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DOI

https://doi.org/10.7275/b8ja-3p85

Abstract

Engaging structures as impetus for architectural design, this paper examines the implementation of an approach to precedent analysis -- the ISA -- within an architectural structures course. As a means to graft the knowledge digested into familiar design languages, this pedagogy frames the precedent work in three perspectives: First, an understanding of the designers’ intent through assigned readings, essays, and in-class discussions; Second, computational modeling of structural components utilizing Revit’s Adaptive Families; and finally, a comparative analysis of the impact of formal variations on the structural efficacy through diagramming load-path and lateral resistance. Selected for their passion regarding structural logic, the semester spans a wide breadth of structural considerations through three paramount engineers; Eugene Viollet-le- Duc, Eladio Dieste, and Peter Rice. Aiming to develop a strong relationship between structural logic and architectural design decisions, the ISA approach weaves an understanding of the designers Intent ( I ) through the readings, Skills learning ( S ) within Autodesk Revit, and Analysis ( A ) documented in diagrams.

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