Undergraduate Studies

School of Architecture - Technical University of Crete

Small Scale Architecture and Object Design

The purpose of the course is to provide students with an adequate understanding of the importance of small-scale control in architectural and object design. Each course lasts five (5) hours (lecture and workshop), takes place once a week and is consisted of three parts. In the first part, a two-hour slideshow lecture is conducted followed by a discussion with students, where also potential questions are answered.

The second part of each course lasts about an hour and has a flexible structure, as it changes weekly. It can include film screenings, student presentations, exercises, discussions, etc. Finally, the third part, comprises work progress reviews, corrections, and remarks on the student projects.
The content of the lectures is not based on a linear chronological classification of ‘design history.’ On the contrary, they are distinguished for their thematic variety: housing, design of everyday objects, construction details and material categories are some of the topics on which the course focuses. The aim is to provide students with multiple triggers and stimulate them to explore for themselves the issues that interest them the most.

In lectures, exercises, and discussions during the course, particular attention is given to the construction methods of space and objects that are about to be presented as an example. Also, technical knowledge and information (materials, methods of fabrication, connecting points, joints, etc.) are emphasized, to help students comprehend the 'small scale' manufacturing process.


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