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Building Structures Illustrated: Patterns, Systems, and Design Paperback – January 14, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0470187852 ISBN-10: 0470187859 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470187859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470187852
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Ching and his co-authors show how structural systems of a building - as an integrated assembly of elements with pattern, proportions, and scale - are related to the esential aspects of architectural design; formal and spatial composition…They bring together many aspects of architectural design as an integrated reference." (MCEER Information Service, October 2009)

From the Back Cover

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.


More About the Author

Francis D.K. Ching is a registered architect and Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the bestselling author of numerous books on architecture and design, all published by Wiley. His works have been translated into over eighteen languages and are regarded as classics for their renowned graphic presentation.

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This book is a great tool for every architecture student.
Fréderic Louis
This book likewise, will bring somewhat theoretical and mathmatical subject, hence often avoided, enjoyable to readers.
Joong Won Lee
The illustrations are very helpful to understand the basic concepts of structural systems.
Lebenskuenstler

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Joong Won Lee on January 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
If there is a Ching-ian punch, I guess it would be being fun and easy.
Last publication, on building codes, is a perfect example for it. Most
practitioners in the beginning of their careers suffer interpreting
somewhat ambiguous words of code book, let alone systematically
understanding of overall structure of it. Ching knocked it down with his
punch.

This book likewise, will bring somewhat theoretical and mathmatical
subject, hence often avoided, enjoyable to readers. It will be especially
helpful for those who would like to grasp overall picture of what constitutes
structural engineering for an architect.

Followings are covered:

1. basic structural terminology
2. design issues (gains or losses by overruling one system over another)
3. material properties (wood, steel, conc)
4. loads (gravity vs. lateral)
5. long span roofs and high-rise structural issues
6. system integration

What is Ching-ian punch in this book? It is being heavily graphical, well
organized, and to the point. It is also being intensely focused and design related.
Clear and simple in the beginning, the book moves very smoothly with rich
illustration and terse text.

Page after page, the book will symphonically orchestrate between various systems
allowing readers, to know different structure systems based on material taxonomy
(wood, steel, concrete), and to grasp the pros and cons of each different structure
system.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lebenskuenstler on March 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book in preparation for a structures test. The illustrations are very helpful to understand the basic concepts of structural systems. The book didn't include any calculations, but it contains an overview of historic and modern structural systems of the building industry.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Irfan A. Alvi TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
Approaching this book as an engineer who appreciates architecture, I found it to be very good overall. More specific comments:

- The authors include two architects and an engineer, which is a good combination.

- The book begins with a nice little historical survey of building structures (though it includes a bridge, and makes an odd reference to Ohm's law).

- The illustrations are abundant and of top quality (as one would hope, based on the book title).

- Structural engineering is covered at a conceptual and systems level, rather than with engineering rigor, equations, etc.

- There's some useful discussion on fire protection and integration of building systems.

- There's a rather lengthy discussion on column grid layouts - too long for my interest, but perhaps suitable for practicing architects.

- The book is interspersed with many useful rules of thumb for determining span capabilities of various systems, sizing members, etc.

- The format of the book makes it easy to find information once you know your way around, so it should work well as a reference.

- The emphasis is on how architects can address structural considerations in their work to achieve architectural goals, not on structural engineering itself. The book is therefore definitely better suited to architects than engineers, though engineers can benefit too.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Fréderic Louis on May 31, 2010
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This book is a great tool for every architecture student. Every possible structure of a building is explained in this book, with detailed drawings and text. And that's what we are used to of D.K. Ching's books.

A cheap and must-have book for every student!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Bugler on March 26, 2013
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In general, not the greatest depth as needed for the structures exam, but decent for its overview and general content. Visualization is needed for me to understand many of the structural concepts. I felt this book did a decent job at diagramming.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By facu tripi on August 7, 2012
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I buy it to learn about construction systems and because I want to learn specific language, and I find it very useful even though i just started reading it.
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