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2019 Summer
CEE 463R / GLS 463   na, npdf

A Social and Multi-Dimensional Exploration of Structures

Sigrid M. Adriaenssens
Maria E. Garlock
Branko Glisic


The aim of this course is to track and understand the structural and architectural engineering leadership of Italy in the context of social-political-economic circumstances. The course studies various structures of Italy in three distinct time frames: creativity in structural and architectural engineering during the classical and medieval period, vaulted reinforced concrete structures of the 1900s, and modern times of lightweight structures and advanced technologies. In all parts of the course, calculations are made to examine the structural integrity. Construction methods are discussed and an evaluation of elegance is made.

Sample reading list:
Billington, D.P., The Tower and the Bridge:The New Art of Structural Engineer
Billington, D.P., Thin Shell-Concrete Structures
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Required readings will be given from various sources as pdfs. See detailed syllabus.The course is divided into three parts, each taught by a different instructor. Assignments include problem sets and a design project.

Design Project - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Problem set(s) - 50%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other Requirements:
International Travel Required
Open to CEE Concentrators Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
PreReqs CEE 205 and CEE 312..

Other information:
Students should plan to arrive in Rome on Saturday, June 29, 2019 and fly home on Saturday, August 10, 2019. "Precept participation" includes effort and attendance in CEE463R lectures/studios and the Italian classes (three days per week) and drawing classes (once a week). "Other" refers to a sketchbook, which will be evaluated based on effort.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
10052 L01 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:20
10053 U01 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:20