Professor Montgomery

Author: Jonathanrt10


The relationships between structure, material, and design are important to me because it comes down to how is one go about making a good performing structure while also making the building look aesthetically pleasing with construction materials. Achieving this tells us that one knows the characteristics of the materials and how they work well with each other in a structural system. I would implement this into design studio by taking into account all the qualities of a material and their functionality with other materials, and see how good they would work together in a system.

Reading 5 and 6

I think that the variety of materials we can use in systems is very helpful and can be used for any situation. For instance, steel can be coated to be resistive against corrosion  when left exposed giving the structural steel framing another purpose. The use of brick to make the appearance of the building look good and also prevent water from entering the building  and I also appreciate how you can use them in different types of bonds to create patterns with the bricks.

Reading 4

It is important to understand the way exterior walls are constructed because it can help us design good performing walls, where the wall system keeps the water outside the building, and help keep the interior temperature inside. It is also important because it we can get a better understanding on how water effects the performance of the building like how it deals with water, the transferring of loads, and maintains interior temperature. There is complexity with the different components in the wall system because all the members of the system as an important role, for instance the lintel has to distribute the compressive loads into the sides of the opening such as a window or door its above.

Reading 3

Masonry is an appealing material in architecture because it is a reusable construction material since there is a finite source of it, masonry is also qualifies as a fire resistive material that can be used in varieties of construction. It is also appealing because of way it can handle compressive forces when used as columns. Masonry can be used as many different types of structural members such as lintels, columns, and concrete walls. Masonry can be used in a variety of ways and its appearance also influences where they are used in.

Reading 2

How I will implement egress into my design work, would be making it easy for the occupants to locate the emergency exit and having the path way to safety simple and fire resistive as possible for everyone to come out. The important elements that consist in a safe egress would be ventilation in the staircase have enough fresh air during a fire, signs and making it visible for everyone, have the walls of that incase the staircase fire proof and built with fire resistive materials like cmu, and having an exit discharge so people would be able to safely exit the building into a refugee area or public space.

Learn from Text

How you know you’ve learned from a reading is when you’re able to recall and idea that has been talked about and give supporting evidence about it. The way to find out if you’ve really digested the key information would be to re-read the section and to identify if what you thought was the main key is still the same.

Reflection: Concept Map

In my opinion, the importance of the concept map for us during this course will help us clearly see the most important concepts that certain pages of a reading were focusing on. I believe it would be a very effect and useful technique to learn and to use any where it is applicable.