Structure defines form and space and supports gravity, lateral, and thermal loads. The course introduces the four S’s required for architectural structures: Synergy, Strength, Stiffness, and Stability. Synergy, a system greater the sum of its parts, reinforces architectural objectives; strength resists breaking; stiffness resists deformation; and stability resists collapse. Structures must also resist bending, shear, tension, compression, thermal stress and strain. Learn the historic evolution, material, and system of structures, as well as the basic design and analysis tools for conceptual design.
Prerequisites: PHYS 125 and MATH 108.
Required text: Structure and Design: https://titles.cognella.com/structure-and-design.html/
Detailed information is also posted at http://www.usc.edu/structures/.