Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Routledge (September 12, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.7 x 9.6 inches
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While most technical books on earthquake-resistant building design are laden with formulas and arcane language useful only to structural engineers, it is good to find with Professor Charleson's book one that clearly states the concepts that lead to good design practices that contribute to building safety in earthquake areas. In fact, many engineers in different countries would benefit from this book - both for the purpose of helping them explain concepts better to their clients and their consulting architects, and to better understand the design principles specific to earthquake resistance themselves. I would also recommend this book not only to architects, but to many government officials who would benefit from a better understanding of earthquake resistant design.Andrew Charleson is from New Zealand, a country that has contributed many innovations in this field. He has also traveled and taught in other countries. His book, better than many from the United States, addresses the kinds of construction, including masonry infilled reinforced concrete frame construction, that are more commonly found in earthquake hazard regions in other parts of the world remote from North America, including India, Pakistan, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Prof. Charleson has also referenced some of the icons of the Modern movement, such as Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye, by analyzing them as if it were in an earthquake area, to illustrate the kind of thinking that needs to be embraced early on in the creative design process. My complements also for the simple, consistent, yet effective computer generated graphics, and the choice of photographs from a variety of earthquake damage districts to illustrate the concepts. I highly recommend this book.
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