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Construction and architecture

This publication introduces readers to the fundamental principles governing the behavior of building structures. It provides a theoretical foundation for their design, focusing on statics. The objective is to help readers grasp the basics of designing and understanding the static behavior of both simple and more complex structures. The chapters are logically organized to align with the engineering field's thematic content. The book is structured to emphasize the understanding of building structures' essence and principles, supported by numerical examples and details on executing contemporary structures, particularly from an architectural perspective.

The publication aims to simplify the understanding of load-bearing structures by using intuitive methods, visual aids, and basic principles. It includes color-coded pictures, diagrams, and photographs to reinforce these concepts. While statics, the field dealing with calculating structural characteristics, can be complex and typically requires a solid mathematical foundation from civil engineering courses, this publication takes a simpler approach. It intends to simplify the learning process, though the material presented is still challenging.

For architects, comprehending the essence of a structure is crucial for designing their architectural creations. This involves understanding the spatial and material aspects and their connection to static analysis, span selection, material choice, and cross-section dimensions. The book is organized to progressively expand the scope of information presented, emphasizing the integration of theoretical knowledge with practical execution. It covers topics such as load-bearing structure types, materials, types of loads, force systems, cross-section characteristics, truss constructions, beams, and elasticity science, which forms the basis for dimensioning. The later chapters explore columns, frame structures, cables, arches, shells, and provide approximate span values.