ATCS 6400 Sustainability & Tectonics

The course offers an opportunity to explore two major areas of building technology in greater depth. The first of these is sustainable design. While the concept of sustainable design is widely lauded, fundamental principles and techniques of implementation are less clearly understood. Sustainability will first be investigated regarding issues at the scale of the site, linking place and building. Subsequently sustainability at the scale of building systems and materials will be a major focus. The second focus of the course is tectonics, consideration of the physical conditions of architecture, including the logical application of materials and systems. These issues will be considered first in the relation between structure, envelope and finish conditions, particularly at the building perimeter. Subsequently, the interweaving of systems within the building and their expression will be the topic.