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WEEK 1 Construction Overview  

Key idea-----how the design ideas get translated into the built form Learning ways: o Experimentation o Observation o critique What is responsible? 1. structural principles----the way that the buildings are supported how loads are transported to the ground 2. materials 3. cranes & labour 4. basic science & engineering principles (tension compression, bending torsion & standard construction techniques)

Materials Introduction     

strength: weak/strong stiffness: stiff/flexible/stretchy/floppy shape: mono-dimensional(linear)/bi-dimensional(planar)/tridimensional(volumetric) material behaviours: isotropic/anisotropic sustainability & economy

Melbourne’s bluestone (basalt—from volcano) Lane:   

wheel ruts water damage & impact damage from trucks stiletto heels damage

Flinder Street: 

modern bluestone damaged by modern vehicles

Sydney-----sandstone Perth----clay for bricks & limestone

Basic Structural Forces A FORCE is any influence that produces a change in the shape or movement of a body


Ching ‘Building Construction Illustrated’ – Page 2.11

-Tension forces stretch and elongate the material When an external load pulls on a structural member, the particles composing the material move apart and undergo tension.

Lecturer: Clare Newton

-COMPRESSION FORCES produce the opposite effect of a tension force When an external load pushes on a structural member, the particles of the material compact together.


Lecturer: Clare Newton

Load Path Diagrams The applied loads have a reaction which means that the whole structure is stable.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y__V15j3IX4&feature=youtu.be

TUTORIAL ACTIVITY—BUILD A TOWER AS TALL AS POSSIBLE At first, we made a square foundation, leaving a half-brick space between each bricks.

Then, to build a closed tower, we make the square into a circle.


At last, we decided to make a gate, so we put the bricks one by one as close as possible to avoid the tower being damaged. Not very stable and beautiful is the gate…

SUMMARY: we need to plan well before we build something because not any time we can succeed by accident like this. We didn’t mean to turn the square foundation into a circle…only because we want a closed tower during the constructing. Therefore, our tower didn’t have a particular style and a beautiful looking, although we call it abstract by ourselves. Also we didn’t need to build a gate. A much easier way is just pulling some bricks out after we build a stable tower.


Week 2 Key terms      

Structural joint Stability Tension Frame Bracing Column

CHING: 02 the building (2.02_2.04) BUILDING SYSTEM 

Structural system  the superstructure-----the vertical extension of a building above the foundation  columns, beams, and loadbearing walls support floor and roof structures  the substructures----the underlying structure forming the foundation of a building. Enclosure system o Shelter interior spaces o Dampen noise and provide security & privacy o Doors provide physical access o Windows provide access to light, air and views o Interior walls subdivide the interior of a building into spatial units Mechanical system  The water supply ----human consumption and sanitation  The sewage disposal system  Heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems  The electrical system  Vertical transportation systems  Fire-fighting systems  Recycling systems

Factors should be taken into consideration      

Performance requirements Aethelic qualities Regulatory constraints Economic consideration Environmental impact Construction practice


ESD and SELECTING MATERIALS


CONSTUCTION JOINTS ROLLER JOINTS Transfer loads only in one direction

PIN JOINTS

FIXED JOINTS


STUDIO TASK “FRAME”


Week 1&2