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Week 2 E-learning: Lessons from nature Note: Sometimes examples from nature are translated directly in to the built environment and we call this bio-mimicry.

(Ref: LMS of Constructing Environments 2013 n.p University of Melbourne)

Lecture Note: Referencing Structural Systems from Natural and Manmade systems Gravity—vertical forces Wind Water Seismic—lateral forces Think an object into architecture. For example: table can be think to large roof or floor. Animal architecture: bats, honeycomb, the rib structures. Plant architecture Non architectural manmade structures


Tutorial ProgramďźšBuild a tower as high as possible use balsa wood in group.

(Step 1) (Step 2) First, we cut the balsa wood in a half and stick it in triangle shape because we think it can help the tower to be stable. Then we put three triangles on three sides of the base and make a small triangle to connect the three top together.

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(Step 6) (Step 7) (Step 8) We stick the balsa wood vertically on the three points of small triangle because we want to make it high. Then we use short balsa wood to connect them to make it stable. Also, we stick the balsa wood on the side of it across the corner to reinforce it. At last, we make a small top for our tower. After we destroy our tower, we found that the most stable part is the triangle base and it can sustain high gravity. We put two IPads on it and it didn’t collapse.

Consructing Environments Week 2 Journal  

Consructing Environments ENVS 10003 Week 2 Journal The University of Melbourne Yilin Wang

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