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Early Structural Steel in London Buildings: A Discreet Revolution (English Heritage Maps) Hardcover – 20 Feb 2014
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It is one of the most important books to be published on the history of structures in the last 50 years, filling an enormous gap in the literature. * Institute of Civil Engineers Newsletter, May 2014 * This is a fascinating story which he tells and illustrates superbly. ... this book will undoubtedly remain the key text on its subject, for both historians and anyone concerned with the structure of existing buildings. -- Robert Thorne * The Structural Engineer, June 2014 * There is an abundance of photographs and drawings, mostly in colour, that make browsing a pleasure but also complement the narrative. ... It is no exaggeration to say that this book is a ground-breaking study that encourages us to look at many London buildings in a different way. -- Michael Bussell * GLIAS Newsletter, 272, June 2014 * ... this book contains material to delight anyone with a more than passing interest in theatre design and construction. ... Read the full story in Jonathan Clarke's splendidly illustrated, delightfully readable pages. -- John Earl * Theatres Magazine, Autumn 2014 * The detailed and yet very readable text is supported by over 350 excellent illustrations in black and white and colour. This valuable book fills an important gap in our understanding of Victorian and Edwardian design and construction. -- Ken Moth * Context 137, November 2014 * Another sumptuous book from the English Heritage stable! ... We must therefore be thankful to Jonathan Clarke for assembling and illustrating such a comprehensive selection of significant steel buildings. -- Keith Falconer * Industrial Archaeology Review, 36, 2, 141-147, November 2014 * ... The quality of production is excellent throughout. ... this book ... deals thoroughly and very readably with a subject that has not hitherto received the attention it deserves. -- Michael Bussell * International Journal for the History of Engineering and Technology, 85, 1, January 2015 159-66 * This fascinating, profusely illustrated book on early steel structures will enable the reader to look at the important legacy of late Victorian and Edwardian buildings in London in a totally different light. -- Harriet Devlin * The Historic Environment, Vol 5, No 3, November 2014 * Jonathan Clarke does what too few architectural historians manage to do - that is, get behind the building's facade and really confront its structure. To do this one needs, as well as plans, good sectional and construction drawings, and those this book has in quantity ... it offers a rich review of an architecture that, for all its historicist expression, was as modern as the dated building regulations would allow. -- Neil Jackson * The Victorian, March 2015 * English Heritage have done the author proud and the book is a splendid object in itself, well designed and superbly illustrated. ... Clarke writes clearly and well and sets out the technical issues with admirable clarity. His book will certainly be required reading for anyone interested in construction history, but really it deserves to ve ready by anyone interested in 19th and 20th century architecture. -- Steven Brindle * Transactions of the Ancient Monuments Society, 2015 * The book is a very well researched, interesting read. -- Clive Dawson * SPAB, Summer 2015 * Jonathan Clarke's book provides an unprecedented overview of an important era in construction history - the birth of the modern construction industry. -- Bill Addis * Construction History, Spring 2016 * Not only is this a book with resonances belied by its title, but a handsomely produced and generously illustrated one as well. -- Andrew Saint * English Heritage Historical Review, Volume 9, 2014 *
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