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Prof. (Francis D.K.) Ching is a legend in the architectural and academic communities. His books, his numerous books, have been used to teach the basics of architectural practice and theory for decades.

BUILDING STRUCTURES ILLUSTRATED like his other recently re-printed book, Intro To Architecture (Nov. 2012) is another easy-to-read/understand step-by-step explanation on architectural theory.

Where as INTRO was an historical overview of architectural structures from world civilizations going back several thousand years, BSI is only concerned with the structural foundations of a building, the science of coordinating structures in un-even or complicated/ obstructed landscape.

This is, essentially, a blueprint to create a structure whether it be a flat, secured location or a demanding location. This is most certainly for the architectural student to a working architect who needs a refresher course in the science--but, definitely not for the casual observer.

Book highlights:

Ch. 1. Building Structures
Ch. 2. Structural Patterns
Ch. 3. Horizontal Spans
Ch. 4. Vertical Dimensions
Ch. 5. Lateral Stability
Ch. 6. Long-Span Structures
Ch. 7. High-Rise Structures
Ch. 8. Systems Integration

A great resource to have.
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on 8 April 2016
Great educational book with explanatory illustrations.
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on 1 March 2015
Lovely! such a useful book!
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