University of Technology Sydney

86114 Communication and Construction: Performance

6cp; 4hpw (1hr interactive lecture sessions, 3hrs studio sessions)
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Recommended studies:

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 is the first of four construction subjects running across the interior architecture program.

"Communication and Construction: Performance" helps students to achieve an intuitive understanding of construction and 'micro-tectonic' logics that affect the materialisation of interior architectural designs.

During the session, students design and put together a set of construction systems, speculating on the construction of unbuilt case studies with historical and disciplinary relevance. The unbuilt condition is essential to position each student in a critical and highly explorative context.

Students receive the task of designing the construction of a pre-existing incomplete design project by a relevant designer. Any selected case study design complies with the following aspects:

  • it operates as a utopian speculative design
  • it fits within the disciplinary field of critical spatial practice, and
  • it trespasses the boundaries of formal simplicity while representing a remarkable challenge to students in terms of designing construction solutions.

Methodologically, the session is designed as a sequence of interactive lectures and studio sessions that, combined with strategic exercises and a curated collection of multimedia resources, provide students with insight into the multi-scalar and ecosystemic logics that characterise construction of space. The lectures, bibliographic selection and exercises help students to understand the complex range of tools and ingredients involved in conceptualisation and materialisation of spatial construction. Students acquire a deeper understanding of:

  1. the principle of project identity – preserving or intentionally challenging the pre-scripted functional identity of studied precedent through construction decisions
  2. material typologies – properties, types and transformation techniques (in the manufacture of components)
  3. the principle of hierarchy – construction as a hierarchical relation between systems, subsystems and components
  4. the principle of connections in the construction
  5. shape, form and size as a negotiation between function, aspect and assemblage demands
  6. representation – tools, systems techniques, scales and grammars relevant to the design and representation of construction
  7. the principle of tectonics – the limits of the tectonic behaviour when designing any structural component.

Detailed subject description.

Access conditions

Note: The requisite information presented in this subject description covers only academic requisites. Full details of all enforced rules, covering both academic and admission requisites, are available at access conditions and My Student Admin.