Architecture and Construction: Casus

Course Code :1065FOWARC
Study domain:Architecture
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st semester
Sequentiality:The student enrolling for 1036FOWARC should also register for 1060FOWARC + 1061FOWARC + 1019FOWARC
Contact hours:94
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Christiaan Mys
Gert Van Echelpoel
Johan Van Rompaey
Marc Vandebroek
Elsie De Vos
Erik Wieers
Koen Heyvaert
Filip Hanjoul
Joseph Meers
Wannes Peeters
Jan De Bie

3. Course contents *


This course is part of the module Architecture and Construction.  The overall principe of a module is that a theoritical course is strongly related to the courses 'casus' and 'architectonic design'.  In this manner the theoritical knowledge will always be transferred to the (professional) reality and the outcome-centredness is assured.

The theory is intensely related with casus, that in its turn substantiates the architectonic design.  Casus always refers to the reality, helps the student to explore the built environment and his position as designer and to design by research, with sufficient attention for intuition, emotion and empathy.  In the architectonic designing the student achieves synthesis.  He learns to approach the spatial problems in an integrated way, always in a by the teachers clearly defined context.

The acquiring of different tools for designing and for researching are intertwined in the different courses.  They are not separate courses but are built up systematically throughout the whole education program.

As the courses in a module are strongly related, substantively as well as organisatorily, it is obligatory that, at the first applying, they are studied simultaneously.  Still they are mentored and evaluated separately and they can be repeated separately.


Teachers : Kris Mys, Koen Heyvaert, Wannes Peeters, Filip Hanjoul

Teaching by theory tutors : Marc Vandebroek, Johan Van Rompaey

The relation among the structural, constructive and bulding-fysical origins of the construction and tectonics of a building is established.  The shift from the construction of buildings to the construction of culture and meaning is explored.  The issues of sustainability and environmental care are studied in a survey-exercise about references, an analysis-exercise of existing examples and a designing-exercise wherein materials and structures are investigated.

This study leads the student to the issue of scale, for overall image to detail.  Movement, tolerance and margin in the joints are practised.

In the two project-weeks experiments with materials and construction-systems are set up in a artisan and handy way.

Digital designing : Revit