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Building Structures Illustrated: Patterns, Systems, and Design

 
 
 
 
Building Structures Illustrated: Patterns, Systems, and Design
Author: Francis D. K. Ching - Barry S. Onouye - Douglas Zu
ISBN 13: 9780470187852
ISBN 10: 470187859
Edition: 1
Publisher: Wiley
Publication Date: 2009-01-14
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
List Price: $49.95
 
 

A major new reference on structural design

coauthored by bestselling author Francis D.K. Ching

Structures are an essential element of the building process, yet one of the most difficult concepts for architects to grasp. While structural engineers do the detailed consulting work for a project, architects should have enough knowledge of structural theory and analysis to design a building.

Building Structures Illustrated: Patterns, Systems, and Design takes a new approach to structural design, showing how structural systems of a building—such as an integrated assembly of elements with pattern, proportions, and scale—are related to the fundamental aspects of architectural design.

This essential book features:

  • A one-stop guide to structural design in practice

  • Treatment of structural design as part of the entire building design process

  • An overview of the historical development of architectural materials and structures

With thorough coverage of formal and spatial composition, program fit, coordination with other building systems, code compliance, and others, Building Structures Illustrated: Patterns, Systems, and Design enables students and professionals to make informed decisions for architectural design and is illustrated throughout with Francis D.K. Ching's signature line drawings to present the essential presence of structural systems in buildings.