History of Building Technology

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    History of Building Technology

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Architecture, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    SARC 121 or 151; Students must provide a portfolio of work for pre-approval before International Orientation and Enrolment week at Victoria University of Wellington. Students can only submit portfolios in a CD, PDF, website or propger booklet format. Printouts are strongly discouraged. The portfolio must be an acurate representation of the student's skill set to date.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The historical, social and economic development of construction methods, materials and systems. The impact, relevance and importance of the scientific, industrial and information technology revolutions. Trends in the international development of building technology, with a primary focus on New Zealand.

    The scope of BILD 251 / SARC 251 extends from the technology associated with the classical architecture of the ancient Greek and Roman civilisations to the impacts of information technology as it affects the planning and construction of modern buildings, today and in the future, particularly in New Zealand.

    The evolution of modern building materials, methods and construction will be studied in the context of a number of specific periods and locations within which comparatively rapid development took place. These will include the explosion of creative energy that occurred in medieval Europe, the rapid social and technological developments of the Italian Renaissance; the impacts on building methods and technology of Empire and colonisation; and the technical and social upheaval of the Industrial Revolution. Particular attention will be directed to developments over the past two hundred years and their impact on the development and use of building technology in New Zealand

    Course Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1: locate, select and analyse a range of reference materials dealing with historical, cultural, physical, social, economic, scientific and technological aspects of common building technologies
    2: demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the evolution of common building technologies both internationally and in New Zealand
    3: communicate a critical assessment of the developments of a range of building technologies

    Assignment 1: Seminar & Research Essay 40%
    Assignment 2: Poster & Research Essay 40%
    Test 30 minute in-class test 20%

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