TS4 - Studies in Advanced Structural Design

Structures are complex systems providing strength, stiffness and stability to buildings. Architects need to understand structural principles in order to design buildings that respond to challenging design briefs and site constraints. This course will build upon the knowledge developed during previous structures courses and apply it to real projects, class exercises and workshops. The course has an assignment project that requires the analysis of an existing complex building to demonstrate the structural understanding. This is achieved through research and study of existing drawings and photographs; correctly interpreting the structural principles through sketching the structural behaviour of the building; and by developing alternative concepts or alterations of the existing structures. The overall objective of the course is to make students aware of structural options and, therefore, more comfortable during the development their designs for other courses or in their future professions.

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