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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. Readers: * 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.