DEVELOPMENTS IN STRUCTURAL FORM

DEVELOPMENTS IN STRUCTURAL FORM

by Rowland Mainstone, R. J. Mainstone, Maidstone
     
 

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In the critically acclaimed first edition of this book, Mainstone offered a brilliant and highly original account of the structural developments that have made possible the achievements of architects and bridge builders throughout history.

In this extensively revised and expanded new edition, the story is brought up to date with the incorporation of new insights

Overview

In the critically acclaimed first edition of this book, Mainstone offered a brilliant and highly original account of the structural developments that have made possible the achievements of architects and bridge builders throughout history.

In this extensively revised and expanded new edition, the story is brought up to date with the incorporation of new insights and a full coverage of recent developments in both design and construction.

The book identifies features that distinguish the forms built by man from those shaped by nature and discusses the physical and other constraints on the choices that can be made. It then looks in turn at all the elementary forms - arches, domes, beams, slabs and the like - which combine into the more complex forms of complete structures, and at the different classes of the complete forms themselves. The development of each form is traced chronologically, but with an emphasis less on the chronology than on the problems that designers have continually faced in trying to serve new ends with limited means or to serve old ones in new ways. The book concludes with a chapter on the processes of design, showing how the designer's freedom of choice has been widened by a growing understanding of structural behaviour.

360 photographs and drawings, mostly original and prepared by the author himself, including over 100 that are new, accompany the richly imaged text.

Covers all aspects of structure providing the reader with a comprehensive text on the subject Learn from the vast knowledge of this experienced author Over 300 photographs and drawings make the book easy to comprehend

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780750628938
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/22/1998
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
8.59(w) x 11.98(h) x 1.18(d)

Meet the Author

Rowland Mainstone is an honorary architect as well as being a civil and structural engineer. Though chiefly engaged for some 30 years in research into many aspects of the design of buildings and bridges today, he has also undertaken extensive studies of their earlier history. More recently he has been a consultant on the structural conservation of historic buildings and a visiting professor of architecture and structure at several universities in this country and abroad.

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