4.463 Building Technology III: Building Structural Systems

Fall 2004

Stata Center.
Construction detail of Frank Gehry's Stata Center in Cambridge, MA. (Image courtesy of Nicolas Janberg of Structurae.)

Course Highlights

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

Course Description

This course addresses advanced structures, exterior envelopes and contemporary production technologies. It continues the exploration of structural elements and systems, and expands to include more complex determinate, indeterminate, long-span and high-rise systems. It covers topics such as reinforced concrete, steel and engineered wood design, and provides an introduction to tensile systems. Lectures also address the contemporary exterior envelope with an emphasis on their performance attributes and advanced manufacturing technologies. This course is required of MArch 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