The unit introduces students to concepts, issues and techniques relating to the design of some advanced structural, construction and services systems, and the integration of these systems within the design decision making process. This unit has a modular structure and aims to give students the tools to initiate and develop their design intentions in relation to structural, construction and services technologies. The knowledge will move from an understanding of the nature and impact of materiality on the architectural design process through to the implementation of this knowledge in the practice of a professional architect through design, consultation and building processes. The unit aims to examine the foundation and structural systems of large scale public buildings, the construction of the elements of the external fabric and the impact on the design process of the anthropomorphic, environmental and engineering requirements of the internal spaces. The unit stresses the primacy of detailing, skills in the development of individual design processes, and the understanding of design principles of construction materials in relation to structural and environmental concerns. It also aims to develop an understanding of the impact of the BCA and relevant Australian Standards on the building interior and exterior. Knowledge required for the selection of strategies, systems, and integration of the systems for a variety of design situations, is assessed through case study assignments and an examination. This unit is core to the Master of Architecture. Contact hours: 6 hours per week (lecture and tutorial); student effort expected for an average student to achieve a pass level result: class preparation: 3 hours per week; assessment preparation: 30 hours per semester.
Lecture and tutorial contact, plus self-directed preparation and assignments, for a minimum total student commitment averaging 9 hours per week.
Weekly detailing exercises (60%), design development drawing (40%)
MARC4001 or MARC4002 or MARC4003Prohibitions