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Materials + Tectonics is part of a suite of four units in the degree core of the Bachelor of Architecture & Built Environments and the Spatial Design minor in the Bachelor of Design. These units introduce you to key ideas, principles and practices in spatial and built environment design disciplines.

In this unit you will develop skills in the design of diverse spatial environments through the creative manipulation of materials, surfaces and connections. Through hands-on experiments, research and field observations you will investigate the physical and experiential properties of materials and their broader relationships within social and cultural contexts and environmental systems. You will also examine the use of materials in historical and contemporary precedents and question the implications of new and emergent materials and fabrication techniques. Applying this knowledge to a topic of your own interest, you will undertake a series of speculative design inquiries and material explorations that test the limits and opportunities of particular materials, processes or techniques.

Summary 2020

Unit name Architecture Technology: Materials and Making
Unit code KDA139
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Architecture and Design
Discipline Architecture & Design

Louise Wallis

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes

ILO 1: Discuss the physical and experiential properties of materials in relation to their environmental, social and cultural contexts.
ILO 2: Create diverse spatial environments through the selection and manipulation of materials, surfaces and connections.
ILO 3: Evaluate design opportunities of new and emergent materials and fabrication technologies and their environmental, social and economic implications.



Teaching Pattern

Workshop - four-hours weekly


AT1 – Logbook (30%), AT2 – Precedents (30%)and AT3 – Manipulations (40%)

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