University of Technology Sydney

86113 Communication and Construction: Technologies

6cp; 1hpw (lecture: Wednesday), 3hpw (tutorial: Wednesday)
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
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Active participation in Orientation week activities is highly recommended, as it is when students are inducted in software management.

Core subject: Context


This subject is the second of four construction-oriented subjects within the program. Across the session, each student analyses, individually and in groups, the construction of an existing building. The subject is structured around the understanding of four main conceptual aspects in construction.

1. Hierarchy in Construction: The subject explores the physical relations between the construction components and systems that configure a building at multiple scales. To do so, students study the hierarchical relation between seven construction layers contained within two scalar blocks:

  1. Block 01: Macro-tectonic layers
    • Layer 01: Structure (Frame structures)
    • Layer 02: Envelope (facades and roofs)
    • Layer 03: Partitions (fixed and mobile)
  2. Block 02: Micro-tectonic layers
    • Layer 04: Linings (walls, floors and ceilings)
    • Layer 05: Systems (electric, atmospheric, water supply)
    • Layer 06: Furniture (understood as micro-construction)
    • Layer 07: Decoration

2. Representation Standards in Construction: The correct representation of spatial construction requires specific representation techniques, languages, documents and formats. During the session, students reproduce construction-specific drawings and physical models of their analysed building. As a result of the exercise, students complete in individual and collaborative formats the following types of documents:

  • General construction plans and sections of the building: Scale 1:20
  • Detailed representation of selected construction systems and components: Scales between 2:1 and 1:10
  • Axonometric representations of construction systems
  • A physical model of the studied building or a part of it: Scale 1:10

Through the production of documents, students learn the correct application of hatches, line types, dimensions, technical annotations and line weights among other representation aspects.

3. Multi-scalar Approach: Students learn the relevance of thinking and documenting spatial construction in multiple scales simultaneously. The successful completion of the above listed documents proves the understanding of the multi-scale principle of construction.

4. Cultural Relevance of Construction Technologies: Once students achieve an understanding of the technical logics that drive spatial construction, they produce a critical video-statement. Students critique the repercussion of historical, geographical and cultural contexts in the design and construction of their assigned case study buildings.

The successful completion of this subject provides students with an essential and complex understanding of construction as a technical subject, and as a disciplinary field with cultural significance.

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