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Why Buildings Fall Down: How Structures Failby Matthys Levy and Mario Salvadori
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The authors examine buildings of all kinds, from ancient domes like Istanbul's Hagia Sophia to the state-of-the-art Hartford Civic Arena. Their subjects range from the man-caused destruction of the Parthenon to the earthquake damage of 1989 in Armenia and San Francisco. The stories that make up Why Buildings Fall Down are in the end very human ones, tales of the interaction of people and nature, of architects, engineers, builders, materials, and natural forces all coming together in sometimes dramatic (and always instructive) ways.
"The reader is sure to find a disaster that suits his or her taste." New York Times Book Review
The authors, both premier structural engineers, discuss architectural and structural catastrophes, from the Parthenon and Rome's Coliseum to the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City and the Malpasset Dam in France. This is a feast of architectural flops and flummoxes, natural disasters and human error.
The stories that make up are in the end very human ones, tales of the interaction of people and nature, of architects, engineers, builders, materials, and natural forces all coming together in sometimes dramatic (and always instructive) ways.
Whenever a building, bridge, tunnel or dam collapses, it is front page news. Now two of the world's premier structural engineers take readers on a journey through the history of structural disasters, from the Parthenon and Rome's Coliseum to the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. 200 illustrations.
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