Monday Minute, February 7, 2011
Last Friday, I met with president-designate Eric Kaler, who has been meeting with groups of deans to learn more about our colleges and to hear what we see as our greatest opportunities and challenges. Friday's meeting included the deans of Extension, Continuing Education, and International Programs, so much of the conversation focused on ou ... Read more
In this exercise students focus on the structural system of their studio design proposal. During this semester, we have emphasized the intrinsic relationship between architectural design and structure. Through our sessions we have reviewed the most common components that make building structures. We have learned the different components comprising a building structure (spanning and vertical), we have studied how spanning elements can be solved (form, vector, bulk, surface active, etc.) and we have studied how lateral force resisting mechanisms work. We have studied the supporting system of buildings and we have learned about the role of structure in the overall architectural composition. You have brought to class case studies of significance to the contemporary context of architecture. Through these case studies we have learned that meaningful architectural proposals are loaded with the strength of structural logic.