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Ochsendorf, John, 4.448 Analysis of Historic Structures, Fall 2004. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed 08 Jul, 2010). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Hagia Sophia.

The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image courtesy of Nasser Rabbat.)

Course Highlights

This course features a complete set of lecture notes dealing with historic structures, and the assignments from the class.

Course Description

An analysis of historical structures is presented themed sections based around construction materials. Structures from all periods of history are analyzed. The goal of the class is to provide an understanding of the preservation of historic structures for all students.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.





This seminar introduces methods for the structural analysis of historical monuments, including masonry, timber, iron, steel, and concrete structures. Short lectures will be followed by discussion sessions, together with weekly readings and a series of smaller assignments. Each student will write a final paper on a topic of their choosing. Final papers may be predominantly historical, with structural analysis to support the main arguments, or predominantly structural, with historical analysis to provide context. Paper topics may focus on any time period or any geographical location provided that there is a demonstrable need for structural analysis. Example paper subject areas include masonry structures such as French Romanesque churches, Mesoamerican vaulting systems, English Gothic cathedrals, Mamluk domes, or Guastavino vaulting, as well as historic timber roof systems, metal truss bridges, reinforced concrete structures, etc. The goal of the course is to provide architects, engineers, and historians with tools for understanding and preserving historic structures.

Students will be evaluated based on attendance, weekly assignments, research presentations, and the completion of a final paper. Readings to be assigned.



1 Introduction Assignment 1 out
2 Masonry Structures I  
3 Masonry Structures II Assignment 1 due
4 Timber Structures I Assignment 2 out
5 Timber Structures II  
6 Metal Structures I Assignment 2 due
7 Metal Structures II Proposal due for final project
8 Concrete Structures  
9 Projects/Discussion  
10 Projects/Discussion (cont.)  
11 Final Presentations  
12 Final Presentations (cont.) Final papers due   Tell A Friend