BT: Extreme Structures

Mother nature constantly threatens us with natural disasters and continually reminds us that floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis are potential and ever present threats to our survival - and that of our built environment. Given that one of the fundamental aspects of architecture is its assumed capacity to shelter and protect, how can we design structures that not only survive but go beyond to surpass these kinds of extreme natural disasters? In the context of this course, we will explore strategies, technologies, and structural approaches that speculate precisely on how we might potentially design structures to negotiate such extreme events. Our explorations will aim to strike a marriage between architecture, structure, and the demands imposed by these extreme natural phenomena.