Lecture :: Step-by-Step

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Lecture :: Step-by-Step: The Evolution of Large-Scale Construction
Paul Kassabian
Structural Engineer, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 2:30pm
Maxwell-Dworking Building, Room G-135
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences campus 
33 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
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The Wyss Institute at Harvard is hosting a lecture by Paul Kassabian addressing the topic of how humans build.  What drives the decisions made during design and in planning/creating a construction?  How do these vary with materials and from small to large scale?  This presentation will cover structures such as geodesic domes, active-controlled antennas, moveable bridges, homes that unfold on site, and art installations…addressing their methods of design, fabrication, and assembly.

Paul Kassabian is a structural engineer for Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) and a visiting lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he is teaching a course on structures. Kassabian also teaches a graduate level structures course that he created at MIT. In the past, he has worked on projects such as the Gateshead Millenium Bridge, though today he is involved in materials and testing with SGH. Kassabian also developed an app, Structures, for the iPhone and iPad that teaches structural lessons to students.

This event is open to the public.