4.461 Building Technology I: Materials and Construction

As taught in: Fall 2004


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




Prof. John Fernandez

Course Features

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.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .jar.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.