Building Construction Before Mechanization / Edition 1

Building Construction Before Mechanization / Edition 1

by John Fitchen
     
 

ISBN-10: 026256047X

ISBN-13: 9780262560474

Pub. Date: 04/03/1989

Publisher: MIT Press

How were huge stones moved from quarries to the sites of Egyptian pyramids? How did the cathedral builders of the Middle Ages lift blocks to great heights by muscle power alone? In this intriguing book John Fitchen explains and illustrates the solutions to these and many other puzzles in preindustrial building construction.This is the first general survey of the

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How were huge stones moved from quarries to the sites of Egyptian pyramids? How did the cathedral builders of the Middle Ages lift blocks to great heights by muscle power alone? In this intriguing book John Fitchen explains and illustrates the solutions to these and many other puzzles in preindustrial building construction.This is the first general survey of the practices and role of the builder (as opposed to the designer) in constructing an array of structures.

Fitchen's approach gives a valuable hands-on feel for what it's like to work with ropes and ladders, wedges and slings; with crews engaged in well digging, bridge building, and the transporting of obelisks hundreds of miles by water and over land.

The buildings discussed range from the tents, tepees, and igloos of nomadic tribes to the monumental pyramids of Egypt, the temples of Greece, the aqueducts of Rome,and the cathedrals of medieval Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262560474
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/03/1989
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
891,471
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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