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AUBURN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS “DECONSTRUCT CONSTRUCTION” Students from the Auburn University College of Architecture, Design and Construction help to write the newest textbook in building science AUBURN, Ala. –The textbook “Deconstructing Construction,” is the latest achievement of Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction, and seeks to answer the question of who built the iconic structures of the world and how were they constructed? Linda Ruth, associate professor in Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction’s McWhorter School of Building Science, was searching for a textbook to use in her freshman level class, History and Introduction to Construction. “I realized that there was no textbook that focused on how architecturally significant buildings were constructed,” said Ruth. In order to create a textbook that investigated the construction of architecturally significant buildings Ruth and her Deconstructing Construction class went on a study-abroad trip through western Europe and Egypt. The Deconstructing Construction class was composed of 17 senior-level building science students and one graduate student. Every student was assigned a different structure which they were responsible for researching and becoming an expert on its construction prior to the trip abroad. The students were also responsible for understanding and explaining the design and construction of their respective structures using modern technology and formats. The structures represented in the textbook include the Colosseum, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Great Pyramids.
Ruth recruited Ross Heck, professor of graphic design with the Department of Industrial Design, Michael Hein, professor of building science and Paul Holley, associate professor of building science, to help with the creation of the textbook.
Students from the Auburn University College of Architecture, Design and Construction help to write the newest textbook in building science