The Art of Construction Projects and Principles for Beginning Engineers and Architects by Mario Salvadori
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The Art of Construction Projects and Principles for Beginning Engineers and Architects by Mario Salvadori



PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION

THE LAWS GOVERNING the construction of structures do not change with the passing of years or centuries; they are basic laws of nature. Yet I find it necessary to add a preface to this third edition of my book because of the experience I have acquired over the last fifteen years in the schools of New York City and other parts of the United States.

After teaching architectural structures at Princeton and Columbia Universities for many years, I introduced in 1975 a special school program to excite greater interest in mathematics and science in young students. Many thousands of youngsters in junior high and high schools have been exposed to the program since then, and the study of architecture and structure has attracted them to subjects they previously considered obnoxious.

Our program has stimulated them to stay in school and to perform well in a wide range of subjects. The Art of Construction is one of the tools we use to present our program to grade school students. I feel it is worthwhile for parents and teachers to realize that a simple book on architecture may help solve one of the problems that concerns educators all over the country.


Finally, I must add that although The Art of Construction was written for youngsters, it seems to be of great interest to older œyoungsters” as well, among them some of the architects I serve as a professional structural engineer. The third edition of this book has been brought up to date on the few data that have changed with time and may be read as an original work.

CONTENTS

Preface to the Third Edition.

Acknowledgments.

1 From Cave to Skyscraper.

2 Building a Tent.

3 What Is a Beam?

4 What Do We Build Structures With?

5 The Floor of Your Room.

6 A Steel Frame  Made Out of Paper.

7 The Part of the Building You Don't See.

8 What Tornadoes, Earthquakes, and Changes in Temperature Can Do

9 How To Fight Tornadoes and Earthquakes.

10 Ropes and Cables.

11 Sticks and Stones.

12 Strings and Sticks.

13 Shape and Strength.

14 Barrels, Dishes, Butterflies, Bicycle Wheels, and Eggs.

15 Balloons and Back to the Tent.


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