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Semester 1

Structure and Architecture: The Birth of the Design Team (ARHI10019)


Architectural History





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Visiting students must have completed at least 3 Architecture, Architectural History and/or History of Art courses, at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. **Please note that Architectural History courses have extremely limited spaces available, and are very popular, so students cannot be guaranteed a space in any Architectural History course.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the Architecture department directly to request additional spaces.

Course Summary

The course surveys the relationship between structural engineering and architecture from the beginning of the Modern period, up to the present day. Specific themes which are covered are the relationship between structural form and structural performance, the types of relationships which have existed between architects and engineers, the different philosophical approaches which are possible to the relationship between structural design and architectural design, the engineer as designer and constructor, and the public perception of engineering. Included in the course are critical appraisals of the Sydney Opera House (Utzon), the Centre Pompidou, Paris (Piano and Rogers), the Lloyd's Headquarters building, London (Rogers), the 'Gherkin', London (Foster), the Riverside Museum, Glasgow (Hadid), the CCTV Headquarters, Beijing (Koolhaas) and the Bloomberg Headquarters, London (Foster). The influence of structural design on the development of sustainable architecture is an integral part of the course.

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Assessment Information

Written Exam 50%, Coursework 50%, Practical Exam 0%

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