Back in print—the standard work on Heino Engel's structure systems. The hundreds of drawings and photographs reproduced in this hardback volume offer almost endless variations on the many structural systems that can keep buildings together: within a few pages of one another, tents, domes and cubes are shown supported by poles, cables, ribs, rafters and beams. Heino Engel's presentation and explanation of this highly complex material differs fundamentally from others' work on the subject in that he focuses entirely upon the functions and design effects of these mechanisms, without regard for technical details: More than an engineering text, this is a catalogue of ideas and forms for architects and dreamers, a David Macaulay book for adults. Structure Systems skips over more commonly treated special designs and completed buildings for typical, representative and surprising shapes. As a reference work or daydream material, it is an indispensable repertoire of forms.
The standard work on Heino Engel's structure systems is now available at an attractive price. On the basis of excellent drawings and model photographs, the book examines the various forms of structure systems and explores the relationship between structure system and architectural form in clear and concise prose. In the presentation and explanation of this highly complex discipline, this volume differs fundamentally from other publications on the subject, as the author focuses entirely upon structure systems without regard for the usual technical details. Featured here are typical structure systems and models in lieu of the more commonly treated special designs and completed buildings. As a reference work, the book provides an indispensable repertoire of forms for modern architectural models, summarizing traditional approaches and offering a source of new ideas at the same time.
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