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Why buildings fall down : how structures fail

Author: Matthys Levy; Mario Salvadori
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Once upon a time, seven wonders of the world stood tall and brilliant and, it must have seemed, would stand forever, impervious to time and gravity. Now only one remains--the pyramid at Khufu, in the Egyptian desert near Cairo. All of the others have fallen down. Modern technologies, computerized designs, and new materials have minimized structural failures nearly to the vanishing point. Even so, we can learn from  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthys Levy; Mario Salvadori
ISBN: 0393033562 9780393033564 039331152X 9780393311525
OCLC Number: 24468105
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 334 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The first structural failure --
Miracle on thirty-fourth street --
Will the Pantheon stand up forever --
For lack of redundancy --
Big bangs --
The day the earth shook --
Galloping Gertie --
When metals tire --
Thruways to eternity --
The weaknesses of mother earth --
Valley of tears --
The house of cards --
Structural dermatology --
Old-age death --
The worst structural disaster in the United States --
The politics of destruction --
The structure of the law --
Conclusion: can we prevent future failures?
Responsibility: Matthys Levy and Mario Salvadori ; illustrations by Kevin Woest.


The authors, both premier structural engineers, discuss architectural and structural catastrophes, from the Parthenon and Rome's Coliseum to the Hyatt Regency in Kansas City and the Malpasset Dam in  Read more...


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