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Let’s all make a bridge. How do we build it?

Written on December 17, 2012 by Roberto Arribas in Architecture

Students of Architecture at IE University build a joint model to analyze how the forces involved in this type of structure work 

Let’s all make a bridge. How do we build it? This is the challenge that was raised today by second and third year architecture students at IE University in the Segovia campus. Under the supervision of several teachers at the school, the undergraduates have made a joint study of the different types of bridges, in collaboration with Digital Studies, under the subjects of Structural Types I, Structural Types II and ‘Tipologías Estructurales II’. 

The workshop “Fabricating the bridge_2012” has culminated in the construction of a model of a bridge, made through the use of laser cutting machines, which were tested by adding up to four kilograms of cargo in order to analyze the failure mode. The workshop aimed for students to understand how the forces are involved in the construction of various types of ‘hanging’ structures. 

The students were accompanied by their teachers Anna Mestre, Adrian Sánchez, Javier Giménez and Anna Pla Catalá. The jury included the director for the Degree of Architecture, David Goodman, and the teachers Roberto Molinos and Carlota González.

(Spanish Version)

Hagamos entre todos un puente ¿Cómo lo construimos? Este es el reto que se han planteado hoy los alumnos de segundo y tercer curso de Arquitectura de IE University en el campus de Segovia.  Bajo la supervisión de varios profesores del centro, los futuros arquitectos han realizado un estudio conjunto de diversas tipologías de puentes, en colaboración con Digital Studies, en el marco de las asignaturas de Structural Types I, Structural Types II y Tipologías Estructurales II. 

El taller “Fabricating the bridge_2012” ha culminado con la construcción de una maqueta de un puente, realizado gracias al uso de las máquinas de láser de corte, al que sometieron hasta cuatro kilogramos de carga con el fin de analizar su modo de fallo. El objetivo es que los estudiantes comprendieran cómo intervienen las fuerzas en la construcción de diversos tipos de estructuras colgantes. 

Los alumnos estuvieron acompañados por sus profesores Anna Mestre, Adrián Sánchez, Javier Giménez y Anana Pla Catalá. Ejercieron de jurado el director del Grado en Arquitectura David Goodman y los profesores Roberto Molinos y Carlota González.

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