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Posted by  JWmHarmon on November 27, 2003 at 23:18:18:

In Reply to:  Re: How to be involved in architecture if you're not studying architecture? posted by a book you might like on November 26, 2003 at 05:59:15:

I have read these two books. These two books should be required reading for everyone in the building design business. Knowing how buildings have failed can help us avoid some design errors that can have tragic results.

I highly recommend that everyone read these two books.
From Amazon.com
"Why Buildings Fall Down: How Structures Fail
by Matthys Levy, Kevin Woest (Illustrator), Mario G. Salvadori (Contributor)

Why Buildings Stand Up by Mario G. Salvadori, Christopher Ragus (Illustrator)"


Everyone in the building design business should also do research into specific design failures to see how easy it is to make a design decision that may lead to structural failure and death to buiding occupants. We always need to be aware that we can make a mistake and must take every precaution to prevent problems.


If I remember my history correctly Frank Lloyd Wright early in his career in Chicago witnessed the aftermath of someone else's design failure that led to the death of a number of people. This influenced his attention to detail.

A seemingly minor design change led to the collapse of the Hyatt Regency Hotel Skywalk in Kansas City Missouri USA on July 17, 1981. Check the link below.

 
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