Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Concrete Project

Tuesday, April 28 was a busy day in the Quigley courtyard! ARC 362 (Structures II) students were busy pouring their concrete beams for testing next week. Professor Robert H. Swenson has taught this course for many years and includes hands-on learning activities for the students.

Athena Sandravelis (L) and Shane Healey (R) have built their forms, placed the tension reinforcing, and are ready to begin the pouring of the concrete.

Here is a closer view of the beam design.

After allowing the concrete to cure for seven days, the students will load their beam designs and test them to determine how strong their creations are.

Students Yuko Aoki and Andrew Bevis work on their beam design. Talk about an international project! Yuko is from Japan and Andrew was raised right here in Jackson County, Illinois!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Masonry Day at SIUC

The Illinois Masonry Institute recently presented Masonry Days at the SIUC campus. Students from the School of Architecture learned a great deal about masonry construction and were given the opporunity to lay brick under the instruction of masonry professionals. Robin Morrow England, a junior in architecture, is seen at the right being shown how to place brick.

Junior Derrick Wildes has buttered his brick and seems to be considering his next move very carefully. For many students, this was the first time they had been this up close and personal with masonry products.

The event was arranged by Professor Norm Lach. As you may be able to tell by the images, it turned out to be one of our cold spring days instead of our legendary warm spring days in Carbondale.

The day ended with Masonry Jeopardy inside the Student Center Auditorium. Although Norm's Home Boys scored well with those double jeopardy questions they luckily kept finding, the Blue Falcons ended up dominating the event. Students from the winning team received gift cards to Best Buy.

Fun in Studio!

Junior Dan Corte enjoys a McGangbang in studio. The McGangbang, invented at Daytona Beach, Florida, is a combination of a double cheeseburger and the spicy McChicken sandwich from McDonald's. Place the entire chicken sandwich between the cheeseburger's patties, open wide, and enojy! Perhaps we should place defibrillators in studio, just in case?

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Where on Earth?

How well do you know your architectural geography? Where on Earth?: The Architect's Guide to the World by ABC Arcade gives you the chance to find out! You'll see a famous work of architecture and then click the map of the world to locate it. Speed and accuracy are scored and you must meet the minimum points required to advance to the next level. Give it a try!