ARCT5885 Bio-Based Materials in Global Settings

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
Contemporary Architecture is significantly reducing whole building life cycle energy demand through improvements within buildings and structures. This unit studies bio-based materials (BBM) (those derived from agricultural and forestry feedstock) that have been used in the construction of our buildings throughout history, from an environmental and socio-economic perspective. The use of bio-based materials, such as strawbale, bamboo, timber or hemp in construction offers a renewable resource that has the potential of negative embodied carbon as energy efficiency increases with stricter codes and regulations. The application and extended possibilities for bio-inspired design experimentation in these contexts are explored in this unit as the needs are significant. The industrialization potential of BBM is investigated. Standardization and certification procedures, rationale and future scenarios are discussed. Site visits, practical workshops are set for students to engage with BBM production and construction requirements within the context of an international and Australian design industry scenario
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) employ BBM construction techniques to demonstrate its integrated environmental, socio-economic challenges and benefits; (2) critically analyse BBM design and construction processes in light of its historical uses in traditional and contemporary settings; and (3) generate design proposals through acquired knowledge of the integrated social, cultural, environmental and ethical benefits and/or potential setbacks of BBMs.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) diary & drawings; (2) research paper; and (3) drawings (group). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Rosangela Tenorio
Unit rules
Approved quota: 25—academic merit and seniority for enrolment at a set date, if the date is to adversely affect international student enrolment then the five places (20%) of the total number will be set aside for enrolment by international students
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 or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Field trip (estimated cost - 180)
(2) Third party workshop (estimated cost - 300).
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour; workshop/practical classes; 2 hours for up to 12 weeks
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