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Building: 3,000 Years of Design, Engineering and Construction

Building: 3,000 Years of Design, Engineering and Construction

Building: 3,000 Years of Design, Engineering and Construction
By Bill Addis

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Book Description

From Egypt and Classical Greece and Rome through the building booms of the Gothic era and the Renaissance, and from the Industrial Revolution to the present era of digital modeling, Building charts centuries of innovations in engineering and building construction. This comprehensive and heavily illustrated volume, aimed at students and young professionals as well as general readers, explores the materials, classic texts, instruments, and theories that have propelled modern engineering, and the famous and not-so-famous buildings designed through the ages. The book concentrates on developments since the industrial and scientific revolutions of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Also included are extensive reference materials: appendices, a glossary, bibliography, and index.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #1208739 in Books
  • Brand: Brand: Phaidon Press Inc.
  • Published on: 2007-03-19
  • Ingredients: Example Ingredients
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 10.00" h x 1.88" w x 8.50" l, 4.40 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 608 pages


  • Used Book in Good Condition

Editorial Reviews

"The strength of this ambitious publication is its linking of technical development to the social and cultural context."-Building Design "A labour of love... Chronicles everything from geometric pattern in medieval cathedrals to the most daring uses of reinforced concrete."-Wallpaper* "More than 800 photographs, plans and drawings bring to life some of architecture's greatest achievements."-Financial Times "This is a truly heavyweight publication which every student of engineering and architecture should have highlighted on their first-year reading list."-Alex Wright, architect, Architects' Journal

About the Author
William Addis is a consulting engineer at Buro Happold in London and the author of numerous books, academic papers, and book reviews on construction history published over the past 25 years. He holds a doctorate degree in the history and philosophy of engineering from the University of Reading, where he taught this subject for 15 years; he has also delivered lecture courses on engineering history at Cambridge University, the University of Bath, and University College, London. In 1998, he helped curate the exhibition "The Art of the Engineer" at the Pompidou Centre in Paris and contributed to the book that accompanied the exhibition. Addis is an active member of the Institution of Structural Engineers' History Study Group and lectures at professional conferences around the world.

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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5An amazingly comprehensive effort!
By Joshua Leeger
The author deserves a ton of credit for the huge amount of work that must have gone into compiling all of the information and images in this book, and putting them into an enjoyable and readable text.
I was hoping (in something as sweeping as this) to come across some sort of exposition about what brought about various developments in design engineering and construction - what was behind a shift from one mode to the next. The book touches lightly on this subject occasionally, but that's about it. And there was no false advertising there, just wishful thinking on my part - no fault to the author or the book.
I suppose it is up to the reader to reflect, which is a gift in itself!

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Took it with him to London
By ClearBlue
My nephew, an engineering student, was very excited. He took it with him to study in London this summer. He thinks it's the bomb!

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Five Stars
By FelipeSanchez
Great condition

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