Architecture: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by Andrew Ballantyne

By Andrew Ballantyne

This hugely unique and complex examine structure is helping us to appreciate the cultural importance of the constructions that encompass us. It avoids the normal style-spotting process and as an alternative provides us an idea of what it's approximately structures that strikes us, and what it really is that makes them very important artistically and culturally. The booklet starts by means of taking a look at how structure acquires which means via culture, and concludes with the exoticism of the new avant-garde interval. Illustrations of specific constructions support to anchor the overall issues with particular examples, from old Egypt to the current day.

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As a backup precaution, the counterflashing is also folded out to create a Capillary Break (see information later in this chapter). For ease of installation, the counterflashing is often made in two pieces, as shown.   SECTION 1 F u nction 17 5. A drip should always be provided under the outer edge of an overhanging story of a building. In a wooden building, the bottom edge of the siding can usually be projected below the soffit to provide a drip. In a concrete or stone building, a drip groove around the outer edge of the soffit will prevent leakage and staining of the soffit area.

The overhang and drip is a simple, economical, and highly effective detailing element that shows up in many kinds of details. In these two drawings, we see it used to protect the two openings beneath a door. In the lower part of both these details, the sill overhangs the wall below. In the wood sill detail (2a), the drip is simply a groove milled into the bottom of the wooden sill. The groove must be wide enough and deep enough so that a drop of water cannot bridge it: Usually a width of 1⁄4 in.

This internal drainage system is a frank and useful acknowledgment that things can go wrong in sealants, glazing compounds, gaskets, mortar joints, and metal connections— whether the problem is caused by faulty materials, inadequate workmanship, building movement, or deterioration of materials over time. Such a drainage system also releases any water that condenses inside the assembly or is introduced from interior sources. It is inexpensive insurance against the damage that can be caused by uncontrolled leakage and the expense of rebuilding a wall of flawed design.

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