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Masters of the Structural Aesthetic


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Derek Thomas
    Pages 1-6
  3. Derek Thomas
    Pages 7-45
  4. Derek Thomas
    Pages 47-107
  5. Derek Thomas
    Pages 109-121
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 123-132

About this book


This book highlights aesthetics as pertaining to the structural component in architectural design. This less explored aspect of architecture is discussed and explains the enduring qualities of ten specific buildings from architectural history to present day due to their structural aesthetics. Based on comprehensive research, a critical analysis is presented of the constraints and other influences on architectural and structural design, such as culture, patronage, geometry, available resources and technologies.


Biomimesis Biomimicry Thematic transformation Generative algorithms Gothic architects Roman builders Fractal Geometry Parametricism Exoskeletonism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Cape TownSouth Africa

About the authors

Derek’s career has been in architectural practice for forty years coupled with engagement with the academic environment at university level – specifically in third and final year architectural studies and environmental science (MA). This experience has provided insights into what attributes constitute the best in architectural design, and with travel has provided me with an overview of architectural examples that are iconic and highly acclaimed. He is a published author of books on architecture (Architectural Press, 2002) and urban design (Routledge, 2016).

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