Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: UG. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Architecture; Technology. Language of instruction: The course might be given in English. VSMN15 overlaps following cours/es: AFO280. Optional for: A4, V4ko. Course coordinator: Professor Göran Sandberg, and Professor Christer Malmström,, Structural Mechanics. Prerequisites: V: VSMN30 The Finite Element Method - Structural Analysis or FHL064 The Finite Element Method or VSMF05 Engineering Modelling: Analysis of Structures. A: Bachelor of Science in Architechture. The course might be cancelled if the number 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 assumes balance between the number of architect and engineering students. 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 starts with a series of lectures and discussions about structural 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 design 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.