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.
|Unit name||Materials and Tectonics|
|Faculty/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
|Discipline||Architecture & Design|
|Available as student elective?||No|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).
Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.
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.
|Band||CSP Student Contribution||Full Fee Paying (domestic)||Field of Education|
|2||2020: $1,190.00||2020: $2,402.00||040101|
Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.
Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
Workshop - four-hours weekly
AT1 – Logbook (30%), AT2 – Precedents (30%)and AT3 – Manipulations (40%)
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
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