Elizabeth M Golden
Instructor-initiated and department-approved systematic study and offering of specialized subject matter. Topics vary and are announced in preceding quarter.
Traditional Building Methods: New Adaptations-
Course explores recent developments in traditional building techniques, the resurgence of interest in handmade buildings, as well as the use of local materials in building construction. This course will also examine why these materials and methods are becoming critical to communities around the world, and how they can be optimized to meet our requirements in the 21st century. Methods used for optimization include (but are not limited to): computer simulation, prefabrication, and the global transfer of craft knowledge.
Course will cover the evolution of natural / local materials, and their uses in contemporary case studies. Techniques/materials covered will be: earth construction, plant-based building materials, reclaimed and reused materials, standard building products enhanced with natural materials.
This course is a Graduate Seminar Selective, but is also open to upper-level undergraduate architecture students.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Case study presentations will be the primary method of investigation for this course, in addition to a materials design project and student research presentations.
Class assignments and grading