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UB Undergraduate Academic Schedule: Spring 2018

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    ARC 486LEC - Arch Special Topics Lectr
    Arch Special Topics Lectr A589 Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
    Class #:   21041   Enrollment Capacity:   15
    Section:   A589   Enrollment Total:   0
    Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   15
    Dates:   01/29/2018 - 05/11/2018   Status:   OPEN WITH RESERVES
    Days, Time:   R , 8:10 AM - 10:50 AM
    Room:   Hayes 217 view map
    Location:   South Campus      
    Reserve Capacities
    Description Enrollment Capacity Enrollment Total  
    Force Reg: Seats Reserved 5 0  
    Senior Only Reserved 10 0  
    ARC 486/589: LOGGING Credit Hours: 3.0 Credits Class Hours: Thursdays, 11:00-1:40pm Instructor: Christopher Romano ELIGIBILITY: UNDERGRADUATE/GRADUATE/ARCHITECUTRE MINORS COURSE DESCRIPTION: Largely overlooked in the development of Modernism, enthusiasm for solid wood architecture, also referred to as mass timber, is growing rapidly among architects and designers. Quests for material performance, taller building heights, structural innovation, and new architectural styles conspired to stem advancements in wood craftsmanship during the last 200 years. Steel and concrete rose to new heights in European and North American cultural centers during the 19th and 20 centuries. Meanwhile, wood became associated with lower-grade and lower-cost construction ? buildings of lesser stature, safety, and durability. The wide-spread adoption of concrete and steel, coupled with the enormous manufacturing infrastructure for these materials and building codes that favored non-combustible construction led to their dominance, and a general lack of investigation in other materials. Driven by both technological advances and the growing concern for ecology and sustainable construction practices, wood has become competitive with concrete and steel in terms of industrialized manufacturing, prefabrication, and the necessity of rapid site erection. Thus, after a century of decline, wood is finding its way back to the forefront of architecture. This course will begin with an examination of timber construction in large-scale, non-residential buildings through historical analysis, contemporary case studies, in-situ visits to the forest, and tours of the regional logging industry. It will conclude with a series of small-scale material experiments that will aim to speculate on the constructive, material, spatial, formal, and cultural attributes of solid wood structures.
    Enrollment Requirements
    Prerequisites: Pre-requisite: Architecture majors or Architecture Minors or Permission of Advisement only.
      Course Description
    The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply. Topics vary annually. Past topics addressed issues in architecture, planning, and design. May be offered on an intermittent basis.
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