4.461 Building Technology I: Materials and Construction

Fall 2004

Buckminster Fuller's Biosphere in Montreal, Quebec. (Image courtesy of Nicolas Janberg of Structurae.)

Course Highlights

This course features a complete set of lecture notes and a unique interactive learning tool that explains structures and structural forces.

Course Description

This course offers an introduction to the history, theory, and construction of basic structural systems as well as an introduction to energy issues in buildings. It emphasizes basic systematic and elemental behavior, principles of structural behavior, and analysis of individual structural elements and strategies for load carrying. The course also introduces fundamental energy topics including thermodynamics, psychrometrics, and comfort. It is a required class for M. Arch. students.

Technical Requirements

Java® plug-in software is required to run the Java® files found on this course site.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. John Fernandez

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session