This book explores the potential of structure, that is beams, columns, frames, struts and other structural members, to enrich architecture. At the most basic level, I hope to raise architects’ perception of a structure as an integral element of architecture rather than as just an applied technology. I also wish to challenge architects to design structure themselves. That is, to attend to all aspects of its design, in collaboration with structural engineers of course, in order to realize their design concepts. Where structure contributes architecturally, other than in its primary load-bearing role, it contributes another layer of aesthetic and functional richness to designs. It increases interest in and enjoyment of buildings improves their usability and raises the spirits of their occupants.

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