Innovative Surface Structures
Technologies and Applications
By (author) Martin Bechthold
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Innovative Surface Structures by Martin Bechthold
Book DescriptionThe book focuses on the recent innovations in computational techniques, material and digital fabrication technology that are revolutionizing the design, analysis and construction of surface structures. Powerful analysis tools now enable the accurate prediction of structural behaviour and manufacturing processes. Material innovations in the area of cementitious and other composites, glass, or smart materials, to just name a few, are challenging architects to find appropriate forms and applications. Digitally supported fabrication technology has taken a quantum leap since the time of the master shell builders 40 years ago, unfolding new potential to realize complex structural shapes in new and innovative ways. These innovations are presented in the context of an in-depth introduction to the fundamentals of surface structures providing the necessary knowledge for the successful design of shells and tensile systems in a broad variety of materials. Many of the principles are demonstrated using new material of some of the masterpieces in surface architecture. The book is structured into three parts. The first part familiarizes the reader with the topic of surface structures. It provides a historic overview and explains the underlying structural principles and traditional construction techniques. Part II introduces design methods, emphasizing recent developments in computational design and analysis that have greatly facilitated the design and construction of surface structures. Part III presents case studies demonstrating use of innovative and emerging materials.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415419673
(246mm x 249mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 10-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Martin Bechthold
Innovative Surface Structures, Hardback (October 2007)
Written by an architect who practised for 8 years with Santiago Calatrava and von Gerkan, Marg and Ptnrs as well as other leading edge practices.
Digital Design and Manufacturing, Hardback (January 2005)» View all books by Martin Bechthold
A reliable, concise guide to computer-aided design and manufacturing Positioned to be the leading book of its kind in the field, Digital Design and Manufacturing explains the ins and outs of CAD/CAM technologies and how these tools can be used to model and manufacture building components and industrial design products.
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