With summer rapidly ...

Last summer, I was asked to teach a course in reinforced concrete bridge design as part of the UW Professional and Continuing Education program.  Having taught concrete design many times before, I thought “no big deal”.  I was surprised to learn that the course was to be delivered in...

Spaghetti and String

Written by Assistant Professor Tyler Sprague As we wind down the quarter in ARCH324, students once again took part in the (now) annual tradition of building small-scale prototype structures, out of spaghetti and string. The hot gluing of tiny sticks on cardboard platforms becomes a useful...

Structures in the Su...

This summer a few ambitious students took part in ARCH521: Structural System Design.  In the relaxed, cavernous summer atmosphere of Gould Hall, our small class was able to embark on a wide-ranging investigation of the technical and creative aspects of structure in architecture.  Our course...

Hyperbolic Paraboloi...

Thin-shell construction was a signature of the late modernist movement in architecture.  Light and efficient, this construction type was embraced by architects and engineers alike, as a means to minimize construction materials and increase structural performance while obtaining a dramatic...

The Bricks of Chandi...

While reinforced concrete was widely used for Le Corbusier’s Capitol buildings – the studied and theorized ‘beton brut’, – on the streets of Chandigarh, a red clay brick sets the architectural texture and tone for the city.  The utility material of the city, brick is used...