Beginning with the measure of a room, basic spatial comprehension is exercised and converted into a technical hand drawing. Further refinement takes place through exercises for plan presentation at different scales, on the basis of known architectural works.
A design theme of the exercise Form and Design will be refined technically and constructively in the course, with the resulting problems understood and solved as integral components of the design. Technological support for many aspects of this course can be found in the lecture Construction 1.
At the end of the winter semester, the project “Concrete Casting” presents an opportunity to work with the material and its intrinsic properties as a plastic-liquid mass. Through this project students experience first-hand the material behaviors of concrete.
After successfully completing the course, students have developed a basic understanding of the relationships between material, construction, and form, and the principles that underlie these relationships. They have acquired knowledge, on the one hand, that is a prerequisite for practical work in accompanying courses (such as building materials and structural design), while on the other hand acquiring the bases for further study, building off of this course.
The Construction 2 seminar consists of two partial exercises, each focusing on a different structural framing method. In the first part of the exercise, students design a building using timber frame construction, with a focus on the application of wood as a building material and the understanding of its constructive and structural peculiarities.
The second part of the exercise deals with a steel frame structure, taking a real building site and its environmental influences into consideration in the design. The basic theme of this partial exercise is a cantilevered or structurally challenging steel construction and its material-specific design features. This seminar is supported by content from the lecture Construction 2 and by individual support in building physical models of their design.
The aim of this course is that students learn to apply knowledge of constructive solutions for timber and steel frame constructions. They acquire skills and understanding of different materials, construction methods and form, and of the inherent relationships between architectural design and construction.