ARCT5592 Timber in Architecture

Credit
6 points
Offering
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2018UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
The intent of this unit is to provide a community-based design and construct project that provides students with a real-world opportunity to address a design brief, deal with a real client and learn to interpret and respond to regulatory design standards in a real-world setting. The program's focus is to explore design through a 'learn by making' approach that includes the appropriate use of materials, form and function and considering the structural rigour necessary for provision of public architecture. Students develop, present and refine designs that respond to a real project brief. The design review process considers factors such as fit for purpose, expression/exploration of materiality, understanding of weathering effects on wood, junction and fixing imperatives and the proposal's ability to be transported whole or in sections to site for installation. In conjunction with skills and techniques associated with designing with timber, expanding design drawings into a buildable structure through accurate timber detailing is a key element of the unit.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) gain an improved understanding of timber's aesthetic and material qualities along with its structural potential and limitations; (2) explore timber-oriented design processes based on a real brief and client; and (3) gain workshop, material and on-site construction experience.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) short written assignment; (2) presentation; (3) plans and models of proposed design; and (4) partipation in final construction. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Kate Hislop
Unit rules
Approved quota: 44—students in their final 24 points will be given priority enrolment, and then selection will be based on academic merit.
Contact hours
36 (workshops: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks)
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