Fall semester only; Th 1:00–3:30 p.m., Anderson Hall
Small, focused, intermediate-level course in discussion, workshop and/or design-based format on topics related to current research in architecture. Open to qualified non-architecture students, juniors, and above. Space is limited and registration does not guarantee a space in this course. The final course roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor. 
The seminar explores the tectonic potential latent in heavy timber in construction systems. As carbon emissions emerge as the driver for new economies, building with wood increasingly becomes a realistic alternative to typical construction systems for mass housing, such as steel or concrete. Interestingly enough, most current research on high-rise timber construction tends to focus on purely technical issues ignoring the constructive and aesthetic potentials of this new building method. This seminar produces a catalog of new possibilities that will capitalize on the formal and technical potential of an emerging construction material focusing on precisely on the scale that goes from the construction detail to the repetitive structural system.
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