How Buildings Work: Understanding Buildings

This is a complete architectural course about how buildings work and the system of Buildings. This course is based on a course that is required for architectural students in a number of architectural universities in the United States, Canada, and many European countries.

This course is also based on the same book used in many of these universities by Esmond Reid. This course is intended to be the most useful tool for developing intuition in architectural engineering for architects, engineers, and builders alike.

Part1: Structure

Introduction about Structure; Understanding Architectural Structural Support

This is an introduction about the basic of architectural structural support.

Understanding Architectural Structural Support

A) The Architecture of Compression

This tutorial discuses how materials resit load, and the need for stability: columns, arch, domes, and the vault.

B) Beams and Frames

This course explains the the theory of beam, modern structure at domestic scale,increasing the building scale laterally and vertically.

c) Beams and Frames

Suspension and surface structures.

Part2: Enclosure

Introduction

A) The "small" house enclosure

This part disuses small house structural integrity and thermal performance. How water exclusion and daylighting, views, and ventilation work in small house system. Also, access, security, and pollution exclusion, cost, durability, and maintenance, appearance issues are discussed.

A) Large Buildings enclosure

As in small houses system, this part disuses larger buildings structural integrity and thermal performance. It also explains how water exclusion and daylighting, views, and ventilation work in larger buildings systems. Also, access, security, and pollution exclusion, cost, durability, and maintenance, appearance issues are discussed.

Part 3. Climate Services

Part 4. Utility Services

Part 5. Lighting

Part 6. Acoustics

Part 7. Fire Safety

Course discussion and practice questions (with MAIA, architect Rumindo Buinaca)