Why Buildings Stand Up: The Strength of Architecture
by Mario Salvadori
Between a nomad’s tent and the Sears Tower lies a revolution in technology, materials, and structures. Why Buildings Stand Up – one of Mario Salvadori’s best-known publications – gives a clear and enthusiastic introduction to building methods from ancient times to the present day. With his readable style and great enthusiasm, Dr. Salvadori fascinates the general reader with descriptions of structural milestones, interspersed with information about basic structural theory. In the Afterword, he also addresses advances in science and technology that have had important effects on the planning and construction of buildings: improved materials, progress in antiseismic designs, and the revolutionary changes in both architectural and structural design made possible by the computer. Soft cover, 323 pages.