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This subject articulates and tests the idea of architectural design as a process where cultural and technological decision-making are intertwined. Teaching and learning activity starts with the analysis of technological means associated to architectural ideas and seeks to evaluate the implementation of alternatives in performance-based design scenarios.
Mixing examples of the present and of the past, this subject shows and tests ways to identify, assess and engage with the technological underpinnings of architecture.
Topics and practical activities are focused on single-dwelling residential and small to medium scale commercial building typologies.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject the student is expected to:
- Connect architectural design intent and technological implementation through building materials, systems and components;
- Relate construction technology proposals building performance requirements;
- Develop project-based and industry-relevant skills of research and integration of building materials, systems and components;
- Understand and communicate with conventional methods of technical representation used by the architecture, engineering and construction industry.
On completion of this subject, students will have developed the ability to:
- Influence the logics of construction from the perspective of designers and principal consultants;
- Communicate about construction technology and building performance with professional peers, project stakeholders and the community at large;
- Select materials, systems and components coherently to achieve explicit design objectives;
- Propose construction technologies suitable to building context, type, scale and function;
- Recognise the need for specialist input in the design process of small to medium scale projects.
Last updated: 24 March 2020