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CalPoly Pomona teaches interdisciplinary course on precast

Guest Blog by Mikhail Gershfeld (CalPoly Pomona)

Cal Poly Pomona has pioneered the concept of the AE (interdisciplinary architectural engineering materials studio) and have been teaching it with precast concrete as primary material for the last three years.

The course is taught in progressive competition format with mid- and final reviews performed by the professional panel of local practicing structural engineers and architects. The first two years students worked on TVE (Tsunami Vertical Evacuation) facilities and in year three the students worked on design of the University Football and Soccer Stadium. The students in one quarter (10 weeks) were able to perform case studies of 10-12 similar constructed projects, develop individual conceptual designs, in small teams develop  8-10 preliminary designs and larger teams complete 4-5 design development level designs.