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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Projects and Principles
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; 3 Sub edition (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556520808
  • ASIN: B005DI8LSM
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,593,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A top choice for serious architecture students."  —School Library Journal


"An extraordinary book." —Chicago Tribune


"Loaded with projects, this book introduces maturing minds to the principles that guide architects and engineers as they design and construct buildings and bridges."  —School Shop

About the Author

Mario Salvadori, author of Why Buildings Stand Up and many other books, was an internationally known architect, mathematician, and teacher whose career spanned more than 60 years. A longtime resident of New York City, Dr. Salvadori died in June, 1997.

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Really well written and good book.
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I read it while studying engineering and ended up learning a lot from it and enjoying it.
Nicholas Neinast
This book is a fabulous introduction to the principles of architecture/engineering.
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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Lanham on December 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
For a person who wonders why a bridge is shaped the way it is, or why buildings lean and don't fall, this is an ideal introduction. Useful for anyone interested in structures (e.g. model railroad truss work, furniture design, etc.) and would be very good for a student interested in civil or construction engineering as a future career.
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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful By A. Patrick on January 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
A dear friend gave me this book for my ninth birthday back in 1990. Today, I am a structural engineering associate with a major forensic engineering firm, and I know that much of my fascination with the field began with Salvadori's riveting explanations of the basic principles of structural design. This book is incredible for any kid with any scientific inclination!
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Shantara on July 9, 2006
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i love this book! it truly explains why buildings behave the way they do and why they are built the way they are. it takes complicated engineeriing and makes it simple, very simple. every principle has an easy to follow sketch and example. this book is a must for architects, engineers, builders or anyone who wants to go behind the scenes and understand the 'why' of buildings. many of the principles and examples only apply to large scale commercial projects like high rises and bridges, so it may not be pertinent for the home builder, but i'd still recommend it. i love to understand why i build houses a certain way. this book explains basic building principles.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By lorial89 on April 22, 2010
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My 12 year-old son has a love of architecture and design so we purchased this book as a supplement to his homeschooling studies. It contains many physics and engineering principles but is written in such a way as to hold a child's interest. It has simple model building activities to make that demonstrate the topic of each chapter.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bristol on March 11, 2012
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I am a junior in high school, and I thought this book might be too kiddish to be helpful. It was exactly the opposite. It took complex principles and simplified them to a point that was understandable, but not too childish. Awesome book.
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56 of 69 people found the following review helpful By "amanda615" on January 29, 2000
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I've been rereading this lately. This morning I showed everybody in the restaurant where I was eating the book saying, "if this had been around when I was in middle school or junior high, I expect that I would be an architect or structural engineer now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JUAN CONSUEGRA on February 4, 2013
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As allways happens with Salvadori's books, this is a very comprehensive and beautifully illustrated manual of construction principles. I found it very appropiate for introducing architecture and structures to begginers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Neinast on March 24, 2013
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This book explains a lot about the construction process and why structures are shaped the way they are. I read it while studying engineering and ended up learning a lot from it and enjoying it. Highly recommended if you have any interest in construction engineering or architecture.
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