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Great Modern Structures: 100 Years of Engineering Genius

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People still speak of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but today's architectural and engineering marvels put them to shame. This new edition of Great Modern Structures profiles over 60 spectacular structures built over the last 100 years. From Dubai's Burg Khalifa--the world's tallest tower--to the Millau Viaduct Bridge in France, supported by concrete columns taller than the Eiffel Tower, this technically detailed, beautifully illustrated guide celebrates human ingenuity...
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Overview

People still speak of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but today's architectural and engineering marvels put them to shame. This new edition of Great Modern Structures profiles over 60 spectacular structures built over the last 100 years. From Dubai's Burg Khalifa--the world's tallest tower--to the Millau Viaduct Bridge in France, supported by concrete columns taller than the Eiffel Tower, this technically detailed, beautifully illustrated guide celebrates human ingenuity and daring.

 

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Littlefield (Modern Architecture: London) and Jones (New Transport Architecture) enthusiastically survey 70 modern structures worldwide for the centenary of the UK-based Institution of Structural Engineers. The structures are grouped by height, span, volume, surface, and power. Many are or have been tallest, longest, or largest of their type. Others are pioneers in form, materials, or techniques. There is diversity in the selections, which range from train tunnels to telecommunications towers, and most of the structures embody beauty or rightness. U.S. examples include the Empire State Building, Golden Gate Bridge, TWA Flight Center, and Hoover Dam. Each subject is given a color pictorial spread with text description and sidebar specifications. The authors caution that definitive measurements for comparison can be difficult to obtain. VERDICT This collection highlights much impressive design (and construction technique) produced by engineers over a century. It will appeal to engineering and architecture students as well as the general public.—David R. Conn, Surrey P.L., B.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780970011
  • Publisher: Carlton Books
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 494,768
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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David Littlefield regularly contributes to such periodicals as Building Design, Blueprint Design Week, and the RIBA Journal. He is the author of Modern Architecture: London.
 
Will Jones regularly contributes to newspapers, magazines, and books, including Dwell and Architecture, RA Magazine, Financial Times, and Cathedral: an Illustrated Guide.
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