Building Technology I: Materials and Construction


Buckminster Fuller's Biosphere in Montreal, Quebec. (Image courtesy of Nicolas Janberg of Structurae.)


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Fall 2004



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Course Highlights

This course features a unique interactive learning tool that explains structures and structural forces.

Course Description

This course offers an introduction to the history, theory, and construction of basic structural systems as well as an introduction to energy issues in buildings. It emphasizes basic systematic and elemental behavior, principles of structural behavior, and analysis of individual structural elements and strategies for load carrying. The course also introduces fundamental energy topics including thermodynamics, psychrometrics, and comfort. It is a required class for M. Arch. students.

John Fernandez. 4.461 Building Technology I: Materials and Construction, Fall 2004. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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