COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


Course Name
Advanced Structural Details in Architectural Design
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
ARCH 320
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
4
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The course serves as an introduction to advanced building materials and construction techniques, giving an insight on the contemporary architectural possibilities offered by modern engineering. A further objective is to promote practical thinking as a design compass.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • understand advanced building materials and techniques.
  • combine architectural and engineering thinking.
  • consider recent technologies for building design.
  • follow the usage of the different types of materials together.
Course Description The course lectures present a typology of special structural systems, usually involving non-conventional construction techniques and advanced engineering.The selected systems are described through actual examples illustrating their basic components, practical constraints, required resources, and application potential. The weekly lectures are combined with the hands-on part of the course, with students working in groups to construct simple structures in order to acquire a direct contact with materials and construction issues. This year, the topics will be variations of Platonic solids constructed at three scales utilizing faculty’s workshop facilities.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
X
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Required Materials
1 Introduction
2 Tensegrity Wiki: Tensegrity
3 Geodesic domes Wiki: Geodesic dome
4 Earth structures Wiki: Earth structure
5 Structural Insulated Panels Wiki: Structural insulated panel
6 Tensile & pneumatic structures Wiki: Tensile structure
7 Special wall systems Wiki: Double-skin facade
8 Midterm
9 Space frame structures Wiki: Space frame
10 Containers as building components Wiki: Intermodal container
11 Gabion structures Wiki: Gabion
12 Responsive architecture Wiki: Responsive architecture
13 Final project
14 Review of semester
15 Review of the Semester  
16 Review of the Semester  
Course Notes/Textbooks Weekly Powerpoint presentations.
Suggested Readings/Materials Web resources will be added during the semester via Blackboard. Student coursework will be based mainly on web search.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
14
15
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
2
25
Seminar / Workshop
1
30
Oral Exam
Midterm
1
10
Final Exam
1
20
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
19
80
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
20
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
10
1
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
2
20
Project
2
20
Seminar / Workshop
1
Oral Exam
Midterms
1
3
Final Exams
1
5
    Total
146

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

Ability to apply theoretical and technical knowledge in architecture.

X
2

Ability to understand, interpret and evaluate architectural concepts and theories.

X
3

Ability to take on responsibility as an individual and as a team member to solve complex problems in the practice of architecture.

 

X
4

Critical evaluation of acquired knowledge and skills to diagnose individual educational needs and to direct self-education.

X
5

Ability to communicate architectural ideas and proposals for solutions to architectural problems in visual, written and oral form.

X
6

Ability to support architectural thoughts and proposals for solutions to architectural problems with qualitative and quantitative data and to communicate these with specialists and non-specialists.

X
7

Ability to use a foreign language to follow developments in architecture and to communicate with colleagues.

X
8

Ability to use digital information and communication technologies at a level that is adequate to the discipline of architecture.

X
9

Being equipped with social, scientific and ethical values in the accumulation, interpretation and/or application of architectural data.

X
10

Ability to collaborate with other disciplines that are directly or indirectly related to architecture with basic knowledge in these disciplines.

X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

 

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