Creativity and Innovation: The Structural Engineer's Contribution to Design

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Illustrating the many ways that structural engineers can bring their creativity and innovation to contribute to the design of the best buildings, this book presents the full value of the engineer in helping clients and architects achieve their goals.

The structural engineer's primary contribution to a project is clear - to ensure the building stands up and carries the loads to which it may be subjected. However, good engineers can bring so much more than this minimum. They add ...

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Overview

Illustrating the many ways that structural engineers can bring their creativity and innovation to contribute to the design of the best buildings, this book presents the full value of the engineer in helping clients and architects achieve their goals.

The structural engineer's primary contribution to a project is clear - to ensure the building stands up and carries the loads to which it may be subjected. However, good engineers can bring so much more than this minimum. They add value to a project, enable it to function more effectively, reduce the risk of time and cost overruns, and enable architects greater opportunities for expression.

Addis presents a complete understanding of structure, by explaining the processes, variety of materials and philosophical issues involved, through over forty case studies. These examples illustrate why innovative engineers are now recognized as creators in their own right, able to explore the infinite ways of making and joining materials to create structure and form. It also proves their essential role as an integral member of the design team.

This text is useful to engineers in demonstrating how to apply a knowledge of materials and form to their clients needs, and useful for architects in knowing how to get the best from a structural engineer and realise their dreams.

• Provides a resource for architects in understanding and making effective use of materials and structures
• Encourages more architects to ask for more imaginative input from their structural engineers to inspire building designs
• International case-studies reveal ways in which engineers can help develop architects' ideas

Audience: Architects and Engineers, Students and Professionals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750642101
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Addis has written and lectured widely on building design for both engineers and architects. For more than a decade he has curated exhibitions on the engineers contribution to architecture and helped devise the exhibition L'Art de l'Ingénieur at the Pompidou Centre in 1998. He now works as a consulting engineer helping clients and architects reduce the environmental impact of their buildings.

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Table of Contents

Preface v
Some philosophy 1
Structure 1
Structural design 5
Engineer and architect 8
Structure and aesthetics 10
The nature of structural engineering 13
The process of engineering: design development 15
Commerzbank, Frankfurt 16
Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield 28
Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield 31
Inland Revenue Offices, Nottingham 33
D.G. Bank, Pariserplatz, Berlin 35
Hippopotamus house, Berlin Zoo 36
ITN Building, London 37
Communications Tower, Barcelona 40
Devising buildings that work--for architect, client and occupier 43
Norwich Sport Village 44
Acoustic wall, Gatwick Airport 46
Westminster & Chelsea Hospital Roof 48
Presbyterian/Korean Church, New York 50
Aviary, Hong Kong Park 52
Exhibition Hall No. 26, Hannover 54
Schlumberger Cambridge Research, Phase 2 55
Dyson Headquarters, Malmesbury, Wiltshire 58
Haj Terminal, King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Jeddah 59
Royal Court Theatre, London 60
Halley Research Station, No. 4, Brunt Ice Shelf, Antarctica 62
Tree House, Stoke Pero, Somerset 64
Creating value for the client 65
School of Engineering and Manufacture, De Montfort University, Leicester 66
Oasis Holiday Village, Penrith, Cumbria 69
Bus station, Chur, Switzerland 70
Royal Life Headquarters Building, Peterborough 72
Blue Boar Court, Cambridge 75
Bracken House, London 76
St John's College, Oxford 78
Queensberry House, London 80
Exploring the unknown: managing risk and delivering confidence 83
Usine L'Oreal, Paris 84
Trinity College Book Store, Cambridge 86
New Square, Bedfont Lakes, Surrey 88
Albert Dock, Liverpool 92
London Underwriting Centre, Minster Court 94
Lloyd's Register of Shipping, Fenchurch Street, London 96
Century Tower, Tokyo 98
Putting structure on show: the engineering aesthetic of materials 101
Montreuil Sports Stadium, Paris 102
Prague Castle Orangery, Prague 104
Educatorium, Utrecht 106
West Totton First School, Hampshire 108
Felsted School Dining Hall, Suffolk 110
Clovelly Visitors' Centre, Devon 111
Blaenau Ffestiniog Sports Hall, Gwynedd, Wales 112
Channel 4 Headquarters Building, London 113
Pabellon del futuro, Expo '92, Seville 116
Realising dreams 119
Chapel, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge 120
The Glass House, London 122
Entertainment complex, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol 124
Aviary, Munich Zoo 125
Peninsula Building, Roissy Airport, Paris 128
The Foreign Office building, Berlin 130
Victoria and Albert Museum extension, London 131
Annotated bibliography 134
Name index 136
Subject index 137
Acknowledgments 138
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