Syllabus academic year 2007/2008

Higher education credits: 6. Grading scale: UG. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course might be given in English. Optional for: A4, V4hb, V4sa. Course coordinator: Professor Göran Sandberg, och Professor Abelardo Gonzalez,, Byggnadsmekanik. Prerequisites: For engineering students: VSM040 The finite element method or FHL064 The finite element method and 16 additional hp advanced courses within the areas Solid mechanics, Mechanics, Structural engineering or Applied mathematics. The course might be cancelled if the numer of applicants is less than 10. Assessment: Assesment of project work. In the final project, engineering and architectural students work together in close cooperation. The project is presented at a seminar. To pass, the student must have participated in 75% of the teaching activities and the presentation must consist of a qualitative discussion that leads to a project proposal. Further information: The course is given by the Divisions of Applied Aesthetics and Structural Mechanics and presumes equal number of architect and engineering students. It is anchored in a national group of architects and engineers at the Centre for Research in Structural Design. Home page:

The aim of the course is to establish a common frame of concepts relating to structures, optimisation and architectural expressions, in the interaction between engineers and architects in the final part of their studies.

Further, the aim of the course is to show that structural mechanics concepts and architectural expressions are related by our way of understanding, one by a natural science organization, the other by intuitive understanding.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

For architectural students:

For engineering students:

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The course is initiated with a series of lectures and discussions about structural mechanics concepts and a general description of the relation between structural mechanics/engineering and architecture. Further, structural elements are discussed, as well as how these contribute to give different expressions and how the structural mechanics concepts vary with the expression.

The course is organized as a project course where both architectural students and engineering students contribute with their own future field of expertise. The projects are defined so that spatial qualities meet structural challenges. The literature constitutes a foundation for discussion in seminars concerning the interfacing and negotiation of spatial expression and structural design.

1. Finding Form; Towards an Architecture of the Minimal, Frei Otto, Bodo Rasch, ISBN 3-930698-66-8.
2. Engineering a New Architecture, Tony Robbin, ISBN 0-300-06116-1.
3. Structural Principles, Engel, ISBN: 0138540195.
4. New Architecture and Technology, Gyula Sebestyen, ISBN 0-7506-5164-4.
5. The Art of the Structural Engineer, Bill Addis, ISBN 1-874056-41-2.
6. Manuals for Solid Works.