Structures in Architecture
- Roberto Guidotti
Roofing a square
The purpose of a building’s load-bearing structure is not just to support loads and resist forces: its presence also defines space, voids and solids, light and shade. As such, it is therefore a generator of architecture. During the course several more or less recent examples will be discussed to show the importance of a dialogue between engineer and architect in designing a work where the structure and architecture act in sync. By analysing a roof with a square plan, the students will isolate the load-bearing structure to describe how the different components are combined. Then they will deal directly with the structure’s ability to create architecture through the illumination of a scale model of the roof chosen.
Tasks during the semester and oral final exam.