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Cross Discipline, Cross Country: A Collaborative Design Studio Integrating Architecture And Engineering

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

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June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

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June 21, 2006



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Technical Issues in Architectural Engineering I

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11.375.1 - 11.375.9



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Kevin Dong Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo

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Thomas Leslie Iowa State University

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abstract thoughts into layman terms such that everyone could work on the same page. Students learned how valuable a well-crafted letter or e-mailed sketch could improve their communication. They also learned that well-written documents take time to produce and the additional time spent improving a letter was typically less than the time required to explain things over the phone after a poorly crafted letter was sent to their partners. The class was organized so that after the kick-off meeting, all correspondence between team members was via phone, e-mail, and instant messaging.

If we think about the total design process, teams innovate where they initiate the design or process, then collaborate with others to create a seamless design, then integrate on their own using the guidelines developed in the collaboration process, and then communicate their discoveries back to the team, It’s an iterative process we can term “eye see squared” or IC2 (innovate, collaborate, integrate, communicate). The studio was staged to facilitate this type of process.

The Program

The selected project was a glider-port. This building type was chosen for two reasons: potential for a variety of building materials, potential for long-spans, incorporation of a multi-use facility, and the fact that one of the universities had a glider club in which to draw inspiration. The program called for space to accommodate administrative, classrooms, etc… plus space for 7 gliders. The site was located in South San Francisco along the Bayshore Freeway and is currently under laid by landfill material (See Figure 1 below). One of the reasons for selecting this site was its relationship to the prevailing winds, position to adjacent water and land features, and a requirement for a seismic component to the structural design.

Figure 1: Site Plan

Dong, K., & Leslie, T. (2006, June), Cross Discipline, Cross Country: A Collaborative Design Studio Integrating Architecture And Engineering Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--752

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