The course: Advanced Structural Forms opens a third dimension to engineering students at the University of Warwick. It marks a significant departure from conventional teaching methods, which do not allow students to develop a good physical understanding of structural behaviour. Traditional reliance on 2-D representation of 3-D structural forms produces safe, but conservative predictions of the actual structural behaviour. The course has been set up to address this issue and to emphasise the advantages of 3-D analysis of such structures.
The motto of the course: "Force follows form" - encourages students to think about the flow of forces in the structure, depending on structure's initial shape. Students are encouraged to produce a variety of 3-D structural models, ranging from shells to cable net, branching and tension structures. The course is intended to challenge students' creative skills and complement their existing analystical skills.