If you practice building renovation, rehabilitation, or preservation, you need to understand the specifics of obsolete construction in order to work in a nondestructive and unobtrusive manner.Historical Building Construction encourages the design of "elegant" and safe solutions to the structural problems caused by changes in use, changes in architectural design, or changes in the mechanical plant. It enables modern engineers to understand what assumptions their predecessors made, what materials they used, how they designed structures, and how their designs were built. Architects renovating older buildings, while not usually responsible for structural design, need to understand the design restrictions forced on them by the original structures.
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Donald Friedman, author of Historical Building Construction, is the president of Old Structures Engineering and lives in New York City.Review:
“[A] classic in the field....A modern engineer attempting to renovate or rehabilitate buildings needs to understand the mundane as well as the exceptional in order to design the most effective and least intrusive solution. Historical Building Construction offers an engaging way to develop that understanding.”
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Book Description W. W. Norton & Company, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110393702006