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    DescriptionBetween a nomad's tent and the Sears Tower lies a revolution in technology, materials, and structures. Here is a clear and enthusiastic introduction to buildings methods from ancient times to the present day, including recent advances in science and technology that have had important effects on the planning and construction of buildings: improved materials (steel, concrete, plastics), progress in antiseismic designs, and the revolutionary changes in both architectural and structural design made possible by the computer.

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    Why Buildings Stand Up
    Strength of Architecture from the Pyramids to the Skyscraper
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mario Salvadori
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 332
    Width: 147 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    ISBN 13: 9780393306767
    ISBN 10: 0393306763

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ARC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.5
    BIC subject category V2: AM, TNK
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    B&T General Subject: 130
    Ingram Subject Code: AR
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 05
    LC subject heading: ,
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15850
    BISAC V2.8: ARC013000, TEC009020, ARC012000
    DC22: 624.17, 624.1/7
    DC21: 690.21
    LC classification: TH845.S33
    Libri: B-044
    LC classification: TH845 .S33 1990
    Thema V1.0: JNU, GBC, AM, TN
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    line drawings
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    17 February 2002
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    [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. "
    Review text
    Our bodily needs, says the author quite rightly, haven't changed very much since man first appeared on Earth. We need shelter, we sleep lying down, and we like to be near each other. To that extent, there's not much difference between an African mud hut, the Rover's Return and the Sydney Opera House. In the first of two superb books, Salvadori writes so knowledgeably, expressing his sheer delight, about bridges, loads, stress, weather and a host of other topics, that the general reader is totally captivated by what he may have expected to be a fairly dusty subject. There are good jokes, wise observations and, best of all, beautifully drawn illustrations on just about every page. Fundamental principles such as the arch and the cantilever are explained with such clarity and sly wit that they could have been written by Sydney Smith or Woody Allen. This is chiefly because architect Salvadori's approach is aesthetic rather than technical. Although he understands the technology involved from soup to nuts, his love of great and enduring buildings such as the Pyramids, the Eiffel Tower and the Brooklyn Bridge shines out in these exemplary studies of constructions that still stand as testaments to the genius of their builders. One reservation: in his chapter on the great cathedrals, Salvadori devotes too much space to the one at Beauvais (it's probably the one he knew best) at the expense of other important buildings at Albi or Ely, for example, which is a pity because one would have valued his insights on those. This book is enthralling, as is its companion volume Why Buildings Fall Down. There's no question of having one of them: you need them both, and the way you look at buildings will never be the same again. (Kirkus UK)