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Design Integration Lab: Materials - BAEN2001

This unit introduces students to the role of materials as a proponent of architectural form. The objective of this unit is to equip students with an ability to think critically about the transformation, evaluation and creative application of different materials in terms of environmental, structural and aesthetic performance. In-class lectures and assignments provide students with an opportunity to explore fundamental concepts about material propensity, material performance and material scale as a conceptual and practical basis for architectural design. To this end, students will also be introduced to regional and international precedents from antiquity to the present that demonstrate the application of innovative and sustainable practices with the use and reuse of materials in the built environment. To facilitate the dialog between material and form in architecture, students will engage in a progressively complex semester-long design project. Upon successful completion of this unit students will be provided with the necessary skills for thinking with materials as a determinant of architectural form.

1 hr/week, computer lab 1 hr/week and studio 2 hrs/week (until week 7); lectures 1 hr/week and studio 3 hrs/week (week 8 onwards)

quizzes (10%); design review part 1 (15%); design review part 2 (35%); design portfolio 500wd essay (40%)

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BADP2002 and BADP2003


Faculty: Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

Semester 1

25 Feb 2019

Department/School: Architecture
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2019
Unit of study level: Intermediate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
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Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Jennifer Ferng
HECS Band: 2
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