ARH 420 Structures: Systems Investigation

ARH 420 Structures: Systems Investigation

This course is taken concurrent with ARH 410. Structural intuition is cultivated through physical model making to evaluate and propose structural systems for design studio projects. The relationship between structural behaviors and building geometry is studied through load tests and load path diagrams to establish design criteria for structural systems.

Course Learning Outcome

As a result of successfully completing this course, students…

  • Will be able to:

    • Develop structural intuition to visualize structural behaviors using physical model load tests and load path diagrams
    • Evolve and adapt structural systems to accommodate programmatic and spatial criteria by identifying, defending, and resolving irregularities in common structural systems
    • Research principles of structural behavior in withstanding gravity and lateral forces in contemporary structural systems
    • Critique precedent buildings in terms of their structural expressiveness and the relationship between structural efficiency and architectural form
    • Assign different density and thickness to structural elements so that matter is organized in response to force
    • Assign stereotomic or tectonic materiality to structural elements consistent with architectural design concept
    • Propose structural load paths that reinforce the architectural design concept
    • Determine structural modules based on understanding of span limits for different structural systems that best accommodate program needs
    • Explain decision making process of structural system selection and adaptation through diagrams and annotations
    • Acquire vocabulary for structural elements and their behaviors
    • Student work from this course will meet all or part of NAAB SPC A.3 Investigative Skills: Ability to gather, assess, record, apply, and comparatively evaluate relevant information and performance in order to support conclusions related to a specific project or assignment
    • Student work from this course will meet all or part of NAAB SPC B.5 Structural Systems: Ability to demonstrate the basic principles of structural systems and their ability to withstand gravitational, seismic, and lateral forces, as well as the selection and application of the appropriate structural system