Course detail

Space and Light in Architecture

FA-PSACompulsory-optionalBachelor's (1st cycle)Acad. year: 2010/2011Winter semester4. year of study2  credits

This seminar is focusing on the use of light in space creation. The hands-on-training is based on a model of practical forming of spatial forms from flat materials (cardboard, polypropylene etc.). Each student becomes subsequently acquainted with spatially coherent forms, methods of forming and geometrical representation. Each student also creates a model in the end - an individually designed prototype.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Acquirement of the basics of parametric modeling and verification of its qualities and behavior on a physical model made from paper.


Rudiments in architectural composition


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Aranda, B.: Tooling (Pamphlet Architecture) - Princeton Architectural Press, 2006. (EN)
Lynn, G.: Folding in Architecture (Architectural Design Profile) - John Wiley & Sons, 2004 (EN)
Vyzoviti, S.: Folding architecture: Spatial, Structural and Organizational Diagrams - BIS Publishers, 2004 (EN)
Vyzoviti, S.: Supersurfaces: Folding as a Form Generation Method in Architecture - BIS Publishers, 2006 (EN)
Lowther, C.: Bright: Architecural Illumination and Light Installations – Frame Publishers, 2008 (EN)
Moussavi, F.: The Function of Form - Actar and the Harward University Graduate School of Design, 2009 (EN)
Payne, A.: The Grasshopper Primer, Second edition – LIFT architects, 2009 (EN)
Pottmann, H.: Architectural Geometry – Bentley Institute Press, 2007 (EN)
Tedeschi A.: Parametric Architecture with Grasshopper – Primer, Le Penseur, 2011 (EN)
Brogan J.: Light in Architecture, AD - Architectural Design Profile, John Wiley Sons, 1997 (EN)
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Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Regular attendance and continual evolving of ideas during the course of study as well as creation and final presentation of original proposal will be put into consideration during final marking.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. material - cardboard - forming and construction material
2. point, line, surface, form - coherence and geometry
3. study of workflows, folding methods and forming
4. simple, free and exact forms
5. Platonic solids
6. surface defined by B-splines
7. rasters and trianguar surfaces, structures and vaults
8. development of individualy designed component
9. growth and evolvement of structive principles into surface and space
10. model and a technical drawing of forming procedure
11. application of skills and theory in architectural space creation - taking into account qualities and incidence of light and color
12. technical tuition, material selection (plastic film, sheet metal, paper)
13. construction, forming, assembly, exhibition



Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Students are required to attend on regular basis. In order to pass each student is required to submit an original proposal.

Type of course unit



26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer