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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. apply basic structural principles of compression and tension
  2. analyse and test structural elements, material, economy, sustainability and construction through design processes of modelling, diagramming and drawing
  3. critique and negotiate temporal, physical and cultural conditions of site, in particular developing an understanding of Indigenous perspectives of this inter-relatedness
  4. formulate a design proposition through synthesising and reflecting on a range of resources including readings and site investigations
  5. communicate the complexities of structure and site using appropriate oral and visual strategies.
  • Assignment 1 - Site Investigation Presentation (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Design Proposition Presentation (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Final Design Project Presentation (50%)

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.

This studio unit considers a multi-disciplinary approach to the relationship between structure and meaning, and secondly, the concept of site: physical/cultural/poetic. Through processes of drawing, diagramming and model making, students test and experiment with the nature of physical structures to gain an understanding of basic structural principles. In relation to social structure, the studio program will provide students with an understanding of the relationship between indigenous people's connection to country, community, culture and wellbeing The studio introduces an experience of place and time, thinking about designing with an awareness of temporality: past, present and future. Students will undertake site visits, diagramming, the examination of precedents and work strategically and collaboratively in groups.

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