If there is a Ching-ian punch, I guess it would be being fun and easy.
Last publication, on building codes, is a perfect example for it. Most
practitioners in the beginning of their careers suffer interpreting
somewhat ambiguous words of code book, let alone systematically
understanding of overall structure of it. Ching knocked it down with his
This book likewise, will bring somewhat theoretical and mathmatical
subject, hence often avoided, enjoyable to readers. It will be especially
helpful for those who would like to grasp overall picture of what constitutes
structural engineering for an architect.
Followings are covered:
1. basic structural terminology
2. design issues (gains or losses by overruling one system over another)
3. material properties (wood, steel, conc)
4. loads (gravity vs. lateral)
5. long span roofs and high-rise structural issues
6. system integration
What is Ching-ian punch in this book? It is being heavily graphical, well
organized, and to the point. It is also being intensely focused and design related.
Clear and simple in the beginning, the book moves very smoothly with rich
illustration and terse text.
Page after page, the book will symphonically orchestrate between various systems
allowing readers, to know different structure systems based on material taxonomy
(wood, steel, concrete), and to grasp the pros and cons of each different structure