Subject details

  • Topics
    • The role of design
    • The language of structures
    • How things stand up and why they fall down
    • Solid construction
    • Skeletal construction
    • Surface construction
    • Engaging the site
    • The idea of a floor system
    • The idea of a wall system
    • The idea of a roof system
    • Division of space
    • Review
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Printable format materials
      • Resources and Links

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

  1. identify and analyse the key environmental factors that inform the relationship between physical environments and the tectonics of buildings
  2. demonstrate knowledge of fundamental structural systems by investigating architectural projects
  3. identify how buildings impact on human wellbeing and general sustainability.
  • Assignment 1 - Assignment — Structural Investigation (30%)
  • Assignment 2 - Presentation —Poster Presentation (10%)
  • Assignment 3 - Assignment — Structural Investigation (30%)
  • Assignment 4 - Invigilated Exam (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

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject is an introduction to the theoretical and pragmatic relationships - the why and the how - between the built environment, natural environment and human environment in design. It introduces students to the fundamentals of tectonics such as structural systems and materials and related implications in terms of thermal, lighting and acoustics performance on architecture. Work integrated learning is incorporated through understanding the relationship between technology and the formal language of design in architecture.

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