The Art of Construction
Projects and Principles for Beginning Engineers and Architects
by Mario Salvadori
Why do buildings and bridges stand up? How do they withstand the tremendous forces of wind, earthquakes and gravity? The Art of Construction draws on examples from every period in history to explain the principles of building. Use drinking straws, tongue depressors, paper, sponges, balloons, rulers, Styrofoam, and even eggs from the kitchen for projects as simple as illustrating tension and compression and as complex as building a model Takenaka space truss. These projects and their explanations show how basic scientific principles and human ingenuity combine to create durable and engaging architecture.
Illustrated throughout with line drawings. Soft cover, 149 pages.
Ages 8 and up