4.463 / 4.442 Building Technologies III: Building Structural Systems II

Fall 2002

Japanese Pavilion at Expo 2000 in Hanover.
Japanese Pavilion at Hanover Expo 2000, by Shigeru Ban and Buro Happold. (Image courtesy Nicolas Janberg of Structurae, http://www.structurae.de/en/photos/img418.php.)

Course Highlights

This is the second of two semesters of graduate structures courses for architects.  This class goes beyond 4.462 to broaden the student's understanding of structures as integral to the overall design of the project.  This course includes lecture notes on specific materials and their properties.

Course Description

This course addresses advanced topics in structures, exterior envelopes and contemporary production technologies. It continues the exploration of structural elements and systems; expanding to include more complex determinant, indeterminate, long-span and high-rise systems. Some of the topics covered include reinforced concrete, steel and engineered wood design, and an introduction to tensile systems. The contemporary exterior envelope is discussed with an emphasis on the classification of systems, their performance attributes and advanced manufacturing technologies. This course is the second of two graduate structures courses, the first of which is 4.462. They offer an expanded version of the content presented in the undergraduate course, 4.440.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. John Ochsendorf

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week
2 hours / session