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Why Buildings Stand Up: Strength of Architecture from the Pyramids to the Skyscraper (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 16. Januar 1991


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  • Taschenbuch: 323 Seiten
  • Verlag: W W Norton & Co; Auflage: Reissue (16. Januar 1991)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0393306763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393306767
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,6 x 0,2 x 2,3 cm
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[A] delightful book.... Descriptions of structural milestones, such as the Pyramids, Hagia Sophia, Brunelleschi's Duomo, and the Eiffel Tower, as well as the more familiar examples of Gothic cathedrals, suspension bridges, and skyscrapers, are interspersed with information on basic structural theory.... The author sheds light on some of the problems of contemporary aesthetics. With its photos, drawings, and a readable style, this book will serve both the general reader and the specialist. "

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The alliance between architecture and structure and the people who forged it is the topic of this book. The author provides an introduction to building methods from ancient times to the present day.

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Compared to other human activities, architecture is a young art that had its beginnings only 10,000 years ago when men and women, having discovered agriculture and husbandry, were able to give up roaming the surface of the earth in search of food. Lesen Sie die erste Seite
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Von Ein Kunde am 27. Oktober 1998
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Zuerst werden die Gesetze der Statik in kürzen mit einfachen Beispiele erklärt, dann beginnt eine wunderschöne Reise in der Zeit und in den Raum durch die berühmtesten Meisterwerke des menschlichen Baus. Die Geheimnisse von Wolkenkratzer, Türme, Brücken, Küppeln, Zelte werden mit einer äusserst lesbare Sprache, schöne Handzeichnungen und einer Spitze Humor enthüllt. Die Geschichten, Anektoden, und physische Prinzipien der Pyramiden, des Pantheons, der Brücke von Brooklin, der Tour Eiffel und von vielen anderen vervielfachen das Wunder für diese gigantische Meilensteine der Menschheit. Ein weiser Blick in die Zukunft wird auch geworfen, und die Quintessenz der Architektur wird mit konstruktiver Kritik abgebildet. Das ganze Buch ist mit grosser Freude geschrieben und genau das habe ich jede Seite gespürt. Definitiv ein Must für Nichtspezialisten der Architektur und des Ingenieurwesens, die Interesse für Technik und Wissenschaft haben, sich von dem menschlichen Können begeistern lassen und Geschmack für Ästhetik besitzen.
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Salvadori clearly explains, with the invaluable aid of lots of little pictures, how and why buildings stand up. There are chapters on cathedrals, the Eiffel Tower, the Hagia Sophia, bridges, domes, and so forth. The chapter on wind is particularly fascinating--I found out a lot of things I'd had no idea of. Other chapters, like "Form-Resistant Structures," were pretty deadly dull. Overall, though, the book was well worth reading. It's not always entertaining, but it's always informative, and sometimes tremendously interesting.
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Von Ein Kunde am 9. September 1999
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The author's love for the art, science, and engineering of building shines through on every page. If you haven't already you, will soon become fascinated by all that is involved in architeture in this wonderfully written book.
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Parts you slog through, parts you gobble 21. Dezember 1999
Von Louise Dana - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Salvadori clearly explains, with the invaluable aid of lots of little pictures, how and why buildings stand up. There are chapters on cathedrals, the Eiffel Tower, the Hagia Sophia, bridges, domes, and so forth. The chapter on wind is particularly fascinating--I found out a lot of things I'd had no idea of. Other chapters, like "Form-Resistant Structures," were pretty deadly dull. Overall, though, the book was well worth reading. It's not always entertaining, but it's always informative, and sometimes tremendously interesting.
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clear and understandable 26. November 2001
Von J. head - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a book that sums-up alot of material about loads, properties of building materials, beams and columns, and translates it into the strength of modern structures. I found the book fascinating and it answered many questions, among them why the height vs base of the pyramids automatically contain the value of PI. This book discussed the anchoring of todays skyscrapers and large structures. This is a book that explains where the forces and loads are projected and how they are contained and countered without getting into the mathematical aspect of it. This author did an excellent job in conveying
the logic behind structural engineering. Well done.
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Why do buildings keep standing up? 10. Juni 2004
Von M. Buisman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book was recommended to me by my architecture professor and it is well worth reading. Without going into too much physics the author explains clearly the importance of forces like wind on structures like bridges, skyscrapers, domes etc. To illustrate these infuences there are chapters on some of the architectural wonders of the world: Eiffel Tower, Pyramids, Brooklyn Bridge and Aya Sofia to name but a few.
There are no photographs in this book but crudely drawn pictures, which actually makes the reader understand the concepts better.
If you like buildings and architecture in general this book is instrumental in the understandings of why buildings stand up.
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A little more zip could have made it much more entertaining 4. Dezember 2005
Von Allan Bedford - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The technical side of this book is superb. The simple line drawings help to explain some of the classic and even complex concepts of engineering as applied to architecture. What's missing unfortunately is a bit of soul. The book tends toward the dry side of technical writing and that can be a dive from which it's difficult to recover. There seems to be a lack of the human element in the writing that can (when present) be effective in adding greater interest to scientific topics.

As a textbook, for use in classes or courses at the high school level or above, this book is probably better than most. It's not so dull as to be unreadable. And it presents some wonderful and wonderfully useful information. As a recreational read it perhaps falls a bit short and thus I'm giving it 4 starts, though shading toward 4 and a half.
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Accessible, Informational, and Fascinating 5. Juli 2007
Von Ray - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Salvadori's "Why Buildings Stand Up" is perhaps best introduced by the author's own words in the preface, succinctly and appealingly written: "This book was written for those who love beautiful buildings and wonder how they stand up." A somewhat lofty goal, the author nevertheless does a wonderful job of introducing the basics of building mechanics and then to describe how those mechanics - both static and dynamic - are at play in a wide variety of structures ancient and modern. The book is a thoroughly enjoyable read that leaves one much more greatly informed than one might expect, despite the obvious implication and stated goal of the title.

The book truly represents a door opening into the world of structural issues in architecture. After a brief introduction on the historical background of the field of architecture, Salvadori introduces the pyramids of Egypt as one of the earliest examples of empirical approaches to structural erection ("empirical" meaning that much of this effort was trial-and-error, in spite of some basic understandings of how gravity affects, and creates, structural "loads" in any construction). Having allowed us to focus our thoughts on these early construction programs, we then are introduced in turn to essential engineering architecture concepts such as loads, beams, columns, and building materials. These discussions, which are covered in extensive, but nevertheless clear, text, serve as the foundation pieces for everything else examined throughout the remainder of the work.

The text next moves into numerous specific building types, and examines the specific engineering issues surrounding each. By presenting the material in this manner, we are able to learn all about the sometimes complex statics and dynamics issues in a contextual manner, i.e., we see the actual real-life application of these concepts in the instances the author chooses as venues to teach these concepts. We look at houses from all ages, every major type of bridge, at domes, tents, balloon structures, and even "hanging dishes." We are also provided neatly crafted line drawings illustrating these concepts, and often reproducing specific sites that represent salient examples of the concepts under discussion.

Beyond discussing structural concepts, we are also treated to specific examinations, by chapter, of some of the most fascinating building projects around the world, and are made to consider the unique and often complex structural issues at work in these buildings. These include the Eiffel Tower, the Hagia Sophia, the Brooklyn Bridge, and even a whole chapter on the fascinating elements in play in the classic medieval European gothic cathedral. In the case of gothic cathedrals, Salvadori selects one of the most interesting of cases, the Saint Pierre cathedral of Beauvais, as a dual example of how gothic structural forces are controlled through the pointed arch, the ribbed vault, and the flying buttress, but also how that, in some cases, such as at Beauvais, collapse still ensued under certain conditions. The Beauvais case is particularly interesting, as the lofty goal of the edifice - to be the tallest gothic cathedral ever built - may not have been the actual cause of collapse, and the steps taken to prevent further collapse (such as the adding of additional interior piers in the 14th century) are not necessarily the only reason why collapse has not since occurred in the structure since the 16th century.

Salvadori's text is a companion to his other volume, "Why Buildings Fall Down," and although this might sound like a marketing ploy, upon reading the two texts one can see the very different approach and outcomes produced by these two approaches. You can certainly read either volume by itself and walk away satisfied, but if you read BOTH volumes, the opportunity is presented to the reader to more carefully integrate the learning into a more meaningful whole. One might view one approach as a top-down approach, and the other a bottom-up approach, although that metaphor slightly fails in some respects. But there is nevertheless a great value in seeing how stressors, tension, lateral forces, and so on balance in harmony in structurally-sound buildings and structures, and how unbalanced loads can force collapse in all types of structures.
As an adjunct reading to the mechanical engineer, I can heartily recommend both these texts to help contextualize and illuminate the concepts learned in engineering classes. For the general reader, I can equally recommend these books as fascinating and educational forays into the world of structures, both standing and not.
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