SPECIAL TOPICS: Build, Test, Iterate, Repeat
Architecture is a visual field – we explore ideas through sketches, models, renderings, etc, yet we only explore principles of building science and technology through complicated models and equations. In this course, students will explore ways to understand, visualize and communicate basic thermodynamic phenomena in a physical and tangible way.
Working either independently or in small teams (depending on shared interest), students will design, build, and conduct physical experiments to explore ideas found in nature, science, architecture, or any combination of the three. Students will write about their processes and findings using the conventional scientific method, however, the intent of these experiments is to identify and articulate phenomena, not to quantify specific heat and mass transfer values.