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This course is an introduction to the foundations of architectural construction and structures. It investigates the history and significance of building materials and the perception of architectural spaces in relation to their use. The structural, environmental and design implications of material characteristics and physical properties are explored in relation to masonry, concrete, timber, steel and glass. The construction of primary buildings elements including foundations, flooring, walls, openings, fenestration, roofing, stairs and lifts and their application in domestic settings are introduced. The conventions of construction drawings, relevant quality and performance standards and communication of relevant construction information are explored through case studies.

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Term 3



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