Building Technology II (Building Structural Systems) OpenCourseWare: Free Graduate Level Building Technology Course by MIT

Published Jan 11, 2009

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'Building Technology II: Building Structural Systems I' is free OpenCourseWare that provides the basic tools to analyze structures holistically and understand the properties of various building materials. This MIT course is designed for students pursuing a Master of Architecture degree.

Building Technology II (Building Structural Systems I): Course Specifics

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Building Technology II (Building Structural Systems I): Course Description

This building technology course uses lectures and lab sessions to introduce basic architectural analysis and structural design practices. Students learn about the load bearing properties of different structural forms, creating buildings that reflect environmental concerns and the impact of architectural forms on a structure's holistic design. Professor John Ochsendorf stresses special topics in structural systems, such as the importance of graphic representation methods and structural analysis' relationship with building design. Apart from the hands-on lab sessions, students in the original course worked on a structural design project that requires them to create a building proposal that met specific engineering criteria. Other topics covered include economic limitations in architectural design, building aesthetics and sustainable structures. This is a graduate level Department of Architecture course. Students should have some experience with calculating static forces and basic structural design principles.

'Building Technology II: Building Structural Systems I' OpenCourseWare provides lecture notes, assignments, review materials, project guidelines and a final exam. To access these materials, visit basic structural systems of buildings course page.

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