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Princeton University

Structures and the Urban Environment

Instructor(s): Professor Maria Garlock and Professor David P. Billington

Description: The course focuses on structural engineering as a new art form begun during the Industrial Revolution and flourishing today in long-span bridges, thin sheet concrete vaults, and tall buildings. Through critical analysis of major works students are introduced to the methods of evaluating structures as an art form. Students study the works and ideas of individual structural artists through their elementary calculations, their builder's mentality and their aesthetic imagination. Students examine contemporary exemplars that are essential to the understanding of 21st century structuring of cities with illustrations taken from various cities.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst / Johns Hopkins University

Perspectives on the Evolution of Structures

Instructor(s): Professor David P. Billington, Professor Sanjay R. Arwade, and Professor Ben W. Schafer

Description: Perspectives on the Evolution of Structures is a study of the history of structural design to demonstrate to students the discipline of structural art and to give them the tools necessary to evaluate structures as works of structural art.

The course covers structures from the Industrial Revolution to modern times with a focus on long span bridges and tall buildings. Our most ambitious objective for the students was that they be able to research the social, symbolic and scientific aspects of structures in the world around them and express their findings clearly in both written, graphical, and spoken form.

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Virginia Tech

Introduction to Civil Engineering

Instructor: Professor Cristopher D. Moen

Description: Emphasis in civil engineering education is on fundamental principles of science and mathematics and their application to solving human problems. But civil engineering activities interact in many ways with the natural and social environments within which they take place. Accordingly, the civil engineering program strives to create an awareness of the ecological, social, economic, and political context of engineering and attempts to prepare the civil engineer for the necessary interactions with other professions and the public. An effort to instill an understanding of the role of the civil engineer in satisfying total societal needs is an integral part of the civil engineering program.

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