Rationale: Safety is a fundamental requirement of buildings, yet it is not always prioritized in the design process. Many architects resist implementing fire- and life-safety measures, even when such measures are required by codes, fearing that doing so will compromise their "design ideas." The following quote from a representative for the architect-of-record for the Mui Ho Fine Arts Library at Cornell, while scary, is not atypical: "…we wouldn't be able to do a lot of things that brought up design ideas that are done today, if you strictly interpret the Code the way it was intended."
Course Aims and Objectives: The goal of this course is to provide students with a more advanced understanding of fire- and life-safety provisions in building codes.
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