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WHY BUILDINGS FALL DOWN PA,9780393311525

WHY BUILDINGS FALL DOWN PA

by
Format: Trade Paper
Pub. Date: 2/17/2002
Publisher(s): W W NORTON

Summary

The stories that make up Why Buildings Fall Down are in the end very human ones, tales of the interaction of people and nature, of architects, engineers, builders, materials, and natural forces all coming together in sometimes dramatic (and always instructive) ways.

Author Biography

Matthys Levy, an architectural engineer, has won numerous awards, including the AIA Institute Honor Award. He is a principal of Weidlinger Associates, one of America's leading structural Engineering firms Mario Salvadori (1907-1997) was James Renwick Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering and Professor Emeritus of Architecture at Columbia University

Table of Contents

Preface 9(2)
Acknowledgments 11(2)
Introduction 13(4)
The First Structural Failure
17(8)
Miracle on Thirty-fourth Street
25(6)
Will the Pantheon Stand Up Forever?
31(24)
For Lack of Redundancy
55(21)
Big Bangs
76(14)
The Day the Earth Shook
90(19)
Galloping Gertie
109(12)
When Metals Tire
121(13)
Thruways to Eternity
134(15)
The Weaknesses of Mother Earth
149(12)
Valley of Tears
161(12)
The House of Cards
173(10)
Structural Dermatology
183(24)
Old-Age Death
207(14)
The Worst Structural Disaster in the United States
221(10)
The Politics of Destruction
231(11)
The Structure of the Law
242(15)
Conclusion: Can We Prevent Future Failures?
257(58)
Appendices
A. Loads
269(8)
B. Stress and Strain
277(3)
C. Structural Materials
280(3)
D. Structural Systems
283(32)
Index 315

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