The book “Diagrid Structures: Systems, Connections, Details”, translated by Dr. Mohammad Tahsildoost, faculty member of the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, and Reyhaneh Zolfaghari Moghaddam was published recently by SBU Press in 204 pages. The book is authored by Terri Meyer Boake, full professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo.
Diagrid structures are not very common in the construction of buildings in our country, but due to the unique possibility they provide for controlling and directing building loads, especially lateral forces, related research and their use as one of the emerging building systems is increasing. Apart from the aesthetic aspects, the performance of the diagonal network structure of this building system is so irreplaceable that it attracts the designer and forces him to accept the consequences of choosing this system and changing the components of the building and other design and execution requirements. Rather than dealing with the structural calculations of this system, this book examines it with a view to building engineering and design arrangements, and presents the relevant executive dimensions and global experiences. The general principles of design, execution and construction, and the interaction of this system with other components of the building, especially the facade, form the main parts of the book.
The book is divided into three sections. The first section studies the factors that led to the creation of early diagrid structures (Chapters 2 and 3). The second section offers a comparative analysis of the significant number of newer diagrid buildings, in order to provide a useful background to assist in the design of these buildings (Chapters 4 to 10). The third section provides a more detailed and focused look at a few recent projects (Chapter 11).
It is hoped that due to the lack of up-to-date Persian resources in this field, the content of the book will be attractive and useful for construction specialists in the fields of civil engineering and architecture.