Construction Systems

In this course we examine architecture as the manifestation of logics of systems, assemblies, and materials.  We seek to understand how component assemblies have evolved over time, what sorts of physical forces act on building elements at various scales, and how the materials and processes used in construction impact our ecosystem.  We sample the techniques and technologies of construction and survey the regulations and standards that govern construction practices. Through the critical study of precedents we measure the successes or failures of our predecessors and learn to establish criteria and evaluate performance.

Construction systems will be analyzed and invented using various means of study and representation: observation, research, writing, sketching, technical drawing and modeling.