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Students will gain the ability to analyse the use of materials and the means of constructing buildings from antiquity on, but with particular reference to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Class activities will focus on the comparison of equivalent materials and trades between different cultures, and explore the transmission of skills, building processes and techniques from one to another. Subject may have field trips and off campus activities.
Field trips / off campus may include visit to historical buildings, including construction sites of buildings under restoration/rehabilitation and/or off campus trips for data collection at historical archives. Destination: Melbourne inner city area and surroundings. Details will change from year to year.
Students will be required to purchase personal protective equipment (boots, hard-hat, vest and safety goggles); cost approx. $120 to $200 per person. Students may use equipment from a previous subject if these are in good working condition.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion, students will be able to:
- Recognise traditional building materials and methods of construction and trace their origins and connections in different regions and historical contexts
- Appreciate the cultural role of building technology and its value as a source of reference and inspiration for innovative architectural design and construction practice
- Understand the historical and cultural developments underlying the history of construction processes, including the political, social and economic factors that led to them
Develop skills for the assessment of surviving structures and recognise practical issues that may affect how they are conserved or rehabilitated
Last updated: 28 November 2019