Cruvellier Publishes The Structural Basis of Architecture, Third Edition

Green book cover shows a photo of a covered pavilion and text in green.
The new, full-color edition has been revised and updated.
A page spread from the new edition of The Structural Basis of Architecture.
Two facing pages from a book with text, line illustrations, and color photographs of buildings
Pages show examples of load-bearing beams and beam grid roof systems.
Two facing pages from a book with text, line illustrations, and color photographs of buildings
Pages show mathematical equations and examples of supporting suspension cables.
The new, full-color edition has been revised and updated. A page spread from the new edition of The Structural Basis of Architecture. Pages show examples of load-bearing beams and beam grid roof systems. Pages show mathematical equations and examples of supporting suspension cables.
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April 10, 2019

A completely revised third edition of The Structural Basis of Architecture (Routledge, 2019) has been released, coauthored by Mark Cruvellier, the Nathaniel and Margaret Owings Distinguished Alumni Memorial Professor in Architecture, together with Bjørn Sandaker and Arne Eggen of the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

The book shows how to "see" structures as being integral to architecture, demonstrating the mechanical aspects of structure as well as its relation to the space, form, and conceptual design ideas which are inherent to the art of building. Lessons about structural forms and behaviors are derived from examples of building design from the architectural canon as well as recent projects around the world. The subject is approached in a qualitative and discursive manner, illustrated by many photographs and structural behavior diagrams, while accessible mathematical equations and worked-out examples are also included so as to deepen a fundamental understanding of the topic. According to the book's summary description, it is intended as either an introductory structures course text or as a designer's sourcebook for inspiration. Essential questions — "How do structures work?" and "What form do structures take in the context of architecture, and why?" — are addressed in parallel fashion.

The new, full-color edition has been revised and its content updated and expanded throughout. A new chapter added early on introduces basic structural elements and systems, another about lateral load-resisting systems has been reworked and expanded, and numerous topics in other chapters are covered by more extended treatment. New examples have also been added throughout in order to refresh the contents. Finally, the page layout has been significantly changed to improve the correspondence of text to related images.

Cruvellier says, "Eight years after the previous edition came out, this has been and has felt like a whole new book in its preparation, and I think the end result reflects that as well."

By Patti Witten