Cruvellier's book explores how structural forms are an integral part of architecture

April 5, 2011

Mark Cruvellier, associate professor of architecture, recently published the second edition of his textbook, The Structural Basis of Architecture (Routledge). Cowritten with Arne P. Eggen and Bjørn N. Sandaker, the book is concerned with how to “see” structural forms as an integral part of architecture, and with exploring the link between mechanical forms and conceptual ideas inherent to the art of building. The authors analyze structural principles behind works by Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, Frank Lloyd Wright, Rem Koolhaas/OMA, Sir Norman Foster, SANAA, Zaha Hadid, Snøhetta, and Santiago Calatrava, among others. This new edition is completely updated and rewritten, covers an expanded range of topics, and includes many worked-out examples inspired by built projects.