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Does form follow function?

David Blockley.

in Structural Engineering

September 2014; p ublished online September 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory of Architecture; Engineering and Technology; Civil Engineering, Surveying, and Building. 5134 words.

In c.15 bc, the Roman Vitruvius stated that a good building should satisfy three requirements: durability, utility, and beauty. ‘Does form follow function?’ examines utility and beauty. It...

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Everything has structure

David Blockley.

in Structural Engineering

September 2014; p ublished online September 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory of Architecture; Engineering and Technology; Civil Engineering, Surveying, and Building. 5199 words.

‘Everything has structure’ considers the fundamental nature and role of structure and the relationship of structural engineering with other engineering disciplines and with architecture....

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From Stonehenge to skyscrapers

David Blockley.

in Structural Engineering

September 2014; p ublished online September 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory of Architecture; Engineering and Technology; Civil Engineering, Surveying, and Building. 4992 words.

‘From Stonehenge to skyscrapers’ considers the history of structure as part of human progression. From the ancient structures of Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids through to the...

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Movers and shakers

David Blockley.

in Structural Engineering

September 2014; p ublished online September 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory of Architecture; Engineering and Technology; Civil Engineering, Surveying, and Building. 5249 words.

What do a jumbo jet, a cruise ship, a long span bridge, and a tall skyscraper have in common? They are, in essence, gigantic tubes or boxes that act as beams. ‘Movers and shakers’ examines...

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Resilience

David Blockley.

in Structural Engineering

September 2014; p ublished online September 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory of Architecture; Engineering and Technology; Civil Engineering, Surveying, and Building. 5613 words.

What are the risks? How big are they? ‘Resilience’ considers some central questions faced by structural engineers. Structures are safety critical—when they fail people may be killed—but no...

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Structural Engineering

David Blockley.

September 2014; p ublished online September 2014 .

Book. Subjects: Theory of Architecture; Engineering and Technology; Civil Engineering, Surveying, and Building. 152 pages.

Every object has structure. Structure is the difference between a random pile of components and a fully functional object. Through structure the parts connect to make the whole. Natural...

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Understanding structure

David Blockley.

in Structural Engineering

September 2014; p ublished online September 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: Theory of Architecture; Engineering and Technology; Civil Engineering, Surveying, and Building. 5228 words.

‘Understanding structure’ considers the science of how structures work. How do structures resist all of the demands made on them by forces of self-weight, people moving about, or wind that...

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