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Structure in Architecture : History, Design and Innovation

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An exploration of the evolution of design methods in architecture and the types of understanding that have been essential guides. A particular focus is the question of how earlier innovations, made without the benefits of modern theory, were possible.

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ISBN 9780860787631
Author

Mainstone, R

Publisher

Edition

1st

Binding

Hardback

Weight 0.454 kg
Dimensions 16.9 × 24.4 cm

Description

All buildings must stand. An adequate structure is as necessary for the simplest primitive hut as it is for the tallest or widest-spanning modern building. However, this requirement became more difficult to satisfy as designers became more adventurous and the experience already gained became less directly applicable. The present papers look at the consequent evolution of design methods and the types of understanding that have been essential guides. A particular focus is the question of how earlier innovations, made without the benefits of modern theory, were possible. Other papers look in detail at the most outstanding of these achievements, such as the church of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and the dome of Florence Cathedral.

About the author
Rowland J. Mainstone, formerly Building Research Establishment, University College, London, and University of Leeds, UK and University of Leuven, Belgium

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