Architectural Structures (ARCH241) 2014
Prof. Pieter Sijpkes
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Last Year's Exam

Building Materials and Assemblies

Understanding of the basic principles utilized in the appropriate selection of construction materials, products, components, and assemblies, based on their inherent characteristics and performance.

 Understanding and being able to analyze and predict the basic behaviour of structures over time under various inherent (dead) and applied (live) loads !

Auguste Perret: (

"One must never allow into a building any element destined solely for ornament, but rather turn to ornament all the parts necessary for its support."

"Construction is the architect's mother tongue; the architect is a poet who thinks and speaks in construction."

— Auguste Perret. from Peter Collins. Concrete: The Vision of a New Architecture, A Study of Auguste Perret and his Precursors. p199.

Viollet le-Duc: (27 January 1814 – 17 September 1879)

“The extent to which buildings are beautiful is
the extent to which the special problem each confronted was solved in an optimal way."
from JSTOR:

The Hennebique Archives: Toward a New Corpus for Contemporary Architectural History
Gilles Ragot
The American Archivist

Vol. 59, No. 2, Special Issue on Architecture (Spring, 1996), pp. 214-220

"My own recent research into the definition of the Modern Movement in France between 1920
and 1940 shows that the history of this pivotal period in architecture has been presented
for the past half-century with reference to fewer than 250 buildings of all types for all of
France. However, during this time, more than twelve thousand building permits were
granted for the city of Paris alone! This corpus of 250 buildings is not the result of a
systematic selection that would confer legitimacy and relevance, but reflects the cliquishness
and Parisian mind-set of the journals of the period, chance discovery, and selective
research into the work of architects championed by the media. Would we venture today
to assess automobile design and markets in the 1990s solely on the basis of Formula I
racing cars?" This is approximately the method that has been adopted for decades by architectural

an 'efficient structure' does not necessarily make for efficient architecture 

another example of extreme complexity

and another one, McGill's own:

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