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Creativity and innovation - the structural engineer's contribution to design
Bill Addis
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Illustrating the many ways that structural engineers can bring their creativity and innovation to contribute to the design of the best buildings, this book presents the full value of the engineer in helping clients and architects achieve their goals.
The structural engineer's primary contribution to a project is clear - to ensure the building stands up and carries the loads to which it may be subjected. However, good engineers can bring so much more than this minimum. They add value to a project, enable it to function more effectively, reduce the risk of time and cost overruns, and enable architects greater opportunities for expression.
Addis presents a complete understanding of structure, by explaining the processes, variety of materials and philosophical issues involved, through over forty case studies. These examples illustrate why innovative engineers are now recognized as creators in their own right, able to explore the infinite ways of making and joining materials to create structure and form. It also proves their essential role as an integral member of the design team.
This text is useful to engineers in demonstrating how to apply a knowledge of materials and form to their clients needs, and useful for architects in knowing how to get the best from a structural engineer and realise their dreams.
* Provides a resource for architects in understanding and making effective use of materials and structures
* Encourages more architects to ask for more imaginative input from their structural engineers to inspire building designs
* International case-studies reveal ways in which engineers can help develop architects' ideas

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Bill Addis has written and lectured widely on building design for both engineers and architects. For more than a decade he has curated exhibitions on the engineers contribution to architecture and helped devise the exhibition L'Art de l'Ingnieur at the Pompidou Centre in 1998. He now works as a consulting engineer helping clients and architects reduce the environmental impact of their buildings.

"This book illustrates why so many students select engineering as a profession and as well as inspiring new engineers it should encourage new students and existing professionals to be inspired... This book is very well illustrated... This is a very good book to inspire clients and architects on how to get the best from engineers."
Engineering World, Winter 2001

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