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Building Tectonics 2 (ARCH 361): Winter 2019
Building Tectonics 2 (ARCH 361): Winter 2019

The second course in a sequence introducing technologies involved in the design and construction of buildings. Topics include construction materials and methods, envelope design, mechanical systems, thermal and other environmental building systems.

As the follow up to Building Tectonics 1, which focused on building materials and their properties, Building Tectonics 2 looks at those materials after they are integrated into the components that make up the primary structural systems of which buildings are composed. This course will begin with a study of basic structural principles, their components and an overview of the types of structural systems available to architects. It will be followed by a series of lectures, case study assignments and site visits that will focus on four primary structural building types categorized into the following groups: unit masonry, monolithic structures, heavy frame construction, and light-frame construction. We will look at the ways in which these systems perform structurally and at how they are assembled tectonically as well as explore what tectonic expression says about a building’s significance in cultural, historical and perceptual terms.