Building Technology I (Materials and Construction) OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Graduate Level Building Technology Course

Published Jan 11, 2009

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The history and theory of basic structures are core subjects for architects and building designers. 'Building Technology I: Materials and Construction' is an introduction to these topics for students in a Master of Architecture degree program. This free OpenCourseWare from MIT focuses on structural elements, load carrying strategies, structural behavioral principles and fundamental topics in energy.

Building Technology I (Materials and Construction): Course Specifics

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Building Technology I (Materials and Construction): Course Description

This free building technology course is an introduction to the construction, theory and history of rudimentary structural systems. The original instructor, Professor John Fernandez, introduced building principles, best practices and the process of architectural invention through lectures and class assignments. Course topics range from a historical survey of architecture structures to a comprehensive study of modern materials. Special focus is given to the overarching principles of holistic building, architectural invention and the concept of building technology as a combination of technique and form within a cultural context. By the end of this course, students will be familiar with architectural assemblies requirements and construction processes. They will be able to create inventive solutions to structural challenges. This course is part of a graduate-level Architecture degree program. Students should have some knowledge of graphic statics.

This OpenCourseWare includes lecture notes, links to selected readings, an assignment, a quiz with accompanying solution and study material and an interactive Java program demonstrating statics. To learn more about building technology, visit construction and materials in the technology of building course page.

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