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11233 Advanced Architectural Construction

6cp; 1hpw (lecture), 3hpw (tutorials), 3 x 4hrs (forums)
Requisite(s): 11207 Architectural Design and Construction



This subject explores how the implementation of highly-integrated architectural spatial strategies, specific construction methods and material systems give rise to outstanding architectural outcomes. The subject argues that any notion of 'advanced' can only be attained through the conceptual and practical frameworks of deep-level integrated practice.

Case studies focus on large-scale public and commerical building envelope systems. Students develop in-depth understanding of an existing envelope system and its inherent material and/or structural flaws. Through analysis of various parameters, students understand what causes the system to fail and therefore what requires redesign. Students also consider how structural, material and environmental performance can create a framework of resilience, in line with design studio themes, and develop skills in parametric modelling.

The knowledge, methodologies and analytical tools developed during initial research and analysis exercises deeply inform the re-design project and influence design strategies deployed in 11231 Architectural Design: Field. While there are no common assessment items, the conceptual framework of both this subject and 11231 are aligned to reinforce the importance of strategic planning for resilient architecture.

It is assumed that students bring work-in-progress on a weekly basis and attend with a suitable laptop/device to work in collaboration with tutors during tutorial sessions. Devices should be installed with recommended software: Rhino/Revit for construction sections and Grasshopper for parametric transformations. Targeted tutorial/lab time is provided for the parametric modelling phase.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus

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