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Course detail

Space and Light in Architecture

Course unit code: FA-PSA
Academic year: 2010/2011
Type of course unit: compulsory-optional
Level of course unit: Bachelor's (1st cycle)
Year of study: 4
Semester: winter
Number of ECTS credits:
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.
Mode of delivery:
90 % face-to-face, 10 % distance learning
Rudiments in architectural composition
Not applicable.
Recommended optional programme components:
Not applicable.
Course contents (annotation):
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.
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:

Seminar: 26 hours, compulsory
Teacher / Lecturer: doc. Ing. arch. Jiří Palacký, Ph.D.

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