Building Between Buildings (Available in Structural Engineering Special Issue Only)

by Nair R. Shankar, P.E., (F.ASCE), Sr. Vice Pres.; Teng & Assocs. Inc., Chicago, IL,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1998, Vol. 68, Issue 12, Pg. 12A-16A

Document Type: Feature article


Construction of tall buildings in the centers of the world's large cities almost invariably involves working within severe site constraints. The constraints can involve all aspects of architectural and engineering design. Three built and one unbuilt project show how structural engineering can make or break a project. Creating opportunities for development of impossible sites through innovative design represents a unique�and uniquely rewarding� challenge. Transferring horizontal or vertical forces or overturning moments allows designers to open up spaces within buildings or span or overhang existing objects.

Subject Headings: Building design | Structural engineering | Project management | High-rise buildings | Construction sites | Buildings | Architectural engineering

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