The course Architectural technology fundamentals is focused on the identification of the criteria that must be taken during the design phase to direct the choice between different technical options, paying close attention to the social, physical, productive and economical context. Doing this we should consider the whole life cycle of the building.
During the course, students will be asked to study the articulated scenery of resources and construction systems of nowadays, with particular care to performances and mutual relationships within the building system. Students will seek to understand the structure and the dynamics of the building process and the organizational modalities through which the design and construction activities allow to achieve a building from the expression of a need and the role that the stakeholders have in this process.
Risultati di apprendimento attesi
The expected learning outcomes are summarized in the understanding of the relationships that are established in the building between materials, technologies, functions and forms. In this sense, the student acquires the fundamental knowledge and concepts to face the subsequent design experiences with particular reference to: the relationship between constructive solution and architectural configuration (correspondence between characteristics of materials and techniques and formal outcomes achieved); the relationship between needs, requirements and performances (performance of materials and components compared to the satisfaction of specific needs of living); the relationship between the context and the building (specificity of the different cultural, climatic and productive contexts).
The course of Architectural Technology Fundamentals has the aim of providing students with the basic knowledge to understand:
the relation between environmental sustainability and architectural design at the different scales of the project (urban, architectural, technological) and in the different phases of the construction process (production – construction – maintenance – closure - recycle);
the relationship between the site and the building in terms of knowledge and use of materials and building elements within the specific climatic, historical, social, geographical, technical and industrial context and in relation with the existing resources and restraints;
the general concept of quality as the ratio between requirements and performances (the building as a system aimed to satisfy the inhabitants' needs and the meaning of performance as the rate of satisfaction of specific requirements);
the structure and the classification of the building system and its parts;
the characteristics of materials, sub-systems and components (a general description of production processes and embodied energy, the relationship between the nature of materials, manufacturing, properties and performances, resources and opportunities);
the choice of materials and building elements in their relation to the architecture of the building;
an introduction to building codes.
Modalità di valutazione
The evaluation is carried out within a final examination which consists in a written exam (open-ended questions + drawing of architectural details) and an oral interview (questions on course topics + questions on student's coursework) to assess 'knowledge and understanding' and' learning skills'. A specific coursework is assigned at the beginning of the course with the aim of developing 'knowledge application and understanding' and the ability of 'making judgements'. The work will be reviewed during the semester and will be discussed also during the oral examination which has also the purpose of evaluating 'communication skills' and will be part of the final evaluation.
Silver P., McLean W., Introduction to architectural technology, Editore: Laurence King, Anno edizione: 2008, ISBN: 9781856695664
Emmit S., Architectural technology, Editore: Wiley-¿Blackwell, Anno edizione: 2012
Ching F. D.K., Building construction illustrated, Editore: Wiley, Anno edizione: 2008, ISBN: 9780470087817
Allen E., How buildings work: the natural order of architecture, Editore: Oxford University Press, Anno edizione: 2005
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