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Unit Overview

Description
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.
Credit
6 points
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

This comprises a set of construction drawings at 1:10 scale and shop drawings, a tutorial participation mark and a constructed piece with staged completion.



Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

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.
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Materials Supplied specific to unit (estimated cost - $50 -$200).
Contact hours
lectures/seminars: 36 (12 x 3 hours per week)
Note
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.