Case Studies

This section includes WBLCA case studies of buildings and building types performed by structural engineers.

Case Studies in Carbon Reduction from the University of Bath

Introduction by Glenn Bell

In December 2020 I had a great pleasure to lecture (virtually) in a course entitled Architectural Structures in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering at the University of Bath in the UK.  At Bath students of architecture and structural engineering learn together in a program that stresses climate, (low) carbon, creativity, and collaboration.  It is one of the best programs I’ve seen anywhere for preparing creative building structural engineers.

The Architectural Structures course, headed by Professor Tim Ibell, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Design at Bath, includes lectures by invited practicing engineers.  The aim is “To develop an appreciation of novel and innovative structural engineering design solutions for a range of specific applications.”

For the course’s final project, students must choose a project designed by a notable living structural engineer and redesign it with the primary goal of reducing its carbon footprint.  The students then present their case in a 5-minute video presentation uploaded to YouTube, and then defend their solution in front of their fellow students and the course lecturers.

I attended the final presentations and was astounded by the students’ creativity, grasp of the issues, and professionalism.   The strategies for carbon reduction are invaluable for students and practicing professionals as well.

Glenn Bell

President 2020, The Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE

Galletly-Dickson Visiting Scholar, Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, University of Bath

Architectural Structures – 111 West 57th Street

Bosjes Chapel – Architectural Structures – University of Bath

Busan Cinema Center Design Analysis

AR40302 Architectural Structures – K.Ertl

Architectural Structures – Bill Baker (ggvs20)

Faith Wainwright

Creative Collaboration

Thuc Bui

The Savill Building

Cecil Balmond Presentation

Rongier – Architectural Structures – Munich Olympic Stadium Roof – Jorg Schlaich

Santiago Calatrava: Athens Olympic Stadium

Shibata’s influence on the design of the Ribbon Chapel

Naeem Hussain by Maria de la Joya Peletier

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

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