This course is an introduction to basic concepts of construction, materials and construction technology in relation to architectural design. The aim of the course is to teach a methodology that leads to finding structural and technical solutions, while connecting the process of construction with that of the architectural form. The course emphasizes the multidisciplinary relationships between architectural construction, detailing and final product. We are interested in utilizing the natural conditions for maximizing human comfort and protection from environmental conditions. Students need to get in touch with basic concepts of assembly techniques, materials’ properties, physical laws, structural stability and their relation to the environment and natural conditions.
Bearing in mind our attachment to visual clichés and stereotypes that impede free creative expression, it seeks, as a "liberating" exercise, to enhance the ability of first-year students to express, convey experiences, visually or tangibly, transcribe and solve constructive problems using different structural materials.
The course is structured through exercises aimed at acquiring intuitive static perception, the ability to transfer it to construction models, the development of construction and assembly skills as well as developing basic knowledge in construction at various scales.