Developments in Structural Form

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Encompassing buildings of the West, North Africa, and the Near East, from native construction to modern technology, Developments in Structural Form considers the physical principles of structures, the materials they are made of the ways in which they maybe built, and the history of man's involvement with them. Mainstone interweaves these approaches so deftly that the evolution of structural forms seems as natural and inevitable as the evolution of plants and animals
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Encompassing buildings of the West, North Africa, and the Near East, from native construction to modern technology, Developments in Structural Form considers the physical principles of structures, the materials they are made of the ways in which they maybe built, and the history of man's involvement with them. Mainstone interweaves these approaches so deftly that the evolution of structural forms seems as natural and inevitable as the evolution of plants and animals
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This unique text considers the physical principles of structural behavior, the materials used, and the use of structural knowledge and skills throughout history. Following general introductory chapters, the author looks at the principle elementary forms (arches, domes, beams and trusses), and then at complete structures. Many fine illustrations make this work accessible to general readers, although it is primarily intended for architects and architecture students, engineers and engineering students, archeological historians, and archeologists. The first edition was commissioned by the Royal Institute of British Architects and published in 1975. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262131117
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1975
  • Pages: 425

Table of Contents

Preface to the first edition 11
Preface to the second edition 14
Ch. 1 Introduction 17
Ch. 2 Structural actions 31
Ch. 3 Structural materials 47
Ch. 4 Construction and form 65
Ch. 5 Structure and form 83
Ch. 6 Arches and catenaries 97
Ch. 7 Vaults, domes, and curved membranes 115
Ch. 8 Beams and slabs 145
Ch. 9 Trusses, portal frames, and space frames 159
Ch. 10 Supports, walls, and foundations 175
Ch. 11 Early forms 193
Ch. 12 Pre-nineteenth-century wide-span buildings 207
Ch. 13 Nineteenth- and twentieth-century wide-span buildings 237
Ch. 14 Bridges 261
Ch. 15 Multi-storey buildings and towers 287
Ch. 16 Structural understanding and design 317
Glossary of structural terms 333
Notes 341
Indexes 369
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