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Before Steel

The Introduction of Structural Iron and Its Consequences

Mario Rinke Joseph Schwartz



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Niggli Verlag
01 January 2010
Steel is one of the most important building materials of our time, and is closely related to notions of modern construction or modern architecture in general. This book aims not only to illustrate the beginnings of steel's usage as a building material, it also endeavors to show the theoretical, practical, formal, and cultural consequences of these beginnings 200 years ago.

The volume looks critically at the many-layered connections between architecture and engineering, and at the dramatically changing way in which the disciplines understand themselves. All of this is contextualized by examining the usage of iron, the new structural building material, during the industrialization period. For this purpose, many notable authors from various disciplines contribute their view.

overview of steel as a building material historical outline to show the theoretical, practical, formal, and cultural consequences critical look at the connections between architecture and engineering contributions by authors from different fields The book received the German architecture book award 2011 in the category Historische Materialkunde (historic material) of the German Architecture Museum Frankfurt.
By:   Joseph Schwartz
Edited by:   Mario Rinke
Imprint:   Niggli Verlag
Country of Publication:   Switzerland
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   750g
ISBN:   9783721207569
ISBN 10:   3721207564
Pages:   236
Publication Date:   01 January 2010
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mario Rinke, born in 1979, engineering study at the Bauhaus-Universitat in Weimar. In 2007 he worked in the London engineering office of Ramboll Whitbybird, before moving to the ETH in 2008 to the chair of structural design. Joseph Schwartz, born in 1957, received his master's degree in 1981 and his doctorate in 1989 in the Department for Civil engineering at the ETH in Zurich. Prof. Schwartz runs his own engineering office with headquarters in Zug and works closely with several leading Swiss architects. He is a member of the board of the professional group for bridge building and structural engineering and president of the Masonry Commission SIA 266.

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