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ARK336 - Material and detail
Syllabus adopted 2012-02-22 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPARC
15,0 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Architecture, Architecture and Engineering
Department: 55 - ARCHITECTURE

Teaching language: English
Block schedule: X

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0111 Project, part A 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    
0211 Project, part B 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    

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Tekniklektor  Magnus Persson


ARK335   Building and detail

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For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.


The course targets the understanding of a full project cycle from design to production for a project that is conducted on a digital platform. That is digital design (3D CAD), digital analysis and full scale digital production (CNC-production).
The course emphasizes collaboration with the industry and the actual full scale building. One specific material and production method is chosen for every year's course.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

control the different stages in the complete file-to-factory production chain.
This includes:
- parametric form finding in the software Grasshopper.
- production of input files to the CNC-manufacturing from a digital model.
- full scale CNC-production and assemblage of building parts in a collaborative process.


The course consists of three parts:
Part 1. Parametric design
The first three weeks are dedicated to learning and improving the skills in Grasshopper.
The actual task is to develop a parametrically controlled pattern for a 2D - surface. The task is made individually.
Part 2. Project
During the second part students will work in groups 1-2 p. and implement all the different stages from file to production in a given project. They will work with 3D-space-constructions.
Part 3. Full scale project
The course includes the full scale production of one of the projects from part 2.
Aspects like material efficiency, detail, assemblage and disassemblage, will be optimised in a collaborative process. A rigorous set of technical drawings will be produced that students can use for their portfolios.


Part 1 is individual.
Part 2 is individual or in small groups.
Part 3 is done jointly.


Recommended literature is handed out on the student portal.


Hand-ins for part 1 and 2. Attendance in part 3.

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