Course: Structure and Form 1

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Course title Structure and Form 1
Course code KNK/KF1
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional, Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
Lecturer(s)
  • Saffarian Saman, Ing. arch. Mag. arch.
Course content
1. Introduction to the philosophy of designing structures; revision of the concepts concerning elasticity and strength 2. The effects of load - gravitation, weather effects, imposed loads, extra loads 3. The effects of use of technical materials - history, classical building materials 4. The effects of use of technical materials - modern building materials, intelligent materials 5. Natural structures - size and growth; mobile systems, membrane systems 6. natural structures - skeleton systems, natural materials, analogy in architecture 7. Lessons learned from primitive and folklore architecture 8. Lessons learned from historical civil engineering and architecture 9. Lessons learned from failures - examples of failures and accidents I 10. Lessons learned from failures - examples of failures and accidents II 11. The principles of the optimum design of structures - the basic principles 12. The principles of the optimum design of structures - the connection with sustainability of life 13. Workshop - analysis of homeworks 14. Workshop - analysis of homeworks

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monological explanation (lecture, presentation,briefing), Dialogue metods(conversation,discussion,brainstorming)
  • Class attendance - 28 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 28 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Basics of creating structures in relation to form and shape. Principles of optimal and harmonious design of structures, learning from structures and shapes in nature, in folk and historical architecture, and taking into account the physical laws determining the shape. Examples of failures and errors to learn about a good practice. Decisive non-artistic influences that predetermine the shape of a structure and work, especially the load, environmental and material effects. 1. Introduction to the philosophy of structures design, revision of terms of elasticity and stiffness 2. Effects of gravity loads, climatic effects, payloads, extraordinary loads 3. Effects of using technical materials of history, classical building materials 4. Effects of using modern building materials, intelligent materials 5. Natural structures, size and growth, moving systems, membrane systems 6. Natural structures, skeletal systems, natural materials, analogy in architecture 7. Lessons learned from primitive and folk architecture 8. Lessons learned from historical building and architecture 9. Lessons learned from failures, examples of failures and accidents I 10. Lessons learned from failures, examples of failures and accidents II 11. Rules of optimal design of structures basic principles 12. Rules of optimal design of structures related to the sustainability of life 13. Seminar homework analysis 14. Seminar homework analysis
Acquired principles of structural creation with respect to non-artistic influences and constraints, sustainable development and optimum exploitation of resources.
Prerequisites
Initial knowledge: the basics of mechanics and elasticity and strength

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam, Written exam

Requirements for a credit with a grade: - attendance at lectures and workshops - a homework - preparation of an analysis of the form of a real object - analysis of the form of a natural or technical object - a test to verify knowledge
Recommended literature
  • Building Materials.
  • Feld, J., Carper, K.L. Construction Failure.
  • Gordon, J.E. Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down.
  • Gordon, J.E. The New Science of Strong Materials or Why You Don't Fall through the Floor.
  • Oliver, P. Dwellings.


Study plans that include the course
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