ARCH 4032 Advanced Architectural Technology
The Advanced Architectural Technology seminar seeks to develop a critical understanding and application of material attributes, qualities, and properties in constructing architecture. Structure, components, finish, and performance are investigated in terms of construction methodology and in relation to environmental conditions. The course is divided into sequential topics and exercises that explore the relationship between building components, architectural space, and inhabitation. Questions related to environment, context/identity, and historical precedent are introduced to initiate an exploration of spatial, social, political, and cultural forces. Exercises engage a tectonic language and seek to establish a vocabulary capable of communicating complex issues of fabrication, technique, and construction sequence. Research into organizational elements/systems is reinforced through drawing studies that are developed into proposals for building enclosure systems. The course emphasizes the process of assembly and seeks to address the dynamic set of relations inherent in the practice of making architecture.