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.
Starting from the academic year 2020/2021, the course passes from 4 cfu to 6 cfu at the solicitation of the students, who have requested to increase the credits of this course, also for a greater correspondence between cfu and study load that this course requires to transfer the minimum knowledge bases. This will allow for more space to be given to the topics covered, introducing innovative practical training and seminar methods and also opening up topics related to the technological culture of design.
Innovative didactic aims of the course: The project of the innovative didactic is proposed as an operational integration and exchange of knowledge between students and between teachers and students with respect to the theoretical part of the monodisciplinary course. The desire to strengthen the process already underway the past year (a.y. 2020/2021) with the blended modality allows to organize the theoretical part of the teaching remotely, reducing the hours in au la, and enhancing the activation strategies of the virtual classroom; the part of lessons / exercises / seminars in the classroom will allow to activate synergies between students and practical activities on the topics of the course, with the support of construction site videos and small 3D modulations on complex technological systems to understand, if only theoretically deepened. The goal is to activate exchanges of knowledge that students will build through precise didactic activities and through technological interchange supports guided by the teacher. Given the internationality of the class, this exchange makes it possible to enhance the technical and constructive specificities of each nation of origin and to activate cultural reflections through real case studies with very active participation. The 3D modulations of simple parts of work, through virtual software or through didactic material, want to be the tool of learning by doìng, deepening basic structural concepts and relationships between building systems.
Modalità di valutazione
The evaluation will take place through a final exam which includes a written oral admission test. The contents of the entire course program and the proposed exercises will be discussed in the oral exam. The preparation of the exercises according to the times indicated during the course is a necessary condition for admission to the exam.
With reference to the Dublin descriptors:
- the written test, with open-ended theoretical questions, is aimed at assessing the degree of knowledge of the subject and the ability to understand and learn the topics covered in the course;
- the oral exam, with questions relating to the course topics and the contents of the exercise activity carried out independently by the student, has as its objective the assessment of the ability to know and understand the applicative aspects of the subject and to elaborate connections between theoretical aspects and operational aspects of the various topics covered during the course. Both tests also aim to assess communication and argumentation skills, both in written and oral form.
Ching F. D.K., Building construction illustrated, Editore: Wiley, Anno edizione: 2008, ISBN: 9780470087817
Emmit S., Architectural technology, Editore: Wiley-Blackwell, Anno edizione: 2012
Silver P., McLean W., Introduction to architectural technology, Editore: Laurence King, Anno edizione: 2008, ISBN: 9781856695664
Allen E., How buildings work: the natural order of architecture, Editore: Oxford University Press, Anno edizione: 2005
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