Buildings and Landmarks of Medieval Europe


James B. Tschen-Emmons
Buildings and Landmarks of Medieval Europe: The Middle Ages Revealed

Buildings and Landmarks of Medieval Europe: The Middle Ages Revealed makes use of significant buildings as “representative structures” to provide insight into specific cultures, historical periods, or topics of the Middle Ages. The explanations of these buildings’ construction, original intended use and change over time, and design elements allow readers to better comprehend what life in European societies of the past was like, covering social, political, economic, and intellectual perspectives. Readers will be able to apply what they learn from the discussions of the structures to improve their understanding of the historical period as well as their skills of observation and assessment needed to analyze these landmark structures and draw meaningful conclusions about their context and significance.

• Supplies fascinating and interactive ways to learn about these buildings and the motivations of the people who created them

• Spotlights buildings and structures that are visually compelling as well as historically significant in order to heighten readers’ interest in the content

• Ideally suited to support the emerging set of Common Core Standards for Social Studies that specifically calls for students to learn how to integrate information from diverse formats and media

• Includes photographs of medieval buildings with descriptions and historical analysis, sidebars with additional info and primary sources

The book’s supporting features – a chronology, biographical appendix, glossary, and subject index – help researchers in successfully completing their papers or projects.

Jennifer M. Feltman
The North Transept of Reims Cathedral: Design, Construction, and Visual Programs

This interdisciplinary volume in the AVISTA series is the first book to focus solely on the north transept of Reims Cathedral, the portion of the gothic building that served as the canons’ primary entrance to the cathedral from their adjoining cloister in the thirteenth century. Despite the importance of its sculpture and stained glass, as well as its ritual use by the canons, the north transept remains one of the least understood portions of the cathedral – in part because its sequence of construction is so complex, even improvised. Until recently, important archaeological evidence of the transept’s substructures was unavailable. This is, however, no longer the case. The current volume presents this new subterranean evidence alongside careful studies of the stones above ground, analysis of the geometry used in the transept’s design, iconographic and stylistic studies of its sculpture and glass, and extant medieval documents, which record events bearing upon its construction. Essays by international specialists of the cathedral’s archaeology, architecture, sculpture, and stained glass address issues of the north transept’s evolving design and visual programs, thereby significantly clarifying and revising the building’s chronology. Essays also consider the meaning of its visual programs in light of architectural adaptation and contemporary socio-historical events – whether royal coronations or the infamous revolts of the local burghers. In addition to presenting a readily accessible state of the research on the north transept, the volume also provides a model for interdisciplinary and international collaboration in the study of medieval buildings.

Hassan Al Nageim, T.J. MacGinley
Steel Structures: Practical Design Studies, Third Edition

The third edition of this popular book now contains references to both Eurocodes and British Standards, as well as new and revised examples, and sections on sustainability, composite columns and local buckling.

Initial chapters cover the essentials of structural engineering and structural steel design, whilst the remainder of the book is dedicated to a detailed examination of the analysis and design of selected types of structures, presenting complex designs in an understandable and user-friendly way. These structures include a range of single and multi-storey buildings, floor systems and wide-span buildings.

Emphasis is placed on practical design with a view to helping undergraduate students and newly qualified engineers bridge the gap between academic study and work in the design office. Experienced engineers who need a refresher course on up-to-date methods of design and analysis will also find the book useful.

Yonca Hurol
The Tectonics of Structural Systems : An Architectural Approach

The Tectonics of Structural Systems provides an architectural approach to the theory of structural systems.

The book combines: structural recommendations to follow during the architectural design of various structural systems and the tectonic treatment of structural recommendations in architecture.

Written expressly for students, the book makes structures understandable and useful, providing:

– practical and useful knowledge about structures
– a design based approach to the subject of structures
– and a bridge in the gap between structures and the theory of design.

Good architectural examples for each structural system are given in order to demonstrate that tectonics can be achieved by applying technical knowledge about structures. Over 300 illustrations visually unpack the topics being explained, making the book ideal for the visual learner.

Interior Designer
Chinese Architecture Today

China is not only a playground for international architectural practices, but has its own active architectural scene between international influences and China’s rich building tradition. Twenty-six projects focus on this diverse output. The range of examples includes the reuse of historic factory buildings, experimental new buildings and new applications of old building materials such as bamboo.