ARCH 2613/5613: Structural Systems II: Structural Analysis and Exploration

3D rendering of structural truss

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Buildings are generally conceived, designed, and constructed to serve a specific program. The nature of the program will often influence the architectural and engineering forms. Over time, changes in industry, technology, or demographics may make the original intent of the building obsolete. Environmental loads may also change or be better understood, causing a reevaluation of the chosen system.

For example, an industrial/factory building may become vacant when the industry evolves, moves away, or becomes obsolete; a library building will be designed for high, live loads and a close column spacing in book-stack areas. Technology has reduced the need for physical volumes, allowing libraries to repurpose expensive stack areas; however, a tight column spacing limits the functionality of the space. A coastal building is now more susceptible to flooding and high wind loads; most buildings constructed more than 50 years ago do not meet the requirements of current seismic design codes.

The Structural Systems II class has explored the structural implications of programmatic, environmental, and technological changes in a building. Through detailed digital modeling and structural analysis, the selected case studies have been transformed to adapt to their new conditions.

This exhibition was curated by Visiting Critic Alastair Elliott and the following teaching assistants: Hallie Black (B.Arch. '19), Catie Ely (B.Arch. '18), Lucy Flieger (B.Arch. 19), Tom Rushton (B.Arch. '20), Petrea Sweeny (M.Arch. '17), and Ben Vongvanij (M.Arch. '17).