One to one: an introduction to construction technology for 1st year architecture students: exhibition presentation

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Description of Teaching, Learning and Inclusivity: First Year BA one-to-One building technology Project: As presented as part of conference exhibition at the AAE 2017 conference. Development of Skills/Ability. Teaching a very diverse cohort requires innovative methods of approach. This includes the development of learning environments were students are placed on an equal footing. Learn to appreciate their diverse knowledge or skills for a group learning project, with room for individual areas of responsibility. Introduction of Core Knowledge through a detailed engagement with technology and building systems. The First Year BA One-to-One Technology Module of study is an Annual project. It is set-up as a Group Learning project were students are introduced to a contemporary building methodology, through a series of Historical development lecture, and Material and system design workshops. The material system is changed each year, and is broadly positioned under the title, “Do more with less”. Culminating in a group Project Document which includes project work analysis, Group roles and responsibilities including Gant chart resource management, Project Timetables, Design Development and Precedent study. Content of this document is designed to mimic the contents of reports produced within Architecture and Construction professional offices. It is envisaged that the project encourages direct and indirect learning, (peer learning). For the 2014-15 One to One Project, the Students worked in groups to design, construct and record the development of a number of non-reinforced brick components and structures, Roman Arch – Catalan Vault – Deformed Wall. Highly skilled crafts people or robotic construction arms usually produce these. Often these structures are reinforced using expensive and fallible metal components. Refection on Global Construction Conditions: Our students were asked to question these conditions of production, through a design process leading to the construction of non-reinforced masonry structures, which might have global application. They were tasked to produce formwork, which could be delivered as pdf files, to any part of the world. The formwork was designed be realised using ubiquitous and cheap materials such as packing cardboard. These locally fabricated formworks should in term, guide semi-skilled builders to produce high performance brick building components with the minimum of craft training. Industry sponsorship and funding: All masonry building materials for this project were donated by Hanson Building Products. £9,000 of Bricks and Brick slips at whole sale prices. Culminating in a group Project Document which includes project work analysis, Group roles and responsibilities including Gant chart resource management, Project Timetables, Design Development and Precedent study. Content of this document is designed to mimic the contents of reports produced within Architecture and Construction professional offices. It is envisaged that the project encourages direct and indirect learning, (peer learning). For the 2014-15 One to One Project, the Students worked in groups to design, construct and record the development of a number of nonreinforced brick components and structures, Roman Arch – Catalan Vault – Deformed Wall. Highly skilled crafts people or robotic construction arms usually produce these. Often these structures are reinforced using expensive and fallible metal components. Refection on Global Construction Conditions: Our students were asked to question these conditions of production, through a design process leading to the construction of non-reinforced masonry structures, which might have global application. They were tasked to produce formwork, which could be delivered as pdf files, to any part of the world. The formwork was designed be realised using ubiquitous and cheep materials such as packing cardboard. These locally fabricated formworks should in term, guide semi-skilled builders to produce high performance brick building components with the minimum of craft training. Industry sponsorship and funding: All masonry building materials for this project were donated by Hanson Building Products. £9,000 of Bricks and Brick slips at whole sale prices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages0-0
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sep 2017
EventArchitecture connects: AAE 2017 conference - Oxford Brookes, 6-9 September 2017
Duration: 6 Sep 2017 → …

Conference

ConferenceArchitecture connects: AAE 2017 conference
Period6/09/17 → …

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