The Metallic Language of the Pompidou Centre In their modern form, as structural ‘skeleton’ for a building, steel frames achieved great prevalence in twentieth-century architecture, a position they continue to hold today. A quick reading […]
Cable Systems: Untangling the tension behind Cable Structures A cable structure is a type of structure that utilizes tensioned cables to support or transmit the major loads of the structure. In conventional structures, concrete columns […]
Types and Geometries of an Arch An arch is a curved structure for spanning an opening and designed to support a vertical load primarily by axial compression. A Masonry Arch is an arch constructed of individual stone […]
Construction is the art, science, or business of building. The process of building, from site preparation through erection, assembly, and finishing operations. The manner in which materials are ordered, assembled, and united into a whole, […]
Framing plan is a plan showing the pattern, elements, and connections of the structural frame for a floor or roof of a building, using a system of symbols and drafting line-work.
“In the course of this year, the Sun will shine down onto the Earth four thousand times more energy than we will consume. By duly collecting the solar radiation, we can obtain heat and electricity. Heat is produced by heat collectors, and electricity, by means of photovoltaic surfaces.”
Elliptical arch is an arch whose curve is formed from half of an ellipse -a regular oval shape formed by the intersection of a cone by a plane.
Reflected ceiling plan, or simply reflected plan is a plan of a room as seen from above but having its ceiling surfaces and elements projected downward upon it so that what would appear to the […]
A hidden-frame curtain wall is a type of glass curtain wall where the glass panes are set into a regular steel frame in a way that largely obscures the frame. imege: Renzo Piano’s Shard
Diagonal braces are angled members which create a system of triangles to provide additional bracing to a rectilinear structure. The addition of diagonal members to a steel-framed structure is known as ‘triangulation’. image: ‘The Gherkin’ […]
Equilateral arch is an arch formed by two intersecting curves, the centres of which are at the opposing imposts. The chords of each curve are equal to the arch span.
The abutment is a wall or pier built to withstand an arch’s lateral thrust.