Building Science III
- 4 units
Prerequisite(s): ARCH 405aL Design of building systems as an experimental process.
- 205aLBuilding Science IBuilding Science I
This course will help the student comprehend the nature of beauty in our surroundings, and to create an appreciation and understanding of how and why these systems of beauty are established. The primary objective is to expose the student to current issues related to design in architecture, and to teach the intrinsic nature of architecture developed through principles based on the construction process. These topics are indications of the various value systems that come into play in the contemporary field of architecture. Understanding this and becoming aware that design is a synthetic process that is a balance of many concerns is a major objective of the course.
The course will explore basic principals of 2 and 3 dimensional compositions though a series of design exercises, lectures, and critiques; focusing on the intrinsic properties of materials applied in structural and conceptual expression. Emphasis is placed on design as a creative, conceptually driven, iterative process. Attention is given to theories of context, unity, order, proportion, shape, balance, form, and space as they apply to abstract composition and structural design. Expression of ideas and values present in physical form are explored through observation, analysis, transformation, and synthesis. Students develop and document projects using a variety of means, including model making, REVIT or OTHER software programs, sketching, mechanical drawing, and photography. Project craft and execution are emphasized. The process and communication of building design: physical building shell, systems for structure, enclosure, and space ordering.
Prerequisite(s): CE 107
- 205bLBuilding Science IBuilding Science I
The process and communication of building design: physical building shell, systems for structure, enclosure, and space ordering.
Prerequisite: CE 107.
- 305aLBuilding Science IIBuilding Science IIPrerequisite(s): ARCH 205abL Sufficient overview of the wood, steel, concrete designs and detailing would be provided to the students during the course for them to complete required engineering task. In addition, wind and seismic provisions from current building code would be presented during the course to help students to apply theory to practice.
- 305bLBuilding Science IIBuilding Science IIPrerequisite(s): ARCH 305aL During this course, students will explore design alternatives of various architectural structures using wood, steel, masonry, and concrete materials with emphasis on lateral load design using Rigid Diaphragms. Sufficient overview of the wood, steel, masonry, concrete designs and detailing would be provided to the students during the course for them to complete required engineering task. In addition, wind and seismic provisions from current building code would be presented during the course to help students to apply theory to practice.
- 405aLBuilding Science IIIBuilding Science IIIPrerequisite(s): ARCH 305abL Design of building systems as an experimental process.
- 405bLBuilding Science IIIBuilding Science IIIPrerequisite(s): ARCH 405aL Design of building systems as an experimental process.
- 418Designing with Natural ForcesDesigning with Natural ForcesA look at the past, present, and (possible) future of buildings that respond to natural forces. Lecture and discussion classes will examine the history of designing with natural forces with an eye to adapting these techniques into current and future work. The semester project will apply the concepts discussed in class to a hypothetical construction in a location with extreme natural forces. Students will leave the class with a practical understanding of natural forces, as well as their impact on the design process and the built environment at large.
- 419Architectural Sustainability Tools and MethodsArchitectural Sustainability Tools and MethodsWhat is sustainable design? How do you do it? And how do you know when you have succeeded? With the mainstream acceptance of the green building movement, an increasing number of buildings are promoted as examples of green or sustainable design. However, many “green” buildings do not live up to even basic expectations for resource efficiency, are expensive and accessible to only a small fraction of the population, create environments that are unhealthy, have life-spans that are short-lived due to their inability to adapt to changing end-user needs, and fail to create a meaningful sense of place or community. Defining sustainability requires accounting for the complex interaction of cultural, political, economic and ecological issues encompassing each project. And, it requires understanding how intervention at the scale of a single project can work to support outcomes at the scale of the street, neighborhood, district and beyond. This course begins by setting the context of the present crisis and the complex interconnections that exist. We will then attempt to dismantle the preconceived, incorrect understandings of “green” design and develop appropriate, fundamental principles for a sustainable built environment through a critical examination of existing sustainability metrics and rating systems. Throughout the semester, the course will establish knowledge of sustainable design principles through exploration of central concepts (e.g. resource efficiency, environmental responsiveness, adaptability, life-cycle assessment, place / placelessness), case studies of innovative projects, software tools, and self-directed research. In addition to Los Angeles, a range of urban (and urbanizing) locations across the world will serve as laboratories for investigation. The final third of the semester will be spent examining how specific sustainability performance objectives and strategies can be applied to develop innovative and holistic architectural proposals.