Module 3 - Points to Ponder

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Module 3 - Points to Ponder
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Kilas Leyton Gallimore
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Please share your comments on 3 of the following Points to Ponder questions. (Choose 3 of the questions below.)

When designing a project...

  • For most projects, adapting the terrain to the building is the best option and the simplest. In this project, we are asked to adapt the terrain, but one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture have come from adapting to the terrain itself. Namely, Falling water where the house was built on a waterfall and is known as a marvel.

What are the advantages of stacking the levels of a multi-story building vertically?

  • An example of a building with changing floor plates is Falling water. The building has a jenga looking build. An advantage of vertical stacking is that it’s easier to model the building because you can copy and paste the walls above.
  • In the Burj Khalifa, as you go up, the floor plans change. This is to deflect the air moving past the building so that it doesn’t sway. The building doesn’t even have a damper (to counter the swaying movement caused by wind)

Why do stairs follow specific proportions with a set relationship between the tread length and riser height?

  • Stairs have a specific ratio between treads and risers so it feels “natural” to walk up stairs. Without this ratio, tripping and missteps would be common. Building models use computers to calculate these proportions, so mistakes don’t happen.