By Pete Silver, Will McLean, and Peter Evans
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This book gives students of architecture an
understanding of the fundamental theories and
practice behind the creation of architectural
structures, helping them to develop an intuitive
understanding of structural engineering.
The book is divided into four sections: “Structures in
nature” looks at structural principles found in natural
objects. “Theory” covers general structural theory
as well as explaining the main forces encountered
in engineering. “Structural prototypes” includes
examples of modelmaking and load testing that can
be carried out by students. The fourth section, “Case
studies”, presents a diverse range of examples from
around the world – actual buildings that apply the
theories and testing described in the previous sections.
The straightforward, informative text is illustrated
with specially drawn diagrams, historical examples,
models, CAD visualizations, construction details,
and photographs of completed buildings. As well as
providing a valuable reference and sourcebook, the
book will give students and newly qualified architects
the technical confidence to collaborate with structural
• Covers one of the crucial areas in architectural training
• Makes this technical subject accessible for students
• Brings together technical and design issues
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