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Jeremy James  Williams  –  640005                                                                                                            Task:  Studio  Journal  

Week 1  –  Studio  Journal     The  Lecture  and  tutorial  during  week  1  provided  an  overview  of  the  course,  topics  that  will  be  covered  and  assignments  that  counts   towards  a  final  grade.  The  first  tutorial  saw  students  be  split  into  groups  to  undergo  a  ‘Mass  Challenge’,  where  students  were  asked  to   build  a  roofed  structure  out  of  bricks  that  are  tall  enough  to  house  a  toy-­‐figurine.     As  the  dome  was  built  upwards,     it  became  more  apparent  that   The  structure  that   the  walls  would  not  support  the   my  group   weight  of  the  structure.  In-­‐ attempted  to  build   order  to  make  the  walls  more   was  a  dome-­‐like   secure  each  layer  of  wooden   structure  that   blocks  was  built  over  the  ‘crack’   initiated  as  two   in-­‐between  the  blocks  of  the   separate  walls,   layer  below  (as  demonstrated   which  would   by  the  sketch).  However,  a   eventually   supporting  structure  was  still   converge  as  the   needed  and  a  beam  was   dome  was  built   discussed  and  eventually   upwards.  The  dome   dismissed.  The  beam  could  not   is  constructed  as  a   be  built  in  such  a  way  that  the   semi-­‐circle  with  the   shear  of  the  beam  is  kept  to  a   bricks  converging   minimum,  hence  meaning  that   as  the  structure   there  was  no  sure  way  to   was  built  skyward.   prevent  the  beam  from   breaking.  Eventually,  a  pillar   was  erected  in-­‐between  the   archway  to  prevent  it  from     collapsing.    


Jeremy James  Williams  –  640005                                                                                                            Task:  Studio  Journal  

Two other  ways  of  approaching  the  ‘Mass  challenge’  task  include  constructing  a  cylindrical  tower  and  a  rectangular  building  (figure  4).         By  building  the  structure  as  a  tall-­‐cylindrical  tower,  height  was  achieved.     However,  it  was  shown  that  approximately  20%  of  the  bricks  used  were  not     constructively  relevant,  in  the  sense  that  the  bricks  were  not  physically  taking     on  any  load.  As  the  tower  got  above  approximately  4  feet  tall,  it  was  advised  to     start  building  with  the  bricks  lengthwise  in-­‐order  to  prevent  the  tower  from     collapsing  inwards.  If  you  take  two  pieces  of  a  material,  for  example  lumber,     with  the  exact  same  dimensions  and  lay  one  piece  of  lumber  lengthwise  and  the     other  widthwise,  the  piece  of  lumber  placed  lengthwise  will  have  less  shear     when  a  load  is  applied  (depicted  by  attached  sketch).                                      


Jeremy James  Williams  –  640005                                                                                                            Task:  Studio  Journal  

By building  the  structure  as  a  rectangular  building,  height  was  forfeited  for  structural   stability.  The  rectangular  building  allowed  the  load  to  go  directly  through  the  middle  of  the   building,  ensuring  that  it  won’t  topple  over.  This  was  demonstrated  through  placing  weight  on   top  of  the  structure.  Theoretically,  the  structure  could  support  the  weight  of    larger  objects   without  toppling  over.       The  ‘Mass  Challenge’  gave  a  basic  understanding  of  the  different  structural  techniques  used  to   design  and  construct  buildings  as  well  as  demonstrating  first  hand  the  difficulties  faced  when   constructing  a  building,  encompassing  the  structural  stability  of  a  building,  the  shear  of  a   beam  and  the  use  of  pillars.  

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