Why Buildings Fall Down: How Structures Fail
by Matthys Levy and Mario Salvadori
Although modern technologies and new materials have greatly decreased the number of structural failures in today’s world, buildings still fall down. The two authors – world-renowned structural engineers – take readers on an informative journey through the history of architectural and structural disasters. Their subjects range from the destruction of the Parthenon to the earthquake damage of San Francisco and Armenia in 1989, to the collapse of the Hyatt Regency ballroom walkways in Kansas City, one of the most fatal structural disasters in American history. This book is filled with tales of designers, builders, materials and natural forces, all coming together in sometimes catastrophic (but always instructive) ways. Includes line drawings. Soft cover, 346 pages.