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Architect and Engineer: A Study in Sibling Rivalry [Hardcover]

Andrew Saint

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1 Feb 2008
How architects and engineers relate to one another has long been debated but never before addressed over a broad span of history. There are many controversial issues: about professional demarcation, about credit for design, about the value we attach to art in buildings, and about how that connects with advances in technique and efficiency. This pioneering and handsomely illustrated book esquires for the first time into the pattern of these relationships since the Renaissance. Concentrating particularly on Britain, France and the United States, "Architect and Engineer: A Study in Sibling Rivalry" looks at what has actually taken place when architecture and engineering have interlocked. It examines projects ranging from the building of Waterloo Bridge to the evolution of the Chicago skyscraper, and personalities from Vauban to Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Frank Lloyd Wright. The results of this impartial investigation may often surprise and provoke the reader. It is a study that has radical implications for the compartmentalized ways in which the history of architecture and construction has conventionally been addressed.


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"... a magisterial work, a veritable Mahler Eighth of architectural history. It contains insights on every page ... [and] is also superbly illustrated." -- Robert Thorne, Apollo, January 2009

"... an ambitious work ... fascinating ... This is a book to which I will return many times." -- Henry Matthews, The Art Book, February 2009

"... should be required reading for heads of all schools of architecture ... beautifully designed ... with a host of enlightening ... images."
-- Alan Johnson, Context, 1st March 2009

"[Saint] writes with the incisive analytical skills of a good psychiatrist ... [and] with enormous knowledge ... a rewarding ... read." -- Colin Amery, Burlington, March 2009

'... [a] highly rewarding book, backed up by first-class research and beautiful illustrations. It has a surprisingly wide scope.'
-- John Pringle, RIBA Journal, May 2008

'A big book, crammed with a wonderful variety of fascinating photographs... a tour de force that will change architectural history.'
-- World of Interiors, July 2008

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'... [a] highly rewarding book, backed up by first-class research and beautiful illustrations. It has a surprisingly wide scope.'

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 18 Mar 2013
By Gary L. McGavin - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book! Arrived ahead of the projected time! The review box says I need a minimum of 12 words ... don't know what else to say beyond what I already said.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very important and original study of two related professions 30 Jan 2010
By Gary T. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very important study of the line between the professions of architecture and engineering. The juxtaposition, however, often is expressed in terms of the artist and the engineer, with the architect showing the artistic tendency. My own particular interest is Chicago, and the Chicago story line is excellent, beginning in 1844 with John Van Osdel, the city's first professional architect. There is particular attention to William LeBaron Jenney, who is categorized as an architect, but one who breaks the mold by having more practical training than any major American architect of his generation. In Chicago, "Those like Jenney whose skills straddled architecture and engineering came to the fore." The account of Chicago, I am happy to say, has a wider sweep than steel framing, and also includes innovations in fireproofing and foundations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Present 9 Feb 2012
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This thick book was a requested Christmas present for an engineer. Love the title since also have an architect in family. It arrived earlier than expected in great shape.
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