The Engineering Aesthetics of Tall Buildings

by Joseph G. Burns, (A.M.ASCE), Assoc. and Proj. Structural Engr.; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago, Ill.,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-450-4 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-450-1 (ISBN-10), 1985, Soft Cover, Pg. 64

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Conference information: A Session of ASCE Convention | Denver, Colorado, United States | May 2, 1985

Document Type: Book - Proceedings


The Proceedings of a session on the Aesthetics and Design of High-Rise Buildings at the ASCE Convention in Denver is included in its entirety. The session was chaired by Lynn Beedle and papers presented on this subject by Joseph Colaco; Myron Goldsmith; Jeppe Larsen and T. Y. Lin; and Charles Thornton. The engineering aesthetics of tall buildings is discussed in relation to various building materials, building form, individual members, joints and connections. The effects of scale were also discussed with respect to the appropriateness and efficiency of various structural systems. High rise buildings' social context is explored, as well as its function in the urban environment. The importance of collaboration between architects and engineers is shown to be an important requirement in the creation of buildings with a strong engineering aesthetic; examples are given of such buildings. The purpose of this session and these proceedings is to encourage the active participation of engineers in the design of large scale buildings, to include the search for new building systems and their appropriate aesthetic expression.

Subject Headings: Building systems | Aesthetics | High-rise buildings | Building materials | Construction materials | Joints | Social factors | Urban areas


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