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The Structural Basis of Architecture
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Table of Contents

1. Structuring Space 2. Statics 3. Loads in an Architectural Context 4. Materials 5. The Tension Rod 6. The Beam and the Slab 7. The Column and the Wall 8. The Truss and the Space Frame 9. The Frame and Lateral Stability 10. The Cable and the Membrane 11. The Arch and the Vault 12. The Dome and the Shell

About the Author

Bjorn N. Sandaker is a Structural Engineer and Professor of Architectural Technology at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Arne P. Eggen is an Architect and Emeritus Professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Mark R. Cruvellier is a Structural Engineer and Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at Cornell University.

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"The book is a welcome addition to the resources available in the field of architectural structures. It is written from the viewpoint of the building, with all its needs and functions, and allows the design of the building to interact with the structural system and materials so that each informs the other. It should appeal particularly in the teaching environment, where students can be guided into an understanding of the interconnectedness of all the aspects of architectural design." - Peter R. Smith, Architectural Science Review

"Contemporary design often looks away from direct connections to the physical forces of nature. Structure is often hidden, decorated beyond recognition or, as is popular today, blended into smooth, edgeless planes of distortion. With this book we are given an authentic understanding of how the forces of nature may be interpreted sublimely and with a powerful essence. I can see this book as a valuable resource for creating meaningful buildings, allowing a return to substance and value in structural design." - Craig Dykers, Architect and Director, SNOHETTA

"The Structural Basis of Architecture uses a myriad of historical and contemporary case studies to provide a concise and thorough explanation of the relationship between engineering and architecture. This book is an indispensable source for anyone interested in the logic of structures and their role not just in supporting but in imagining architecture." - Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean, and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

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