Baker, Khan and the SOM Tradition of Structural Art in Buildings

Description: Themes: Second Chicago School: Myron Goldsmith, Bruce Graham, and Fazlur Khan; Collaboration in tall building design at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill; Khan's evolution of form for steel tall buildings.

Learning Objectives: Students should be able to: Describe the evolution of tall building design; Examine creative engineering given large 'constraints' (Bill Baker and the Broadgate Exchange House; Fazlur Khan and the Hajj Terminal; Fazlur Khan and the John Hancock Center; Fazlur Khan and the Willis Tower) Discuss some scientific, social, and symbolic aspects of the John Hancock Center; Discuss some scientific, social, and symbolic aspects of the Willis Tower; Describe how the shape of Burj Khalifa is influenced by the effect of wind

Keywords steel, Khan, W. Baker, buttressed core, wind loads, vortex shedding, buckling, Burj Khalifa, Willis Tower, Hancock Center

Categories: Structural EngineeringPrinceton University, Buildings

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