Arch 169: Special Topics in Construction Materials
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ON CHERRY TREES AND ENTROPY
A course the ecology of construction materials: how raw materials are transformed into building components, assembled, then torn down and disposed of at the end of their life-cycle, and how these trajectories interact with the environment. In real life.
Starting point of the course is Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, first published in 2002. That book carries a somewhat problematic legacy now, but the utopia it lined had a tremendous impact on architecture, design, manufacturing and politics. We will use the book and its visionary tale as a prism to look at the more dismal reality in the field.
Alongside lectures, films and seminars, the course will include visits to state-of-the-art demolition sites and materials recovery facilities in the East-Bay area. Empirical evidence will help students assess wether the vision of closed-loop building materials cycles may become reality, or wether the Entropy Law, the second law of thermodynamics, is doomed to prevail?
- Taught by Lionel Devlieger
- Monday and Thursday 9-12
- Summer session C
- 3 units
- Approved for the Sustainable Design Minor (List 1)