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Reciprocal Frame Architecture

ISBN-10: 0750682639

ISBN-13: 9780750682633

Edition: 2008

Authors: Olga Popovic Larsen

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In structural terms reciprocal frame structures are 'three dimensional assemblies of mutually supporting beams'. But behind this definition lie some breathtakingly beautiful and complex structures at the heart of buildings both ancient and modern. This new book explores the principles of these apparently simple structures and demonstrates how they can be used in the context of a modern building. Starting with historic designs by de Honnecourt, Da Vinci and Selio, case studies look at modern examples of reciprocal frame structure buildings that range from low environmental impact buildings in the UK through rapid assembly buildings in Tanzania to complex and beautiful structures like Tokyo's Spinning House and the Puppet Theatre in Seiwa. Olga Popovich's book is designed to inform and inspire architects and structural engineers alike, and brings to life a structural design principle that has been known for thousands of years. * simple introduction to the design principles of mutually supporting structures * explores the impact of structural choices on the aesthetic impact of a building * highly illustrated case studies from across the globe
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Book details

List price: $57.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 1/24/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 198
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Background - the reciprocal frame historically
Morphology
Geometry
Variation of the parameters
Other RF geometries
List of symbols
Structural behaviour
RF structures with inclined members
Two-dimensional, in-plane, RF structures
RF structural models as examples
Axial forces
Shear forces
Bending moments
Geometry
Loading
Materials
Connections
Forming the roof
Progressive collapse
Japan - a home of RF structures
Use of timber
The concept of 'movement' spaces in Japanese architecture
The 'Sukiya' concept
The reciprocal frame architecture of Kazuhiro Ishii
The initial meeting
The 'Spinning' house (Enomoto residence) in Tokyo
Sukiya Yu house - Ishii's reciprocal frame design creates a new contemporary Sukiya style
Bunraku Puppet Theatre
Torikabuto - the Life Science Laboratory designed
The reciprocal frame as an ecological structure
The Stonemason Museum
The building
The reciprocal frame as a spiritual structure - the work of Graham Brown
The first meeting
The arrival of the RF
The patent rights
The upward struggle: from gazebos and whisky barrels to Wimpey Homes
The RF as a spiritual structure - Colney Wood burial park
Built examples
The Roundhouse
Deborah Gunn residence, Virginia, USA
Spey Valley reciprocal frame house
Postscript
Bibliography
Index