TS4 - Piece by Piece

Built architecture is an organization of component elements: pieces. In each architectural proposition, there is the potential to expand the repertoire of componentry by designing bespoke pieces that respond to the functional requirements, manufacturing processes and assembly conditions. The course will focus on learning about technical innovation by examining detailed case studies, chosen as exemplar ‘pieces’.

We will research through group work; tracking down drawings and specifications of the pieces, and developing a critical analysis to explain the material selection, tools, context and functionality. The work will be centered on the construction of full-scale reverse-engineered prototypes.

We will gain an understanding of innovative materials, processes and applications and also the ability to scrutinize the technology of these building elements and develop the knowledge and skills to confidently apply this type of thinking to our own architecture.


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