061-0107-00L  Materials and Construction I

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersT. Galí-Izard
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


061-0107-00 GMaterials and Construction I Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
Irregular course.
Module dates 13.11. - 23.11. The detailed course schedule is published at the beginning of the semester on the program website and is included in the reader.
36s hrs
13.11. - 22.11.08:50-11:30HIL G 64 »
16.11.08:50-17:30HIL G 64 »
23.11.08:50-17:30HIL G 64 »
T. Galí-Izard

Catalogue data

AbstractFocused on ground materiality, this course explores constructed potentials of working with biotic and abiotic materials, and techniques for modifying ground conditions. The shape and properties of the ground are fundamental for water movement, vegetative growth and microclimatic conditions on site. Learning the mechanisms for transforming earth’s surface opens up site-based design possibilities.
ObjectiveStudents learn comprehensive skills for reading and modifying topography, soil and water, and for working with material life-cycles, behaviors and qualities to define new potentials for the constructed ground.
ContentThrough a series of lectures, short exercises and on-site fieldwork, this course teaches the fundamental techniques of land, water and substrate manipulation, focusing on earthwork, drainage, soil and material properties. During the two-week module, students learn analog and digital grading techniques in Rhino and Grasshopper, and experiment with techniques for working with hybrid materials.

The fundamental course Materials and Construction I (13th November – 24th November 2023) is closely linked to the Foundation Studio I course.
Lecture notesA course reader is provided during the course.
LiteratureRelevant literature is included in the reader.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course is aimed exclusively at the students of the master's program in landscape architecture.

The detailed course schedule is provided at the beginning of the semester and is included in the reader.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesassessed
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityassessed
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsassessed
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered
Self-direction and Self-management fostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersT. Galí-Izard
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationAssessment will be based on semester performance and end of semester at-home exercise.

Learning materials

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General : Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupLandscape Architecture MSc (061000)

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Landscape Architecture MasterCompulsory Basic CoursesOInformation