ARC 559

ARC 559– Light and Construction

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Course No.: 22830

Department: Architecture


Location: Diefendorf – 206

Meeting Day(s): Wednesday

Meeting Time: 8:30 - 11:10 AM

Faculty: MacKay

Faculty: MacKay

The constructed elements of the built environment which facilitate the distribution of light and air; doors, windows, skylights, clerestories, have become increasingly standardized and regulated. This situation is a logical result of both the technical complexity required to manufacture specific elements and the high risk of liability associated with the potential performance failure of these assemblies. However, architects have often bypassed standardized construction elements to develop innovative new solutions.  After operating a window manufacturing facility for nearly two decades, the Swedish architect Sigurd Lewerentz returned to practice in his later years to develop window assemblies of surprising simplicity and grace. The contemporary practice Studio Mumbai studies construction assemblies through scale models and engages craftsperson’s in the fabrication of these elements.

This course would have three major elements. The first will involve historical and contemporary readings and lectures on the role of light in architecture and the technical aspects of these building elements. The second will involve field trips to door/window fabricators, glass and glazing fabricators and luminaire manufacturers.  The third element of the course will involve the design, fabrication and assembly of a full scale window unit in the technical methods shop. During the design of the full scale window unit students will be expected to develop quarter scale models (with operable hardware) and detailed shop drawings sufficient for final fabrication.