This is the first fully comprehensive survey and analysis of masted structures and covers examples that have evolved during the past three decades.
Masted Structures are one of the most interesting developments in post-war architecture resulting from a combination of technology, structural engineering theory and a collaboration between architects and engineers.
This is an essential guide for architects to the structural and constructional implications of masted forms in relation to space enclosure, patterns of loading and use of differing materials and techniques. This useful volume will enable architects and engineers to understand the origins, development and nature of masted structures and will provide a stimulating basis for future design.
Table of Contents
Tension structures in architecture; Structural fundamentals; Historical origins - bridges and tents; 19th century suspension structures in architecture; 20th century masted structures; Single mast structures; Two mast structures; Four mast structures; Masted membrane structures; Masted grandstand structures; Rotational structures; Structural case study; Summaries and conclusions; Selective gazetteer; Bibliography; Index.
James B. Harris, Kevin Pui-K Li
'Highly informative and for designers interested in the subject it is the most thorough reference I have seen'
'A comprehensive and well illustrated review of a large number of structures.'
'An excellent review of the subject, of interest not only to architects and engineers, but to anyone concerned with new architectural forms.'
'Masted Structures in Architecture is an essential reference resource and of interest to architects, students and developers.'
'Impressive attention to detail'