Undergraduate Course: Technology and Environment 2B: Building Fabric (ARCH08027)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course explores the applications of the principles of structural analysis and design, and also construction technology, implemented in the first year technology and design courses. Moving up the degree of complexity in design, structural stability and serviceability is examined as a result of a wider range of actions.
The process of dimensioning structural elements is scrutinised to provide insight to the rationality involved. Discussion of the design of these elements and their expression in structural forms classified broadly as linear and cellular addresses the majority of medium-sized construction and covers collectively the main material systems (timber, steel, concrete, masonry), highlighting their relevance to architectural design.
This is further explored in their tectonic expression in processes of material system choice, architectural synthesis and assembly, actually the essence of how a building communicates its qualities to its users.
Technology and building design of the main material systems (masonry, timber, concrete, steel)
- structural loads
- structural analysis (stress, stiffness, qualitative analysis)
- material technology and mechanical properties
- sizing of timber structures
- design of frames
- masonry and cellular structures
- soils and foundations
- masonry as a material system
- steel as a material system
- concrete as a material system
- timber as a material system
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| No
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||This course is only open to students on an approved exchange with ESALA.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 30,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Online Activities 6,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Assignment 1 (LO1) 25%
Assignment 2 (LO2) 25%
3 Essays (LO3) 50%
||Written feedback is given to each assignment according to the Learning Outcome assessed.
A formative feedback session runs at the end of the Structures project in the classroom where common observations are discussed with the students.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- apply the mechanisms of design of structures that address increasingly complex interactions between forms, human use and the environment of a site, in terms of imposed actions and the impact of the chosen material
- demonstrate an understanding of the process of choice and assembly of material systems in the design of buildings to provide internal conditions of comfort and its aesthetic expression
- communicate an understanding of the range of applications of the principles of assembly and structural performance with regards to the main material systems (masonry, timber, steel and concrete) in the design of medium-sized buildings
|Structures, D L Schodek. Prentice-Hall. 1998|
Building structures : from concepts to design, M. Millais. London: Spon Press, 2005
Timber construction manual, T. Herzog et al. Basel: Birkhäuser Edition Detail, 2004
Archi-Tech: An Integrated Approach to Building Science and Technology by Architectural Press Release: 2006.
Building Skins by Christian Schittich Birkhauser Verlag AG Release: 2006
Facade Construction Manual by Thomas Herzog, Roland Krippner, Werner Lang Birkhauser Verlag AG Release: 2004
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||- application of mathematical processes
- building analysis
- communication through drawings
|Keywords||Technology & environment; building fabric; structures; construction
|Course organiser||Dr Dimitrios Theodossopoulos
Tel: (0131 6)50 2300
|Course secretary||Miss Amanda Fleet
Tel: (0131 6)50 2328