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Geometry and Proportion in Structural Design. By Cassinello, P., Huerta, S., de Prada Poole, J. M., Lampreave, R. S. (Eds.)

Geometry and Proportion in Structural Design. By Cassinello, P., Huerta, S., de Prada Poole, J.... News / Book Reviews Then he drafted the entire teaching pro- gram for architecture which is still visible Book Reviews in the actual program and has been adopted by many schools of architec- Cassinello, P., Huerta, S., de Prada ture. Despite his enormous engagement Poole, J. M., Lampreave, R. S. (Eds.): in academia he has been engaged in Geometry and Proportion in Structural many more activities like the ‘Instituto Design. Madrid: Editorial Lampreave Juan de Herrera’ or the ‘Spanish Con- 2010. 424 pp., 690 Figs., 18 × 27 cm, struction History Society’, just to men- Hardcover. ISBN 978-84-614-3791-7. tion a few. 30,– € Just like the work of Aroca this book in honor of his retirement from the University gives different approaches to structural design written by well- known architects and engineers, by friends and colleagues of Aroca. They highlight structural design during all centuries from ancient masonry build- ings and early metal structures to the current modern structures, thus reflect- ing Arocas own interest in structural history. The articles are either in Spanish or English, depending on the author’s origin. This book includes most important and interesting thoughts on the relation between architectural and structural forms and the fact that both disciplines – architecture and engineering – have differing approaches to the function of a structure. Also the influence of culture This collection of essays covers the and knowledge on the structure itself wide range of topics about structural design, structural design approaches and and on the structural design process is structural pioneers in honor of the discussed. A couple of structural devel- Spanish architect Ricardo Aroca. He opments are discussed in detail, like taught teaching for 46 years at the metal arches, air columns, pneumatic ‘Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitec- structures or the cable cars of Leonardo tura de Madrid’ (ETSAM). Starting in Torres Quevedo – definitely one of the highlights of the book. 1973 as professor for architectural struc- A couple of essays focuses on geome- tures he radically changed the structural try and proportions in the structural education of architectural students. work of well-known engineers like Aroca pushed it away from a primary Eduardo Torroja, Pier Luigi Nervi or analytical analysis towards the discovery Heinz Hossdorf and architects with a of the flow of forces in the structure and big affinity to structural design like the entire design process, an approach Miguel Fisac; and the essays with the that spread over to many Spanish methodical approaches of William John schools of architecture. The lectures Macquorn Rankine or Hermann Maier- of Aroca are characterized by the close relation between structural analysis Leibnitz should be pointed out in par- and the real building; thus during all ticular. the years at university he didn’t lose Overall, this book manages to be the connection to the building process a personal collection as well as an as he also was an active, well known interesting contribution to structural architect. design. Thus it is well worth to be Arocas’ influence on architectural studied! education increased during his time as Annette Bögle, Berlin head of ETSAM from 1991 to 1999. 50 Steel Construction 4 (2011), No. 1 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Steel Construction: Design and Research Wiley

Geometry and Proportion in Structural Design. By Cassinello, P., Huerta, S., de Prada Poole, J. M., Lampreave, R. S. (Eds.)

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News / Book Reviews Then he drafted the entire teaching pro- gram for architecture which is still visible Book Reviews in the actual program and has been adopted by many schools of architec- Cassinello, P., Huerta, S., de Prada ture. Despite his enormous engagement Poole, J. M., Lampreave, R. S. (Eds.): in academia he has been engaged in Geometry and Proportion in Structural many more activities like the ‘Instituto Design. Madrid: Editorial Lampreave Juan de Herrera’ or the ‘Spanish Con- 2010. 424 pp., 690 Figs., 18 × 27 cm, struction History Society’, just to men- Hardcover. ISBN 978-84-614-3791-7. tion a few. 30,– € Just like the work of Aroca this book in honor of his retirement from the University gives different approaches to structural design written by well- known architects and engineers, by friends and colleagues of Aroca. They highlight structural design during all centuries from ancient masonry build- ings and early metal structures to the current modern structures, thus reflect- ing Arocas own interest in structural history. The articles are either in Spanish or English, depending on the author’s origin. This book includes most important and interesting thoughts on the relation between architectural and structural forms and the fact that both disciplines – architecture and engineering – have differing approaches to the function of a structure. Also the influence of culture This collection of essays covers the and knowledge on the structure itself wide range of topics about structural design, structural design approaches and and on the structural design process is structural pioneers in honor of the discussed. A couple of structural devel- Spanish architect Ricardo Aroca. He opments are discussed in detail, like taught teaching for 46 years at the metal arches, air columns, pneumatic ‘Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitec- structures or the cable cars of Leonardo tura de Madrid’ (ETSAM). Starting in Torres Quevedo – definitely one of the highlights of the book. 1973 as professor for architectural struc- A couple of essays focuses on geome- tures he radically changed the structural try and proportions in the structural education of architectural students. work of well-known engineers like Aroca pushed it away from a primary Eduardo Torroja, Pier Luigi Nervi or analytical analysis towards the discovery Heinz Hossdorf and architects with a of the flow of forces in the structure and big affinity to structural design like the entire design process, an approach Miguel Fisac; and the essays with the that spread over to many Spanish methodical approaches of William John schools of architecture. The lectures Macquorn Rankine or Hermann Maier- of Aroca are characterized by the close relation between structural analysis Leibnitz should be pointed out in par- and the real building; thus during all ticular. the years at university he didn’t lose Overall, this book manages to be the connection to the building process a personal collection as well as an as he also was an active, well known interesting contribution to structural architect. design. Thus it is well worth to be Arocas’ influence on architectural studied! education increased during his time as Annette Bögle, Berlin head of ETSAM from 1991 to 1999. 50 Steel Construction 4 (2011), No. 1

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Published: Mar 1, 2011

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