Design-oriented approach to teach structures in architecture based on graphic statics

Enrique L., Tanadini D., Block P. and Schwartz J.
Proceedings of the 2018 IASS Symposium

During the last decade, a few academic institutions have reintroduced in the academic curriculum Graphic Statics, a method for structural design developed during the XIXth century, to teach structures to students in architecture. A question that is currently receiving a great attention is how to teach Graphic Statics in a way that allows the students taking advantage of its potential in the development of structural concepts that enrich architectural design. This paper presents a design-oriented teaching approach based on Graphic Statics, which has been recently tested in a design project of a mater course at the ETH Zurich.


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