Beam: a supporting member that transfers weight from one location to another.
Center of gravity: the single point in an object that gravity pulls on.
Compression: a force that presses or pushes towards an object’s center.
Ergonomics: the practice of designing objects that conform to the dimensions of the human body to maximize comfort.
Load: weight that is carried by an object.
Strut: a brace or support.
Sway: to move back and forth.
Truss: a triangular support.
Orthographic Drawing: A drawing that communicates the shape and size of an object through a series of related two-dimensional views.
Isometric drawings: are 3D drawings. They show three sides, all in dimensional proportion, but none are shown as a true shape with 90 degree corners. All the vertical lines are drawn vertically but all horizontal lines are drawn at 30 degrees to the base line. Isometric is an easy method of drawing 3D images.
Introduction to Architecture
This full year course for grades 10-12 is an overview of architecture.