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The Art of Construction: Projects and Principles for Beginning Engineers & Architects (Ziggurat Book)

The Art of Construction: Projects and Principles for Beginning Engineers & Architects (Ziggurat Book)

The Art of Construction: Projects and Principles for Beginning Engineers & Architects (Ziggurat Book)
By Mario Salvadori

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Book Description

Students discover the basic principles necessary to build all types of structures used in everyday life including bridges, skyscrapers, and other architectural gems. Line art illustrations help to explain projects that demonstrate how these principles keep structures solid. Perfect for kids who wonder why, and love to figure things out! All projects are easily done with materials found around-the-house.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #154665 in Books
  • Brand: Chicago Review Press
  • Published on: 2000-03-01
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 10.00" h x .42" w x 7.00" l, .75 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 149 pages


  • Chicago Review Press

Editorial Reviews


"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.

Customer Reviews

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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4Good book for youth
++ BOOK FOR A CHILD - This is a very good book for youth. We purchased this for a 11+ year old, and very well received.
++ Basic to very basic structural principles explained - a lot of reading with few diagrams for an 11-year-old but the content is well done.
++ Experiments are simple and do illustrate the points - e.g., take a piece of string or cardboard and put it between two chairs to illustrate spans, suspension bridge design, etc. Set up a cereal box and blow it over to illustrate wind loads, etc.
++ The engineering principles are sound, the explanations are easy enough for youth to understand (I am a design and construction professional, have designed/built buildings for my entire 40-year career).
++ Again, keep in mind this is a BOOK BEST SUITED FOR YOUTH in my opinion.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Wonderful Start
By tcobMbluenote
Owning a design - build custom homes and light commercial contracting business, also providing land planning and development, and involved in real estate, this book certainly helps my 17 year old high school student to get a foot in the doors, and be advanced as we move along with his plans to be a part of our company, and one day being the CEO.

My son loves and does very well at art, having won some art show competitions where adults were also competing, it is good that I can show him, partially through this book that he can apply his love of art to the business of designing and building.

For the same reasons, I also bought 3 others - 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School - Business School - Engineering School .

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4Solid explanations, hand-drawn images, no photo's
By Diamonds
It's a gift for a 10-yr old home-schooler, and haven't presented it yet, but took a quick glance at it; it's all hand-drafted images, with a lot of accompanying text. Somehow I missed some real images of historic/classic examples of structures (as shown on the cover page, almost as a teaser), which would 'tie' the subject even more to the references mentioned in the text. As mentioned, this is a kind of tongue in cheek for a little girl who expresses an interest in not only constructing/building, but also Architecture. Being an Architect, I searched quite a bit before landing upon this book to consider as a gift, as I figured it can sit patiently on the shelf in the years to come, until that desire to learn 'kicks in' and she'll start devouring it (I hope), in the same way the home-schooling system promotes motivation.

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