The students are expected to familiarize themselves and be acquaint with:
-the special conditions of embodying a shelter building in the natural setting
-the critic exploration of different compositional and building principles
-the understanding of the architectural activity as significant thinking and design process
-the environmental design and functional organization of a building of middle-level complexity
Course Content (Syllabus)
SHELTERS: NOTIONS – VARIATIONS – ENVIRONMENT
The undergraduate course focuses in the spatial exploration of the concept of the shelter/refuge from within different alternative approaches. From the task of designing a building of middle-level compositional difficulty, with a small building program, the students experiment themselves with the different versions of the structural relationship between the outer shell of the building and the surrounding environment, in an attempt to synthesize the local with the international and train themselves in ways with which the design of space can define aspects of connecting the human dimension with the broader environment. The main task of the course is the integration of the proposal in its context, urban or suburban environment, depending on the type of the shelter, its harmonization with the context (mountainous, coastal or urban), the conjunction of the inner and outer spaces (closed, outdoor or semi-outdoor spaces), the significance of the materials and the sustainable dimension of the built and natural environment.