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Constructing Environments week 8 Journal entry. Jordan Stones (640811) This week in the tute we focused on navigating through and understanding site sections as they appear on architectural drawings. The task at hand involved analysing multiple sections of a building (our group focused on the School of Land and Environment), and adapting them to a life like (1:1) scale. The photo at left depicts the top section of the building that I myself focused on. The section at right is the 1:5 scale section that I worked off. This scale is already adequately detailed, but still too small for an A1 paper size. The picture at lower right shows the section at an even smaller scale; as a result, giving a clearer understanding that the section is actually a roof. Below is a 1:1 scaled specific area of the drawing, focusing on the joint between the concrete wall and the insulation filled corner roof section. I believe that this is a steel plate component that rigidifies the different materials coming together. This particular element is also partially load bearing, as the window that faces the building is attached to it.


Composition: The materials in this section are as follows. Steel purlins (1), Opaque glass (2), Insulation (3), Concrete walls (4), Steel gutters (5), kliplock roof sheeting (6) parapet capping (7) and plaster board (8).

Pros and Cons: The pros of the section include a clear and concise representation of the roofing edge. The section displays all the elements clearly, but not too simply. Cons include non-exact references at times. For instance, some sections the plans say “to engineers details�, , so perhaps some measurements may only be approximate.

Things that could go wrong: In this type of detail, things could go wrong, because some measurements are only approximations, and when it comes time to connect different member some may not fit, or may be too big. Furthermore, if the actual measurement requirements are not standard then members that fit may be hard to acquire.

Interrogation: The detailing of this section is fairly stock standard. Decisions look to have been made with a mostly utilitarian focus in mind, but as far as I can tell no real shortcuts have been taken in terms of material choice and placement. Sustainability: All elements in the section probably wouldn’t be considered as environmentally friendly or sustainable. There is no timber in the section, and most materials (glass, concrete, foam, steel) are extracted from nonrenewable sources. The long lasting nature of these materials however, may offset their environmental impact somewhat. Economic implications: The utilitarian construction of this particular section may be relatively cheap, but some longevity may be sacrificed that could cause further expenses in the future. For instance, the parapet capping looks fairly fragile in this picture. So cheap now, expensive later.

Building process: I believe that the load bearing elements of the section would be placed first, them being the concrete walls. Next I believe the steel beam would be put in place and fixed to the concrete beam through other members. After that insulation would be placed in-between materials, followed by the roof sheeting and glass facing. Finally, the parapet capping would be applied to ensure water resistance.

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