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Introduction to Building Structures and Architectural Forms

Learn about architectural forms, effects of natural disasters on buildings & mega-structures in this free online course.

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This free online course on Introduction to Building Structures and Architectural Forms will teach you about the damaging effects of Earthquakes, Floods, and Speedy Winds on buildings with different structures. You will learn about the relationship between structure and architecture, how they relate from the past and present times. This course will give you an understanding of the structure of buildings and their history, so get started today.
  • Duration

    4-5 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

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This free online course on Introduction to Building Structures and Architectural Forms will teach you about how structure and architectural forms are affected due to natural disasters, and the techniques available for preventing damage. This course also discusses the evolution of high-rise structural systems as well as structural elements and its mechanism.

This course begins by introducing you to structure and architectural forms. Nature can have a devastating effect on structures through flooding, Earthquakes, and speedy winds. You will learn about cost effective structures, reducing cost of construction and how to use local materials without compromising quality. You will learn about how visual experiences and moods can be provoked by daylight and artificial light. Furthermore, you will learn about the evolution of high-rise buildings, their exterior and interior structures and the history behind them.

This free online course will give you an understanding about the relationship between structure, form, architecture and nature. You will learn about ways in which to make buildings stronger and more resilient to damage caused by natural disasters. You will learn about the history of high-rise buildings. This course will be of great interest for architects, engineers and professionals in this field. Start this course today and increase your knowledge on structure and architectural forms.

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the damaging effects of speedy wind areas on structures and architectural forms.
  • Analyze the types of structures, technique and design to choose before constructing buildings in seismic prone areas.
  • Describe how floods can have damaging effects on buildings and other infrastructures.
  • Describe the characteristics of high-rise buildings.
  • Discuss the relationship between interior structure to high-rise buildings.
  • Explain the role of the exterior structure in high-rise buildings.
  • Discuss the structural arrangement, architectural forms and different systems of four mega structures.


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