- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (February 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1568987412
- ISBN-13: 978-1568987415
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,112,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An absorbing and meticulously researched book... Beautiful photos by Michael Freeman add visual drama to an already fascinating story... A must-read for architects, historians, structural engineers, and any professional who might be called upon to restore a Guastavino installation." --Traditional Building, January 2011
About the Author
John Ochsendorf is an engineer and educator specializing in the history and technology of historic structures. He was the first engineer to be awarded a Rome Prize (2007) and the first structural engineer to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (2008). He currently teaches architecture and civil and environmental engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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For the hands-on types, there is a Rhinoceros plug-in called RhinoVAULT that makes it possible to design funicular (compressive) structures using the Thrust-Network-Approach [...] and there are a number of sites showing modern timbrel vaults in short-term construction, and its use with earth blocks in the Third World [...]. What is old may yet be new again.
Ochsendorf's insightful writing about the technical virtuosity and business sense of the Guastavinos, father and son, is coupled with stunning color photographs by Michael Freeman that reveal for the first time th full glory of their aesthetic achievements. The author gives us delicious surprises throughout the book: In a 1900 poll of U.S. architects to designate the ten most beautiful building in the country, all but two employed Guastavino construction. The 70-foot dome he built for a church in Lowell, MA is proportionally half the thickness of an eggshell. The floor structure of Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion, though not by Guastavino, was spanned with a similar system that is totally out of character with the iconic building that it supports.
This book is a must-read for architectural historians and structural engineers as well as anyone who appreciates beautifully crafted buildings. It is especially recommended to Manhattanites and Bostonians, who have easy access to hundreds of the Guastavino buildings listed in the appendix.
The author's excitement and enthusiasm are contagious and he has given us a wonderful book that is truly the definitive word on the subject. And that subject, the amazing Catalan vaults of the Guastavinos, is a story that every architect and structural engineer should know about!