This fascinating study of the structural elements of Gothic cathedrals is written by an engineer who has spent the last 15 years applying analytical techniques of structural mechanics to Gothic buildings. Like a detective, he uses these techniques to solve continuing historical arguments about whether flying buttresses hold the roof up or are merely decorative, whether ornate pinnacles atop piers are structurally necessary or purely aesthetic, whether the ribs of the vaults hold up the ceiling as is generally believed, whether the cathedral at Chartres deserves its place in history as the height of innovative medieval design.
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Robert Mark is Professor of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Princeton University.Review:
"This is a work that will rank with the major modern scholarly inquiries into Gothic architecture... Mark is not a victim, as so many pure aestheticians are, of the fallacy of seeing Gothic cathedrals as physical objects only. For him, they are the product of complex social, economic, and cultural forces, from the growth of liquid capital as a result of the Crusades to the increasing technical abilities of masons and craftsmen. Neither is he swayed by their mystique. He explains cathedrals as a teacher might explain a fact of mathematics, and yet he makes one comprehend how remarkable was the achievement of their builders."
—Paul Goldberger, Discover
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Descripción The MIT Press, 1984. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110262630958
Descripción The MIT Press. PAPERBACK. Estado de conservación: New. 0262630958 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW6.0112123
Descripción The MIT Press, 1984. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 262630958