Historical Building Construction: Design, Materials, and Technology / Edition 2

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Whether you're an engineer looking to create something new or a preservationist looking to restore something old, understanding the historical development of structure is crucial to achieving technological change and working in a nondestructive, unobtrusive manner.

Historical Building Construction, is now in its second edition, provides the way to understand the ins and outs of old buildings. Thoroughly updated and revised, including new photographs and illustrations it is the accepted guide to building construction from the 1840s to the present.

Covering the history of concrete-,steel-, and skeleton-frame buildings, Donald Friedman encourages the design of elegant and safe solutions to the structural problems caused by changes in use, changes in architectural design, or changes in the mechanical plant. Architects renovating older buildings, while not usually responsible for structural design, need to understand the design restrictions forced on them by the original structures. And today's engineers need to understand what assumptions their predecessors made, what materials they used, how they designed structures, and how their designs were built.

Friedman uses an effective combination of narrative, technical drawings, and photographs to describe the development of masonry, wood, and steel construction, modern curtain walls and concrete slabs, and the use of cast-iron and patented floor construction. Case histories from buildings across the United States show how to apply the information to a wide range of actual projects, from brownstones to skyscrapers.

If you work on or study old structures—as a designer, engineer, renovator, rehabilitator, or preservationist—this text will help you to analyze existing conditions in a building so that you can find better solutions to deal with what lies hidden behind the floor and behind the wall and ceiling finishes.

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Civil Engineering
“[A] classic in the field….A modern engineer attempting to renovate or rehabilitate buildings needs to understand the mundane as well as the exceptional in order to design the most effective and least intrusive solution. Historical Building Construction offers an engaging way to develop that understanding.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393732689
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/4/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 319
  • Sales rank: 1,046,163
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald Friedman, author of Historical Building Construction, is the president of Old Structures Engineering and lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 7
2 Traditional Construction: 1840-Present 13
3 Cast-Iron Facades: 1847-1875 28
4 The Emergence of the Steel Skeleton Frame: 1870-1904 41
5 The Fireproof Building (I): 1872-1910s 56
6 Standardization of Steel Framing: 1870s-1921 68
7 Floor Systems: 1890-1940s 90
8 Curtain Wall Systems: 1890s-1950s 114
9 The Fireproof Building (II): 1910s-1960s 131
10 "Modern" Steel Construction: 1920-Present 141
Appendix A: Modern Notation Used in Formulas and Descriptions 158
Appendix B: Building Examples 159
Appendix C: Definition of Terms Used in Building Structure 169
Appendix D: Material Properties for Cast Iron, Wrought Iron, and Steel 175
Appendix E: Iron and Steel Column Formulas for Allowable Stress 186
Appendix F: New York City Fire Line Location 200
Appendix G: Design Live Loads 201
Appendix H: Design Data for Floor Systems 206
Endnotes 209
Bibliography 220
Photo Credits and Acknowledgments 230
Index 231
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