Building Structures: From Concepts to Design by Malcolm MillaisBuilding Structures: From Concepts to Design by Malcolm Millais

Building Structures: From Concepts to Design

byMalcolm MillaisEditorMalcolm Millais, Malcom Millais

Paperback | May 6, 2005

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A thorough introduction to building for the non-expert, this book is a one-stop book reference source for knowing everything important about building structures.


  • follow the history of structural understanding
  • grasp all the concepts of structural behaviour via step by step explanations
  • apply the concepts to a simple building
  • see how the concepts also apply to real buildings from Durham Cathedral to the Bank of China
  • use the concepts to define the design process
  • see how the concepts inform design choices
  • understand how engineering and architecture have diverged and what effect this has had
  • learn to do simple but relevant numerical calculations for actual structures
  • enter the world of structural theory and see how modern techniques are applied.

With over 400 pages and over 1000 user-friendly diagrams, this book is a must for anyone who has to or would like to understand the fascinating world of structures.

Title:Building Structures: From Concepts to DesignFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.69 × 6.85 × 0.8 inPublished:May 6, 2005Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415336236

ISBN - 13:9780415336239


Table of Contents

1. Load and Load Paths  2. Internal Forces  3. Structural Element Behaviour  4. Advanced Concepts of Stress  5. Structural Materials  6. Safe Structure and Failure  7. Geometry and Structural Behaviour  8. Behaviour of a Simple Building  9. Real Structures  10. Structural Conception  11. Structures and Built Form  12. A Simple Approach to Calculations  13. The Mathematical Basis

Editorial Reviews

'How I wish that, when I was introduced to the "theory of structures" and "strength of materials", Millais' book had been available to replace the dense and boring tomes that I was presented with.'  ¿ Derek Sugden, The Architects' Journal 'Has someone ever urged you to "go back to first principles" but you could never find out what they were? Well, here is the book that will get you much, if not all, of the way there.'  ¿ Structural Engineer '[Provides] the historically-minded reader with an informative insight into structural matters, from which a better understanding of buildings should come. ' - Construction History 'This book uses simple language to explain complex structural concepts and mathematical calculations. Ideal for students of 1st and 2nd years.' ¿ Lecturer, University of Liverpool