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Research : 0.00 {Materials}

You will work in groups of two to develop research around a general building material. You will create a blog post (or several) that explain different aspects of the material as described below. Every group will also create a detail in CAD that shows a typical construction application of the material in plan and section at 1/4″ = 1′ on a tabloid layout. This layout will be printed as a PDF file and attached to one of the blog posts. You should pay attention to other examples of drafted details you find in your research and from examples given in studio.

Each material has specific properties that affect how they can be used in construction and therefore are integral in the design proposals you will be developing as we move forward. For each material you should focus on the following at a minimum.

Construction Aggregate

  • Types (sand, gravel, pea, crushed)
  • Typical Mixes (charleston, decomposed granite, etc)
  • Construction methods

Brick Paving

  • Typical Unit
  • Courses
  • Typical Paving Patterns


  • Typical Applications
  • Decorative
  • Pavers

Precast Concrete Pavers

  • Typical Application
  • Modules
  • Manufacturing of Units

Cast-In-Place Concrete

  • Construction Process
  • Joints
  • Finishes


  • Types (iron, steel, stainless steel, aluminum)
  • Typical Uses (mesh, fencing, surface, etc)


  • Characteristics
  • Types (bluestone, flagstone, granite, limestone, sandstone, slate)
  • Typical Applications


  • Types (pines, cedar, fir, teak, ipe)
  • Modules
  • Finishes and Treatment

Other Resources

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