Guy Nordenson made his mark crafting and executing challenging structural design projects while intertwining the disciplines of science and art. Reading Structures: 39 Projects and Built Works presents thirty-nine complex architectural structures, both built and unbuilt, by the Princeton University professor and structural engineer.
This body of work, developed with architects and artists, reveals Nordenson’s unique approach to a progressive collaborative process as both engineer and designer. The structures in this volume span twenty-eight years of creative work and are organized around three thematic sections: engineering ephemera, simply supported and building history.
The monograph contains essays by Nordenson on said themes as well as his individual project descriptions chronicling the vision and challenges of each. Color photography, renderings and drawings illustrate the projects and their construction processes. Barry Bergdoll, architectural historian, curator and critic, provides an introduction.
“Even for the lay person, Reading Structures offers incredible insight—from inspiration to design to politics—into how buildings, pavilions, parking garages, bridges, and follies get built, or don’t. And, maybe more important, how they stand up.”
– Architectural Record
Author(s): Guy Nordenson
Foreword by Barry Bergdoll
Design: Integral Lars Müller