Arch 169: Special Topics in Construction Materials

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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)