UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ARCT5503 Built Work: Architecture in Construction

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit develops experience in understanding the way well-known works of architecture are constructed. Students initially document and then physically construct details of a number of chosen works at scale and develop an understanding of the location of architectural meaning through the importance of edge, junction, material and time to each work. Focusing on the theoretical understanding of how important details of construction can be to meaning, students explore the way a number of pieces of architecture were originally constructed, the materials and details involved and replicate these aspects in a maximum 1m3 volume at full scale. In addition, a details resource is added to the Faculty's collection.
Outcomes Students gain an understanding of aspects of the physical construction of works of architecture through a thorough, practical understanding of the construction techniques involved in specific pieces of architecture. This understanding, coupled with exploration of materiality and meaning through construction, provides a developed awareness of what it means to design at every scale. The praxis of building architectural details at scale further enhances construction and workshop skills and gives a valuable tangibility to understanding and designing architecture.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following way: . Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Sophie Giles
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 lectures/seminars: 36 (12 x 3 hours per week)
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