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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 4.463 (Fall 2002) 
  • Course Title:
  • Building Technologies III: Building Structural Systems II 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Architecture 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. John Ochsendorf 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 4.463 / 4.442 Building Technologies III: Building Structural Systems II

    Fall 2002

    Course Highlights

    This is the second of two semesters of graduate structures courses for architects.  This class goes beyond 4.462 to broaden the student's understanding of structures as integral to the overall design of the project.  This course includes lecture notes on specific materials and their properties.

    Course Description

    This course addresses advanced topics in structures, exterior envelopes and contemporary production technologies. It continues the exploration of structural elements and systems; expanding to include more complex determinant, indeterminate, long-span and high-rise systems. Some of the topics covered include reinforced concrete, steel and engineered wood design, and an introduction to tensile systems. The contemporary exterior envelope is discussed with an emphasis on the classification of systems, their performance attributes and advanced manufacturing technologies. This course is the second of two graduate structures courses, the first of which is 4.462. They offer an expanded version of the content presented in the undergraduate course, 4.440.

    *Some translations represent previous versions of courses.


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