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Structure and Design Paperback – June 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1934269374 ISBN-10: 1934269379

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: University Readers (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934269379
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934269374
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ArchitectureStudent on October 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is great, although it is printed like a wall calendar-- it has a horizontal binding instead of a typical books vertical binding. If you buy this book make sure you can get a ring bound copy or be prepared to be annoyed and to fight with the pages!
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I appreciate this book a lot. I feel like I speak for many architects and students of architecture when I say that we learn through pictures and diagrams and precedent studies, not pages full of text or calculations. I could never learn structures from an engineer, and I could probably never do structural calculations. But at least this book taught me the basic principles/logic of how different structures work: beams/columns, arches/vaults/domes, tensile cable structures, fabric membrane structures, etc. There are systems from around the world I haven't ever even seen in the U.S. And I don't feel as embarrassed talking about famous buildings (past or present) because I now know why they were built the way they were built.

Content: 5/5 (exceptional)
Breadth: 5/5 (very few books I've seen cover this many topics)
Diagrams: 5/5 (very helpful; lots of pictures/diagrams)
Format: 3/5 (could use improvement)
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This book is an incredible resource, written by an architectural and structural genius. It represents half a century of research, documenting & explaining innovative structures, and teaching architects about structures and synergy of art and science.

What I like is that this is a book about structures written for architects by an architect--not an engineer. It's not filled with complex equations and calculations. It's filled with concepts, with pictures that explain the way complex structures and building work, with precedent studies, and with examples that show how easy it is to get a surprisingly accurate structural estimate with a few easy equations and rules of thumb.

I amazed my first boss by being able to tell him instantly how big all of the structural members would need to be...just by using Goetz's 10-20-30 rule. I won a structural engineer's respect by knowing what Young's modulus was. After that, I was entrusted with projects and responsibilities well beyond my age.

It does take a little bit of time to become acquainted with the book, and I wish there were an index of projects and topics in the back for quick reference. And I wish it were hardbound. But when you realize the value of the content, you won't complain.

I had the privilege of learning from Goetz as a student in his Architectural Structures courses at the University of Southern California. I've had the honor of learning from many world-renowned architects and professors at USC and Harvard--but none has impacted my life and work as much as Goetz.

Every architecture student asks why they have to learn structures. Isn't that the engineer's job?
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This book was required reading for a structures class that I'm taking. It wouldn't have been my first choice. There is a lot of useful information, complete with diagrams and case studies. The major problem I found with the book is that it is difficult to read and flip through pages. The entire book is printed in landscape format, which makes turning pages like reading a calendar. It is hard to quickly flip from case studies to charts, etc, when the book is sitting on your desk sideways. Good info though, and I'm doing well in the class.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James on November 10, 2011
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Professor Schierle is a veritable master at teaching architects structural design. This book is his compendium and should be considered for any student interested in structural mechanics & design.
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