GSD Course Bulletin - Fall 2011

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Courses taught by Martin Bechthold

06429: Material Processes and Systems: Ceramic LAB (SCI 0642900)

Architecture
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Monday 11:30 - 2:00   7 Sumner 104

Instructor(s)
Martin Bechthold

Course Description

The first meeting of 6429 will take place on September 6th at 6 PM in room 508.
This class explores how innovative building components and building system design emerge through material-based design strategies that are informed by innovative fabrication technologies. As a first in a series of courses, the material and process focus for this semester's course is clay-based ceramics. Materials, along with other factors, have long been a key consideration in the design of building components and, ultimately, in the conception of architecture. While many materials have changed little over their long history, others have become recently available, or are just emerging. Along with materials themselves the available processes to shape them evolve constantly, and new processes and technologies emerge. The evolution of materials and their related fabrication processes require a constant re-thinking of design approaches in the quest for improved or even completely new applications.Ceramics have a long history as material in architecture. The dominance of the ubiquitous tile is now challenged by newly emerging ways of robotically manipulating the fabrication as well as the assembly process. Craft-based manufacturing and high-volume industrial production of clay-based ceramics are both affected by digital and robotic fabrication techniques, but exactly how the new tools are to enable new ceramic products remains poorly understood. The course sets out to study the relationship between the material and new fabrication technologies in the quest for innovative architectural components that address today's challenges. The focus on the specifics of ceramics as a material class is looked at as a microcosm that allows an understanding of general issues in the theory and practice of digital/robotic fabrication. Research methodologies in fabrication related technology research are also addressed. The course introduces students to the fundamentals of material and digital/robotic fabrication technologies, with the goal of promoting design exploration. Case studies serve as introductions to both the material culture and to research methods. Hands-on prototypes and experiments have a central role in informing student research studies. The final product of the course will be a series of experimental ceramic prototypes.


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09112: Lifecycle Design (ADV 0911200)

Architecture
Seminar - 4 credits - Limited enrollment
Friday 9:00 - 12:00   7 Sumner 104

Instructor(s)
Martin Bechthold

Course Description

The construction, maintenance and operation of the built environment consume significant resources in a world of rapidly depleting natural reserves. As our ability to design energy efficient buildings increases buildings consume relatively fewer resources through their operation. Consequently, the focus of sustainable design shifts increasingly towards the evaluation and thoughtful deployment of building materials themselves. Instead of using materials from primary resources, future buildings and other elements of the built environment will have to rely increasingly on the use of recycled materials. Issues of industrial ecology are becoming increasingly relevant in the building design process, but design methods, performance evaluation, assessment frameworks and economic models for use of recycled materials in building products remain poorly understood. The research seminar/workshop studies the broader issues of lifecycle design using recycled materials, with a special interest in components for the building envelope. In a workshop format students will be introduced to the fundamentals of lifecycle assessment, product development and prototyping, manufacturing processes, market research and business aspects of product development, as well as design for production, for assembly and for disassembly. Case studies and readings will complement lectures and discussions. Working in small groups, students will develop proposals and prototypes for building components based on recycled materials, and conduct initial studies on lifecycle assessments, design potential, assembly and construction integration. The course will be taught in collaboration with Miniwiz, a Taiwan-based company focused on sustainable product development. A field trip to Taiwan is offered to participating students as an opportunity to study, first hand, local issues of industrial ecology, recycling streams, and sustainable product innovation by visiting relevant sites and meeting stakeholders. A building construction site in Taiwan will serve as the context for newly developed product proposals, with the possibility of actually producing and testing prototypes initially developed during the course. (Participating students will be term billed $300 for international travel. This cost does not include meals and incidentals, such as visas, immunizations, local travel, etc.)


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09504: Thesis in Satisfaction of the Degree Doctor of Design (ADV 0950400)

Architecture
Independent Study - 16 credits

Instructor(s)
Anita Berrizbeitia, Richard Peiser, Peter Rowe, A. Hashim Sarkis, Charles Waldheim, Martin Bechthold, Christoph Reinhart, Spiro Pollalis

Course Description

Under guidance of a faculty committee, the student conducts investigations and prepares a doctoral thesis.


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09506: Thesis Extension in Satisfaction of Degree Doctor of Design (ADV 0950600)

Landscape Architecture
Independent Study - 16 credits

Instructor(s)
Martin Bechthold, Joan Busquets, Judith Grant Long, Antoine Picon, Christoph Reinhart, Peter Rowe, A. Hashim Sarkis

Course Description

Under guidance of a faculty committee, the student conducts investigations and prepares a doctoral thesis.


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