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Special Issue "Architectural Structure"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2020.
Interests: structural analysis and design; numerical modelling; concrete structures; structural materials
An architectural structure can be defined as a human-made construction simultaneously driven by aesthetic and engineering considerations. In many cases, such a construction can be viewed as ‘structural art’.
Many ancient constructions can be considered real architectural structures and, for a long time, demonstrated the ability of human beings to use rationally natural materials, dominate construction techniques, understand and optimize the path of forces along the construction components. However, until the end of renaissance, the work of the master builder was mainly based on empirical rules. As a result, structural components were generally oversized, and large volumes of material were used.
In the 17th century, the development of modern calculus and experimental techniques allowed developing rational design criteria based on the knowledge of the mechanical properties of the materials. This enabled optimizing the cross-sections and volumes of materials to be used in the constructions.
Since the 20th century, the development of more refined design criteria, computational tools, new structural materials, and new structural typologies has made it possible to further optimize the volume of materials and also to rationalize their use even more. Today, the masters of architecture and engineering are able to design and build slender and more elegant structures fulfilling all architectural and engineering requirements.
The aim of the Special Issue ‘Architectural Structure’ is to gather advances in architectural structures and inspire researchers and practitioners to share their knowledge and experience in the field, and also explore new directions for the future. In this Special Issue, we welcome both original research studies and review papers based on diverse topics, with architectural structures as a reference point, such as:
- New typologies;
- Innovative structural systems;
- Innovative structural materials;
- Experimental and/or numerical studies;
- Construction techniques;
- Case studies, including design projects.
Researchers, architects, and engineers, among others, working on this field are invited to present and share their work.
Assistant Professor with Aggregation Luís Filipe Almeida Bernardo
Manuscript Submission Information
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- architectural structure
- structural system
- structural material
- experimental and numerical modeling
- design project
- construction techniques
- case study