Structure as Architecture by Andrew W. Charleson

Structure as Architecture by Andrew W. Charleson

Structure as Architecture A Source Book For Architects and Structural Engineers by Andrew W. Charleson

Contents of Structure as Architecture PDF

  • Introduction
  • Two Building Studies
  • Relationships between architectural and structural form
  • Building exterior
  • Building Function
  • Interior structure
  • Structural detailing
  • Structure and light
  • Representation and Symbolism
  • Conclusions

Preface to Structure as Architecture eBook

This book explores the potential of structure, that is beams, columns, frames, struts and other structural members, to enrich architecture.

At the most basic level I hope to raise architects’ perception of structure as an integral element of architecture rather than as just an applied technology.

I also wish to challenge architects to design structure themselves. That is, to attend to all aspects of its design, in collaboration with structural engineers of course, in order to realize their design concepts.

Where structure contributes architecturally, other than in its primary load-bearing role, it contributes another layer of aesthetic and functional richness to designs.

It increases interest in and enjoyment of buildings, improves their usability, and raises the spirits of their occupants.

This book therefore seeks to change a view of structure, common among architectural students at least, as a purely technical component of architecture, and at worst, a necessary evil.

Examples throughout the book illustrate structure as an indispensable architectural element that is thoroughly integrated and involved in the making of architecture, and playing significant roles that engage the senses, hearts and minds of building users.

As designers, we need to ask ourselves how structure might assist us to add aesthetic and functional value to our design work, thereby enriching it.

I write primarily for architectural students and practising architects, but expect the book will be of more than passing interest to engineering students and structural engineers who also wish to expand their awareness of the architectural potential of structure.

The book, illustrated with examples from more than one hundred and seventy buildings, is intended to function both as a source book for architectural design inspiration and ideas, and as a book to assist designers to reflect upon their own work.

It provides a large resource of very diverse precedents where structure enhances specific architectural ideas, concepts and qualities.

The index collates these issues and an alphabetical list of all the case studies discussed provides initial references for further study.

The initial research from which this book has developed began as a literature review. However, limitations in this approach became apparent.

Books for architectural students about structures tend to concentrate on the mechanics of structural analysis and design, and rarely explore the architectural implications of structure.

Architectural design texts are also of limited value for this exercise.

They certainly describe and analyse the elements of architecture, including structure, but apart from examining structure’s space-defining and ordering roles, they throw little light on other areas where structure contributes architecturally.

Also, many of their case studies draw upon pre-twentieth-century masonry buildings, rather than upon buildings incorporating modern structural materials and systems.

Unfortunately, attempts to analyse structures’ architectural contributions to selected buildings from more general architectural literature also proved relatively unsuccessful.

Due to insufficient written and visual material related specifically to building structures, too many questions about their non-structural roles remained unanswered.

Published photographic images usually provide very limited and selective views of a building and are a poor substitute for visiting it.

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