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Housing Design: from Concept to Fabrication

Ended Nov 12, 2015

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Starts September 7, 2015

Building a house has evolved over centuries from providing rudimentary shelter, through increasing personalisation, to the sophisticated multifunctional buildings of today. These building can be designed to minimise visual impact on the environment and on global resources, in both their construction and day-to-day running. In the dark days of the early 20th century, mass housing provisioned many of the niceties. Design considerations were given less attention, but now design processes have evolved to more actively consider the needs of the users, to provide housing spaces which are both functional and pleasant spaces to be.

Using a simplified model of a house, this course leads you through the house design process from initial design considerations to the final fabrication methods that are possible using digital technologies. It provides you with the background knowledge to explore key parameters in the design of a building through integrating five main topics and asks you to practice using design skills and some of the associated software tools. The five topics are:

  • Participatory Process 
  • Energy Efficiency 
  • Sustainable Materials 
  • Parametric Design 
  • Digital Fabrication

Week by week, the course builds your knowledge and sets your targets, leading you through the stages to produce your own design in the final week.

Heinrich Piko

Heinrich Piko is an architect and assistant professor at the Faculty of Architecture of the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. His field in research, in education and in design practice is sustainable and energy-efficient architecture. He was the leading author of the books Efficient Housing (Efektívne bývanie, Eurostav 2008) and Manual of Sustainable Architecture (Rukoväť udržateľnej architektúry, SKA 2013). He is chairman of the Passive House Institut in Slovakia and founding member of ArTUR organisation, dealing with natural building materials and quality of the indoor environment.

Elina Pattichi

Eleni Pattichi holds B-Arch with Honors from the National Technical University of Athens and March from the Architectural Association, Design Research Laboratory. She is founder and director of the young and internationally awarded architectural firm EPArchitects and the interdisciplinary collaborative group ATRAKTOS.co that is dealing with research and teaching on CAD-CAM technologies. E. Pattichi is currently collaborating with professor Nadia Charalambous in the international project OIKOnet representing the Department of Architecture of the University of Cyprus (UCY). She has taught at the University of Nicosia and in the Architectural Association Visiting School and has worked as a researcher at UCY for research proposals.

Alexandra Paio

Alexandra Paio is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture and Urbanism at ISCTE-IUL, Director and Researcher of VitruviusFabLab-IUL and Researcher at ISTAR-IUL, Co-Director of Advanced Studies in Digital Architecture (ISCTE-IUL+FAUP). She holds a PhD in Architecture and Urbanism from ISCTE-IUL. Her main research interests are Computational Design, Digital tools and processes to support the creative design, Interactive architecture, Shape Grammars, and Digital Fabrication.

Nadia Charalambous

Nadia Charalambous trained as an architect and has been working as an academic and researcher at the University of Cyprus since 2008. Underpinning all research and professional activities is a continuous interest in the socio-spatial dimensions of society and culture through a combination of spatial and social research methods. Research work investigates the complex relationship between urban form, housing and segregation through time and its implications for architectural education.

Vasco Moreira Rato

Vasco Moreira Rato is assistant professor at the Dpt. of Architecture and Urbanism, ISCTE-IUL, where he coordinates the scientific area of architecture and building technology. Architect, MSc. in Construction and PhD. in Civil Eng. (Rehabilitation). Experience in materials, architectural conservation, construction technology and energy efficiency in buildings. Currently, he develops teaching and research activities related to sustainability, energy efficiency and materials in architecture.