Moore, Fuller Understanding Structures

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Understanding Structures

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The goal of this book is to provide the architecture student with a conceptual introduction to architectural structures and to emphasize the importance of integrating structure and architectural design. This is done with an introduction to the basic principles (Statics, Dynamics, and Strength of Materials) followed by the various structural systems. The clear, non-mathematical presentation stresses their architectural design implications. It lays the conceptual groundwork for subsequent advanced courses such as Statics, Strength of Materials, and Timber, Steel and Concrete.

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This book introduces structural systems and their integration with architectural design. An introduction to the basic physical principles (statics, dynamics, and strength of materials) is followed by the various structural systems are clearly presented in a clear, non-mathematical manner that stresses their architectural design implications. These systems include: cable stays, trusses, space frames, geodesic domes, columns and walls, beams and slabs, frames, catenary cables, tents, pneumatics, arches, vaults, shells, and folded plates. The theory and behavior of each system is presented using extensive illustrations, familiar analogies, and model demonstrations, followed by building case studies. These numerous case studies were selected for their integration of structure and excellent architectural design as well as their suitability for demonstrating the unique behavior of a specific structural system.Finally, a chapter on structural layout describes a step-by-step methodology for integrating structure into the design process at the earliest stages using schematic framing plan diagrams, a system selection matrix, and design charts for preliminary member sizing.Features include: 79 case study buildings, 32 model demonstration of structural principles, end-of-chapter summary of terms, 179 citations in bibliography, 503 illustrations drawn by the author, and 42 charts for preliminary member sizingThe author is a registered architect and Professor of Architecture at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. As an author of four previous books, he has conducted numerous professional workshops. He has an extensive research and international publication record in the fields of structures and energy-efficient design. In 1989, he was a senior Fulbright fellow to the Soviet Union lecturing at the Moscow Architectural Institute.

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