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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Loads
    • Typology of a Wall
    • Expression of Structure
    • The Design Competition
    • Materials
    • Joins and Connections
    • Consideration on presenting your ideas
    • Expression of Form
    • Communicating your Ideas
    • Precedents to Inspire
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. identify basic elements of the structural principles of compression and tension
  2. apply a knowledge of basic structural elements and constructions to a design methodology
  3. analyse the response of structural elements within a given design context
  4. evaluate structural systems in order to integrate into a design
  5. create and assemble structures that explore form and design methodology.
  • Assignment 1 - Report (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Project (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Project (30%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as Interior Architecture Expressive Structures Studio.

Students will explore the nature of structures and their principles, to gain an intuitive understanding through model making, experimentation, technological methods as well as some basic principles. This subject will also incorporate field work throughout the semester as well as furniture workshops.

Please Note: If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

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