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Experiments in Gothic Structure

Mark, Robert

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ISBN 10: 0262630958 / ISBN 13: 9780262630955
Published by The MIT Press, Cambridge, 1984
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Light scuffing, wear to cover. Otherwise, clean, sound copy. B/W illustrations throughout. Also 12 glossy color plates. 135 pgs. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 003947

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Title: Experiments in Gothic Structure

Publisher: The MIT Press, Cambridge

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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This fascinating study of the structural elements of Gothic cathedrals is written by an engineer who has spent the last 15 years applying analytical techniques of structural mechanics to Gothic buildings. Like a detective, he uses these techniques to solve continuing historical arguments about whether flying buttresses hold the roof up or are merely decorative, whether ornate pinnacles atop piers are structurally necessary or purely aesthetic, whether the ribs of the vaults hold up the ceiling as is generally believed, whether the cathedral at Chartres deserves its place in history as the height of innovative medieval design.

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Robert Mark is Professor of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Princeton University.

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