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Introduction to Architectural Technology, 2nd Edition by Dason Whitsett, Peter Silver, William McLean

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Case Studies

Origins of Construction Types

The following range of case studies illustrates the historic relationship between design and technology in architecture and civil engineering. The examples are listed chronologically. Generally, the older the structure, the more likely it is to be low tensile in nature – the materials used are largely in compression and are therefore unsuitable for long spans. At the same time, older structures were not necessarily less environmentally efficient than modern ones, and it can be seen that passive environmental control was inherent in much traditional, vernacular architecture. Traditional dwelling types were born out of the local environment – both making use of its physical resources and reacting to its ...

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