or what principles guide the design of a skyscraper or a kangaroo, this book will ease your anxiety and answer your questions. J. E. Gordon strips engineering of its confusing technical terms, communicating its founding principles in accessible, witty prose.

My boss gave me this book when I arrived at my first job, and it changed the way I saw the world. It covers the basics of structural engineering from cathedrals to clothing, and does so with a blend of historical references and dry British humor that makes it delightful to read. Only basic math is used. The emphasis is on the basic principles (tension, compression, shear, etc.)and how they apply to real-world examples, ranging from bridge trusses to bias-cut fabrics and bat wings. I’d recommend this book for anyone who’s curious about how things work. My sole complaint is that this edition is a bit bulky and might seem intimidating, but that’s because the print is fairly large. I preferred the earlier British Penguin edition which was much more compact.
I first read both Structures and Gordon’s other book, The New Science of Strong Materials, in the early ’80’s. I have read them several times since, and am constantly trying to find them because I keep giving them away to people. When I read Gordon’s explanations of the history and present state of the engineering art, I look at things as diverse as cathedrals and dogs’ bladders in a new way. I remember my training in the more equation-heavy disciplines, and I can compare my 16 years of experience in engineering to the words in the book and say, “Oh yes, that’s just the way it is,” or “Oh, so that’s why that happened. Too bad I didn’t think of it at the time.”
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Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures by American Society of Civil Engineers pdf free download

Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures by American Society of Civil Engineers pdf free download

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Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, ASCE/SEI 7-10, provides requirements for general structural design and includes means for determining dead, live, soil, flood, snow, rain, atmospheric ice, earthquake, and wind loads, as well as their combinations, which are suitable for inclusion in building codes and other documents. This Standard, a revision of ASCE/SEI 7-05, offers a complete update and reorganization of the wind load provisions, expanding them from one chapter into six. The Standard contains new ultimate event wind maps with corresponding reductions in load factors, so that the loads are not affected, and updates the seismic loads with new risk-targeted seismic maps. The snow, live, and atmospheric icing provisions are updated as well. In addition, the Standard includes a detailed Commentary with explanatory and supplementary information designed to assist building code committees and regulatory authorities. The third printing of Standard ASCE/SEI 7-10 incorporates errata and includes Supplement 1. In addition, the seismic commentary has been expanded and completely revised. Standard ASCE/SEI 7 is an integral part of building codes in the United States. Many of the load provisions are substantially adopted by reference in the International Building Code and the NFPA 5000 Building Construction and Safety Code. Structural engineers, architects, and those engaged in preparing and administering local building codes will find the structural load requirements essential to their practice. Note: Purchasers of the first and second printings of this Standard 7-10 can download the errata and Supplement 1. The expanded seismic commentary can be downloaded from the ASCE Library (free with registration) .

As a student in Architectural Engineering, this book is very useful for all loading types.
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Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods by Edward Allen, Joseph Iano pdf free download

Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods by Edward Allen, Joseph Iano pdf free download

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Fundamentals of Building Construction: Materials and Methods by Edward Allen, Joseph Iano pdf free download.

Now in its sixth edition, this bestselling reference focuses on the basic materials and methods used in building construction. Emphasizing common construction systems such as light wood frame, masonry bearing wall, steel frame, and reinforced concrete construction, the new edition includes new information on building materials properties; the latest on “pre-engineered” building components and sustainability issues; and reflects the latest building codes and standards. It also features an expanded series of case studies along with more axonometric detail drawings and revised photographs for a thoroughly illustrated approach.

This book doesn’t pull any punches, covering all aspects of construction, from building sites to foundations to wood types to fasteners to framing, siding, windows, doors, concrete, masonry, glass, glazing, roof types, roofing and on and on and on. The authors aren’t just touching on these subjects, but delving deeply into each one. For example, with regard to roofing, they discuss roofing underlayment, eaves, rakes, roof drainage, overhangs, area dividers, low-slope roofs, steep roofs, cool roofs, roofing codes, etc. But they don’t just talk, they provide detailed cutaway views with dimensions, descriptions of what everything shown is and what it does. If you’re an architect, structural engineer, construction manager, builder or anyone technically curious enough to learn the details of construction materials and methods, then an investment in your own copy of this book would certainly be worthwhile.

The book, by the way, also comes with an access code to the John Wiley and Sons Interactive Resource Center, but it’s only good for 540 days (after which, I believe, you would have to pay for continued access), it’s for student rather than professional access (not sure of the distinction), and the tools don’t really offer much that the book itself doesn’t. The code gives you access to images, animations, flash cards, renderings, self-tests and a glossary. As I said, nothing special there. The book’s all you really need for your money.

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Basic Structures for Engineers and Architects by Philip Garrison pdf free download

Basic Structures for Engineers and Architects by Philip Garrison pdf free download

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Basic Structures for Engineers and Architects by Philip Garrison pdf free download.

This book provides students of civil engineering and architecture with a grounding in the fundamentals of structures, and a ‘feel’ for the way buildings behave structurally. The book aims to explain structural concepts clearly, using analogies and examples to illustrate the points, and it expresses mathematical aspects of the subject in a straightforward way. Fully worked solutions to examples available online for readers.

This work starts with basics such as forces, vectors, moments, basic beam and truss calculations, etc. It includes common misconceptions about forces and the loads carried by given truss members. Many examples of solved problems are also included.

I found the section on the method of joints, as applied to diagonal members, especially helpful.

Review

‘Philip Garrison approaches the subject in a gentle user-friendly style with clear explanations and numerous explanatory diagrams supported by well-worked examples and a number of exercises.’ Building Engineer January 2006
‘This book is well thought out, well written and would provide a good introduction to basic principles.It is aimed at those just starting their studies, but would be useful to those requiring a recap of first principles.’ The Structural Engineer Augsut 2006

From the Back Cover

This book provides students of civil engineering and architecture with a grounding in the fundamentals of structures, and a ‘feel’ for the way buildings behave structurally. The book aims to explain structural concepts clearly, using analogies and examples to illustrate the points, and it expresses mathematical aspects of the subject in a straightforward way.
Fully worked solutions to examples are available to readers. Please see www.blackwellpublishing.com/garrison/

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Architectural Drawing Course: ­Tools and Techniques for 2D and 3D Representation by Mo Zell pdf free downlaod

Architectural Drawing Course­Tools and Techniques for 2D and 3D Representation by Mo Zell pdf free downlaod

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Architectural Drawing Course: ­Tools and Techniques for 2D and 3D Representation by Mo Zell pdf free downlaod.

High school and college students who have a budding interest in architectural design will value this book for its solid foundational orientation and instruction. Author Mo Zell introduces readers to architecture’s visual language, showing them how to think spatially and getting them started in architectural drawing with a series of instructive tutorials. Presenting three-dimensional design problems, she coaches students through the fundamentals of proportion and scale, space and volume, path and place, and materials and textures. A series of 40 work units covers virtually every aspect of architectural drawing, including:

  • Learning to see and sketch with accuracy
  • Developing fundamental drawing and modeling skills
  • Mastering subjective representation and rules of perspective
  • Employing spatial strategies: rendering and diagramming ideas

    She concludes with practical advice for young people who are considering careers in architectural design, offering ideas on building a portfolio, getting advanced training, and continuing on a path to a professional career. More than 800 instructive illustrations.

“Architectural Drawing Course” is a very inforamtive book and easy to follow. Filled with great images, exercises and technical tips. I highly recommended to all freshmen and upper-class students who want to practice their drawing and modeling skills, or want to get better at hand-drafting and sketching.

 

 

 

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