Mark Cruvellier: The Structural Basis of Architecture

Analyzing the structural principles behind many of the best known works of architecture from past and present, this book nonetheless firmly situates the subject within a contemporary context. Projects by Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, and Frank Lloyd Wright are presented right alongside those by Rem Koolhaas/OMA, Sir Norman Foster, SANAA, Zaha Hadid, Snøhetta, and Santiago Calatrava, to name but a few.

The subject matter is primarily approached in a qualitative and discursive manner, illustrated by many photographs of architectural projects and structural behavior diagrams, but it does not shy away from the relatively accessible mathematical equations and calculations that can be used to reinforce and extend an emerging understanding of the topic.

 This new edition is completely updated and rewritten, covers an expanded range of topics, and includes many worked-out examples inspired by built projects. The approach throughout is to present structures as a fundamental basis for architecture.

Mark R. Cruvellier is a structural engineer and associate professor in the Department of Architecture, Cornell University, where for two decades he has taught and conducted research on structural concepts and systems within the context of architectural design. Cruvellier’s professional experience includes work on several exceptional structures in New York City and elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada.