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Book Review: Empirical Structural Design for Architects, Engineers, and Builders

Empirical Structural Design for Architects, Engineers, and Builders by Thomas Boothby is exactly what its long title suggests: a textbook on how to design without modern analysis. Empirical design can mean a lot of things, but on page 1, Mr. Boothby makes it clear what he wants to talk about. He gives an example for …

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Book Review: Making Things Right

A house in Oslo similar to the one described in the book. Photo by Øyvind Holmstad. Ole Thorstensen is a carpenter in Norway who decided to combine his philosophy of work with a description of a small project in the book Making Things Right. The general idea has been done before – The Soul of a …

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Book Review: The Shock of the Old

The most interesting non-fiction books I read have something in common with the most interesting project we get in the office: they fall in between usual categories in a manner that requires thinking in more than one discipline at a time. The Shock of the Old by David Edgerton is a book on the history …

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Book Review: The Perfectionists

I found this to be a somewhat frustrating book, as described below. If there were more popular books on civil or structural engineering I might not have even read it, but being starved I went for the mechanical engineering text. Winchester is one of the great explainers, who writes books taking complicated and little-known topics …

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