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This subject was formerly known as Construction Analysis.
This subject explores the idea of construction as a process that strategically links structural principles to building elements, systems, materials, and techniques. The subject also covers key elements of building services and sustainability, including strategies to achieve internal comfort (related to building orientation, envelope, heating and cooling, air quality, acoustics, water and waste). Using a set of given case studies, students are asked to review and describe the physical anatomy of Australian residential buildings, emphasising how architectural ideas are conventionally translated into sustainable technological solutions. Students are asked to calculate how buildings perform, therefore understanding their impact on the environment.
This subject will involve the following software: Adobe Creative Suite, Autodesk AutoCAD, Rhinoceros. Details of software availability and pricing are captured at https://msd.unimelb.edu.au/graduate-research/resources/it-support#software.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Relate building manufacturing and assembly principles to diverse small- to medium-scale construction projects;
- Understand logics, conventions and challenges of technical representations;
- Analyse architectural details that respond to specific technical and programmatic requirements;
- Use technical terminology, principles and techniques of environmental control systems for residential projects;
- Integrate environmental controls into architectural designs in a sustainable manner;
- Trace the relationship or the distance between building conception and building implementation;
- Implement this trace appreciation into an interpretative framework for the organization of small- to medium-scale architectural practice.
- Identify and follow the logic of construction
- Communicate with peers and the community regarding construction matters
- Select materials and systems that allow architects to achieve coherent 3D designs;
- Identify, describe and apply construction systems and types that are common in small to medium-scale residential houses
- Appreciate how building details can materialise a certain design intent
- Identify the need for specific information and where to find them - books, handbooks, data sheets and further sources of knowledge
- Use specific technical terminology
- Convey ideas effectively through written, oral and graphic presentations
Last updated: 20 February 2024