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Construction Analysis explores the idea of construction as a process that strategically links structural principles to building elements, systems, materials, and techniques. 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 technological solutions.
During the semester, construction site visits will be organised as extracurricular activities. Prior to the field trip, students will have to complete and submit an online medical questionnaire form and complete a Health & Safety Induction.
Wearing of ‘Protective Personal Equipment’ is mandatory. All students must have their own hard hats, safety boots and high visibility vests to wear.
Intended learning outcomes
The objectives of this subject are 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
- Appreciate the relationship or the distance between building conception and building implementation;
- Transform this 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 pieces of information and where to find them - books, handbooks, data sheets and further sources of knowledge.
Last updated: 25 January 2020