Architecture and Engineering
An Illustrated Teacher’s Manual on Why Buildings Stand Up
by Mario Salvadori and Michael Tempel
This manual enables teachers to explore basic architectural and engineering principles with their students. It includes 70 exciting interactive lessons, clearly presented and organized into 10 units. The first few units deal with forces, equilibrium, tension and compression. Subsequent units examine columns and beams, cables, trusses and arches. The final unit features enjoyable activities with balloons, introducing students to the use of inflated membrane roofs in modern stadiums. These activities, augmented by material from “The Art of Construction”, can be tailored to the needs of students of all ages.
While the manual is particularly well suited to the interests of math and physics students, it can also be used in conjunction with subjects such as history, geography, and the environmental sciences.