Engineering Architecture: The Vision of Fazlur R. Khan

Engineering Architecture: The Vision of Fazlur R. Khan

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by Yasmin Sabina Khan
     
 

The structural engineer responsible for Chicago's John Hancock Center and Sears Tower, Fazlur R. Khan (1929-1982) pioneered structural systems for high-rise design that broadened the palette of building forms and expressions available to design professionals today.
Through detailed examination of projects at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, this study of Khan's

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The structural engineer responsible for Chicago's John Hancock Center and Sears Tower, Fazlur R. Khan (1929-1982) pioneered structural systems for high-rise design that broadened the palette of building forms and expressions available to design professionals today.
Through detailed examination of projects at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, this study of Khan's career provides insight into architectural and engineering practice.

Editorial Reviews

Desert Living
Fazlur R. Khan is one of the most influential structural engineers of the 20th century… his daughter has written an account of his achievements and laced his creative timeline with descriptions of his theories and practices.— Mia Jacobi
Bouwen met Stall
“Seldom is the life and work of a designer described so abundantly as in this book about Fazlur Kahn (1929-1982). Written by his daughter, Yasmin, who has earned her own record as designer, this book is very personable story of a driven technician with a deep love of his profession... [R]eads like a novel.”
Civil Engineering
“[A] moving tribute to an important figure—one that would surely make him as proud of his daughter as she clearly is of him.”
Technology and Culture
Yasmin Sabina Khan has written an engaging intellectual biography of her father. . . . This lengthy book is rich with ideas relevant to historians of technology...[A]n excellent variety of illustrations... Khan’s carefully researched work contributes substantially to the literature on mid-twentieth century large-scale building.— Sharon Irish
The Structural Engineer
“[W]ell presented and has materials of great interest for structural engineers.”
Architectural Science Review
“A worthy and delightfully written tribute to a remarkable man.”
Journal of Architectural Education
[A] much needed book… The prose reads swiftly, the chapters are well-organized, and, most important, the stories they narrate are compelling.— Joseph Siry
Prairie Avenue Bookshop Newsletter
A great read. Khan's daughter both understands and honors his work, and it would be difficult to find a better book about this master of modern strctures.— W. R. Hasbrouck
Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities
“Here is a book that will make you proud to be a part of the design/construction community… [A]n inspiring biography.”
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
[A]n inspiration to the engineer as well as the architect.— Shahin Vassigh
Construction History: Journal of the Construction History Society
Among several eminent Kahns and Khans in…American construction, none better deserves a full study…[S]upplants the only previous book-length study
Mia Jacobi - Desert Living
“Fazlur R. Khan is one of the most influential structural engineers of the 20th century… his daughter has written an account of his achievements and laced his creative timeline with descriptions of his theories and practices.”
Sharon Irish - Technology and Culture
“Yasmin Sabina Khan has written an engaging intellectual biography of her father. . . . This lengthy book is rich with ideas relevant to historians of technology...[A]n excellent variety of illustrations... Khan’s carefully researched work contributes substantially to the literature on mid-twentieth century large-scale building.”
David M. Childs
“In her book about her father, Yasmin Khan establishes herself in the company of the most admired science writers, for she presents complex engineering matters in such a straightforward and accessible manner that they are immediately understandable, and delightfully so, to the lay reader. Moreover, she recounts her father's success as one of the world's most revered structural engineers as a highly readable human biography.”
Joseph Siry - Journal of Architectural Education
“[A] much needed book… The prose reads swiftly, the chapters are well-organized, and, most important, the stories they narrate are compelling.”
W. R. Hasbrouck - Prairie Avenue Bookshop Newsletter
“A great read. Khan's daughter both understands and honors his work, and it would be difficult to find a better book about this master of modern strctures.”
Shahin Vassigh - Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
“[A]n inspiration to the engineer as well as the architect.”
Construction History: Journal of the Construction History Society
“Among several eminent Kahns and Khans in…American construction, none better deserves a full study…[S]upplants the only previous book-length study”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393731071
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/19/2004
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Yasmin Sabina Khan, Fazlur Khan's daughter, has degrees in civil engineering and structural engineering/structural mechanics and has designed multistory buildings on both coasts.

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