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Site Strategies
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This course will introduce the design fundamentals of site to architects.  Topics will include:

  • Documenting, analyzing, and representing site conditions at multiple scales
  • Conceptual approaches to building/site relationships
  • Hydrology and its role in site design
  • Soils and their impact on land use and building construction
  • Use of contours to represent land form and grading
  • Basic concepts of site engineering including cut and fill, grading, drainage
  • Design themes for paved surfaces:  roads, paths, plazas
  • Design themes for planted form
  • Legal issues in site design (zoning, ADA, building codes)
  • Site Representation in design
  • Ethics and ecological consequences of site interventions

Students will acquire a deeper understanding of how sites can inform their design process. This will be supported by practical studies of site analysis, scale, context, topography, grading terminology and formulas, drainage patterns, and accessibility issues. The course will also introduce the challenges and opportunities of urban sites in regards to soils, stormwater management, and vegetation. Students will be introduced to a range of conceptual strategies for engaging the relationship between site and building, and the designer’s ethical responsibilities to the larger ecological, social, and cultural contexts of design. Students will look at sites as natural and cultural, and explore representation techniques for analyzing and describing site characteristics.

Fall 2016 Course Description

More detailed course descriptions can be found here.


Old Course Numbers: ATCS 3010/6110

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Technological Systems