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Everything has structure

David Blockley

in Structural Engineering

Published in print September 2014 | ISBN: 9780199671939
Published online September 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191780974 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199671939.003.0001

Series: Very Short Introductions

Everything has structure

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‘Everything has structure’ considers the fundamental nature and role of structure and the relationship of structural engineering with other engineering disciplines and with architecture. Decision making is driven by the purpose of a man-made structure and how ‘fitness for purpose’ is realised. There is a need to understand how forces flow through a structure in order to ensure it meets its primary purpose of being strong and safe whilst at the same time meeting many other needs such as affordability, aesthetic, and regulatory and environmental criteria. The best structures are a harmony of architecture and engineering—where form and function are one and the flow of forces is logical.

Keywords: architect; architecture; beam; case; engineering and architecture; form; wind

Chapter.  5199 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Theory of Architecture ; Engineering and Technology ; Civil Engineering, Surveying, and Building

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