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Ideal for anyone interested in buildings and for all types of building professionals, " Building Structures "describes and explains the behaviour of structures in straightforward no-nonsense terms without calculations. Over 1000 user-friendly diagrams guide the user from first principles and a brief history of structural design, through all the essential concepts needed for understanding the buildings around us and the processes involved in their design and construction. In-depth case studies show the reader how these concepts can be applied to real buildings from Durham Cathedral to the Bank of China. Finally, the book shows how a simple approach can be taken to mathematical calculations, enabling deeper understanding to be accessible to all.
A thorough introduction to building for the non-expert, this book is a one-stop book reference source for knowing everything important about building structures.Readers:follow the history of structural understandinggrasp all the concepts of structural behaviour via step by step explanationsapply the concepts to a simple buildingsee how the concepts also apply to real buildings from Durham Cathedral to the Bank of Chinause the concepts to define the design processsee how the concepts inform design choicesunderstand how engineering and architecture have diverged and what effect this has hadlearn to do simple but relevant numerical calculations for actual structuresenter the world of structural theory and see how modern techniques are applied.With over 400 pages and over 1000 user-friendly diagrams, this book is a must for anyone who has to or would like to understand the fascinating world of structures.