Shell Structures for Architecture: Form Finding and Optimization (英語) ペーパーバック – 2014/4/22
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'As the role of computational tools in structural design continues to grow, the form-finding techniques detailed here are more relevant than ever. Bringing together experts in the field, I expect Shell Structures for Architecture will be a valuable inspiration and reference for architecture and engineering students and professionals seeking a deeper understanding, which is essential to make full use of such tools and techniques.'
Daniel Piker, Robert McNeel & Associates
'This book should be in the library of designers of shells and grid shells.'
Bill Baker, Partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
'In their integration of technical and creative disciplines, shell structures are a fascinating typology – this is a valuable source book for architects and engineers alike.'
Xavier De Kestelier, Partner, Foster + Partners
'Shell Structures for Architecture expands architectural possibilities; a great influence on the thinking of contemporary architects.'
Toyo Ito, Founding partner, Toyo Ito & Associates
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..well graphically designed and written with contribution of top authors in this field..its a valuable text on form finding and methods of structural optimization...especially for those interested in mathematical formulation of this matter.
Anyway nowdays bad practice, of writting a book with many contributing authors, rarelly is successfull..and rarelly chapters (written by different authors) can fit together as a whole..at least that is the impression.
More than half of the book is loaded with mathematical equations, matrix formulations and having advanced understanding in linear algebra is the must in order to move through chapters..An approach that makes this book suitable only for students and researchers in engineering but not in architecture as the title boldly suggests...in fact architects will find this approach very boring and hard to follow..and for sure will feel little bit betrayed by the title of the book.
Although there are few nice examples, analysing real life case studies and their structural-architectural design that relies on sound structural concepts and computer-software modeling (what most shell designers in practise do) and not emphasizing approach that can be found on conference papers and shell theories books, would make it more readable and useful.