Structural Analysis and the Humanities

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Report Number: AFFDL TR 71-160 p. 1001-1023
Author(s): Abel, John F.
Corporate Author(s): Princeton University
Date of Publication: 1973-12
Pages: 24
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The contemporary challenge that engineers should become more sensitive to the effects of their technological decisions is in essence an exhortation to assimilate the cultural values implicit in "historic insight and social memory." A Princeton University program is described which responds to this challenge by introducing engineers to their own humanistic tradition. To illustrate how matrix analysis of structures can be taught in a humanistic context and can be applied to humanistic research, five case studies from the Princeton program are discussed. These include: the analysis of Eiffel's Maria Pia Bridge, a design study of Revell's Toronto City Hall, research of the structural performance of the ribbed vaults of Gothic cathedrals, the analysis of a Maillart concrete plane frame, and a critical study of Saarinen's Kresge Auditorium.

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