University of Technology Sydney

86114 Communication and Construction: Material Futures

6cp; 4hpw (1hr interactive lecture sessions, 3hrs studio sessions)
Requisite(s): 86009 Communication and Construction: Generative Methods AND 86008 Communication and Construction: Representation
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
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Active participation in Orientation weeks activities is highly recommended, as it is when students are inducted in software management and model making workshops.


This subject builds on two semesters of learning in the Interior Architecture degree and is one of the key skill-based, communication and construction documentation subjects in the Interior Architecture curriculum. 86114 Communication and Construction: Material Futures is a milestone in bolstering learning in technical, graphic and construction representation techniques and developing an understanding of materials, structure, digital fabrication and modes of assembly.

Communication and construction subjects develop essential practice skillsets in communication and construction through the exploration of methods including 3D modelling, orthographic drawing, model making and documentation. This subject continues to strengthen these codes of production through the interrogation of an iconic product design from the 20th or 21st Century. Students are first required to dissect the object through a series of targeted 3D drawing exercises to explore the objects material, structural and organisational systems. Exploring concepts of assembly and digital fabrication students are asked to re-interpret their designated object by reimagining the objects material future. Centred on recursive feedback between; making, testing, drawing and fabrication, the outcome of the subject is a rigorous engagement with materials paired with techniques of fabrication, assembly and representation.

Skills developed in this subject include detailed 3D modelling to assist in the production of measured drawings, material exploration and methods of digital / analogue fabrication and assembly, prototyping, finishing and an engagement with modes of representation.

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