Taubman College

Course List

Term Winter 2012
Class ARCH 507
Class Title Locatectonics: field research in regional building practices
Description This course focuses on the field implementation of investigative construction practices related to the sustainable use of regional
manufacture materials. Because pre-electrification technologies most often employed environmentally sustainable materials and
methods, the objective of the seminar is to revisit 19th century building technologies through contemporary architectural practices.
By researching regionally manufactured materials student will investigate and develop new construction methods apt to fit into current
and future industrial manufacturing streams. Students will first be introduced to building assembly systems related to current
and historic construction practices. They will become familiar with the specific material manufacturing processes of a number of
regional industries and will analyze a series innovative architectural case-studies that relate to their research. Finally students will
develop a project that synthesizes their research into a specific material application. Research developed in this seminar will be used
for the development of design build projects in a digital fabrication course to be launched in the Spring/Summer term.
Prereq none entered yet
Crosslist none
Required No
Elective Yes
Selective No
Meets Thursdays 9:00am-12:00pm West Review
Credits 3
Faculty Steven Mankouche
Syllabus Arch507_Mankouche_Winter12.pdf