Advanced Technologies 2 (MARC5101)


The unit introduces students to concepts, issues and techniques relating to the design of more advanced and complex structural, foundation and services systems for buildings. The unit has a modular structure and explores in depth the integration of these systems within the design decision making process. It aims to give students the ability to realize their design intentions initially in the studio projects of the degree; to understand the nature and impact of materiality on the architectural design process; and then in subsequent practice, to provide the basis for the development of technical and design skills required of a professional architect. This unit reviews the recent developments and emerging trends in the design of more advanced structural systems for buildings, including those inspired by nature and generated through computational processes, and explores the nature of both the building fabric and, the environmental and management systems which enable the building to function optimally in a complex and dynamic urban environment. Students are expected to develop the ability to research alternative structural, environmental and construction systems that satisfy the aesthetic requirements of their design and to evaluate them based on clearly articulated decision criteria. Knowledge required for the selection of strategies, systems, and the integration of the systems, for a variety of design situations, is assessed through three assignments, including the digital and physical modelling of a selected case study.

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Lecture 2 hrs/wk; tutorial 1hr/wk


Assignment 1 (30%), Assignment 2 (30%), Assignment 3 (40%)

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