Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Book Review: Reinforced Concrete Design of Tall Buildings
Reinforced Concrete Design of Tall Buildings     
Author: Dr. Bungale S. Taranath

Publisher: CRC Press, 2009

Hardcover:   989 pages

Language: English

ISBN: 978-1439804803

Reviewer: Zak Kostura, CTBUH Journal Editor

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Increasingly, reinforced concrete is the material of choice for the structure of tall buildings worldwide.  In Asia and the Middle East, two vast regions that have seen a relatively recent explosion in highrise construction, reinforced concrete embodies a strong confluence of advantages stemming from the availability of the material and familiarity of the local construction industry with the medium.  However the unique geometries and rigorous performance requirements of modern high-rise buildings necessitate strong familiarity with the principles underlying reinforced concrete design and an intuitive understanding of the behavior of the material.

Such principles and behaviors are explored in clear detail in this textbook by author and consulting engineer Dr. Bungale S. Taranath.   Dr. Taranath applies his extensive professional experience directly to the narrative of this book, which explores both the basic principles of reinforced concrete design as well as the specifics – and occasional peculiarities – associated with implementing this material in the structure of a tall or supertall building.

The detail presented in the book’s chapters on analytical techniques for such critical tasks as determining modal frequencies and computing creep suffice for the engineering student and engineering professional alike.  Code-based design approaches reference up-to-date sources including ASCE/SEI 7-05, IBC-06/09, ACI 318-05/08, and ASCE/SEI 41-06.

Nevertheless, the book conveys an intuitive approach that could easily prove insightful for architects and others who work alongside structural engineers.  The book covers holistic structural concepts such as functional requirements, lateral load design philosophy, and calculations for estimating structural cost.  All this is beset amongst a detailed history of tall building design with reinforced concrete and an array of case studies spanning North America, Asia and the Middle East.  This book is a clear and useful tool for structural engineers, and a potentially valuable source of insight for others connected with the design of tall building structure.

About the author:
Dr. Taranath's passion for Tall Buildings developed in Southampton,UK, when he was a PhD student at the University of Southampton. The mesmerizing lectures by Dr. Fazlur Khan of SOM in that conference titled TALL BUILDINGS, with particular reference to SHEAR WALL STRUCTURES, paved way for his career in tall building design. Dr. Taranath presented his very first paper, Torsion- Bending of Slab Structures in that conference and went on to publish numerous papers and books on Tall Building Design. This conference was the fore-runner to the formation of CTBUH.