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Structural Design for the Stage by Bradley L Powers, Steven A Schmidt, Ben Sammler, Alys Holden

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PURPOSE

Theatrical technical design and carpentry are rooted in a craft-based tradition which places a high value on empirically tested techniques. Consequently, structural engineering techniques are rarely applied to scenery construction, though it may often be desirable. Structural design provides a basis for improving empirical techniques by maximizing efficiency and/or thinness, minimizing weight, etc. In those cases where there is no empirical solution, a technical designer can feel as if he or she is attempting to design in a vacuum, with no foundation from which to work. A firm foundation in structural engineering allows a technical designer to explore viable alternatives as well as providing paradigms for thinking about structural ...

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