ARCT5503 Built Work: Architecture in Construction

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
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.
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.

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.
Incidental fees
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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)
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