Structure And Architecture / Edition 2

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'Structure and Architecture' is an essential textbook for students and practitioners of architecture and structural engineering. MacDonald explains the basic principles of structure and describes the ranges of structure types in current use. Furthermore, the book links these topics directly with the activity of architectural design and criticism. An update of the first edition, 'Structure and Architecture 2ed' includes a revised opening chapter, and a new section that discusses prominent buildings constructed since the last edition was published in 1994. Angus MacDonald deals with structures holistically, relating detailed topics back to the whole structure and building. He aims to answer the questions: What are architectural structures? How does one define the difference between the structure of a building and all of the other components and elements of which it consists? What are the requirements of structures? What is involved in their design? An understanding of the concepts involved in answering these questions and an appreciation of how the structure of a building functions enhances the ability of an individual to appreciate its architectural quality. This book is unique in that it discusses the structural component of architectural design in the context of visual and stylistic issues.

Audience: Students of architecture, students of building/engineering following structure courses, architectural historians and critics.

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Editorial Reviews

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'This book sets out the basics of structures very clearly and helps you to understand the complex world of structures. I recommend it to students studying architecture as well as engineering as it helps explain everything you need to know to design thoughtfully.'
5 star Amazon customer review

'The author's analysis of high-tech is particularly shrewd.'
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' An extremely readable book, far removed from the rather stodgy textbooks familiar to engineers, and made the more pleasing by the effects of the
publisher in achieving a consistent and stylish appearance and attractive typeface, good line drawings, and well reproduced photographs.'
The Structural Engineer invaluable and highly recommended addition to any personal, professional, or academic architectural studies collection.
The Bookwatch
The relationship between structural design and architectural design is Macdonald's (architecture, U. of Edinburgh) major theme. Partly in response to comments on the 1994 first edition, and partly because his ideas have changed and developed, he has expanded the final chapter that ties the various aspects he discusses together. He has also added a section of the types of relationships that have existed between architects, builders, and engineers, and the influence those relationships have had on architectural style and form. He assumes no advanced knowledge of either field. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From The Critics
Now in an updated and expanded second edition, Angus MacDonald's Structure & Architecture showcases the relationship between architecture and structural engineering using both historical and contemporary examples. This new edition is enhanced with an expanded and re-written chapter dealing with structural criticism and the relationship between structure and architectural style; as well as a new section on the relationships between architects, builders and engineers, and the influence which these relationships have on architectural styles and forms. Structure & Architecture is an invaluable and highly recommended addition to any personal, professional, or academic architectural studies collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750647939
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 166
  • Sales rank: 998,623
  • Product dimensions: 0.36 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 9.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; The relationship of structure to building; Structural requirements; Structural material; The relationship between structural form and structural efficiency; Complete structural arrangements; Critical appraisal of structures; Structure and architecture; Selected bibliography; Appendix 1: Simple two-dimensional force systems and static equilibrium; Appendix 2: Stress and strain; Appendix 3: The concept of statical determinacy; Index

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