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Science of Architecture, The (8 Parts)

Synopsis
NB. THIS SERIES IS OUT OF DISTRIBUTION

Series illustrating our relationship to structures, both natural and human-made. Explores various building structures, focusing on their roots, history of development, strength and the ability of support loads.
1: Defines building loads as the main forces a structure must resist in order to remain standing. Also explains the distinction between ‘live’ and ‘dead’ loads.
2: Looks at the forces that pull down structures (compression, tension, torsion and bending) and how they affect buildings and even airplanes, furniture, beams and columns. Defines stress and strain.
3: Explores the history, use and basic principles of beams, trusses and space frames. Shows how the use of triangles in design allows structures to carry great loads.
4: Chronicles how humans over the last 4000 years have tried to solve the problem of constructing walls that will not fall down. Compares the building principles used to construct ancient and modern buildings and examines the cantilever.
5: Examines different kinds of arches, from monolithic to hinged, and shows applications. Also investigates the uses of domes and vaults.
6: Shows how humans have tried to copy the structural strengths of the eggshell in some innovative buildings and looks at the close relationship between the shell and the lattice-type dome, which combines characteristics of both structures.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Year of production
1988
Availability
Sale
Uses
GCSE, A-level.
Subjects
Architecture; Engineering
Keywords
architectural design; buildings; construction engineering; history of architecture; strain measurement; stress in materials; structural components; structural engineering

Credits

Cast
Don Westwood 

Sections

Title
Loads: dead or alive
Synopsis
1: Defines building loads as the main forces a structure must resist in order to remain standing. Also explains the distinction between 'live' and 'dead' loads.

Title
Push and pull
Synopsis
2: Looks at the forces that pull down structures (compression, tension, torsion and bending) and how they affect buildings and even airplanes, furniture, beams and columns. Defines stress and strain.

Title
Trust those triangles
Synopsis
3: Explores the history, use and basic principles of beams, trusses and space frames. Shows how the use of triangles in design allows structures to carry great loads.

Title
Where’s the thrust line?
Synopsis
4: Chronicles how humans over the last 4000 years have tried to solve the problem of constructing walls that will not fall down. Compares the building principles used to construct ancient and modern buildings and examines the cantilever.

Title
Triumphant arches
Synopsis
5: Examines different kinds of arches, from monolithic to hinged, and shows applications. Also investigates the uses of domes and vaults.

Title
Shell, The
Synopsis
6: Shows how humans have tried to copy the structural strengths of the eggshell in some innovative buildings and looks at the close relationship between the shell and the lattice-type dome, which combines characteristics of both structures.

Title
Suspension of disbelief, The

Title
How high is up?

Production Company

Name

TV Ontario

Web
http://www.tvo.org External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 416 484 2886
Fax
+1 416 484 2896
Address
Box 200
Station Q
Toronto
Ontario
M4T 2T1
Canada

Distributor

Name

Viewtech Educational Media

Notes
NB. Viewtech ceased trading in 2014 and the company’s products are no longer in distribution

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