Aims: To consider the development of the design process as the interaction between architecture and engineering, of various classes of structure. To consider in more detail the structural design structures.
On the completion of this unit students should be able to demonstrate their understanding of the structural design process in relation to various classes of structure.
An understanding of the limitations and possibilities associated with various structural materials and structural systems within the holistic design of buildings.
The structural design process. Basic concepts of static and structural action. Structural materials. Definition and quantification of loads on structures. Concepts of safety, stability and serviceability. Identification of architectural and structural concept in design. Comparison between efficiency and aesthetics of structures and buildings. Approximations and other criteria for sizing structural elements. Design of steel structural elements. Design of reinforced concrete structural elements. Design of connections. Application of the above programme to the structural assessment of a chosen case study, among contemporary works which highlight interaction between architectural creativity and innovative technological design.