Emerging Materials OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Undergraduate Architecture Course on Emerging Building Materials

Published Feb 22, 2009

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'Emergent Materials II' is a free course offered by the MIT OpenCourseWare initiative. The course focuses on materials that can be made part of sustainable design practices. Students interested in Material Science, Civil Engineering and Architecture are encouraged to take advantage of this undergraduate-level course.

Emergent Materials II: Course Specifics

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Emergent Materials II: Course Description

'Emergent Materials II' is an OpenCourseWare provided for free by Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Architecture. The instructor is Professor John Fernandez who presents students with the opportunity to learn the practice of sustainable design. Not only is emphasis placed on the use contemporary materials for building architectural systems, but students will also learn how to appropriately choose from the vast array of available building materials. Students will examine the five material groups, which consist of metals, polymers, ceramics, composites and natural materials. Plus, there is an investigation of the data regarding the origins of various materials, material behaviors and uses in architectural basic design. In addition, Professor Fernandez reviews technical design methodologies and relates them to contemporary architectural systems and design and engineering techniques.

Course materials include downloadable lecture notes and a list of related readings. If you're interested in taking this free course, visit the emergent building materials course page.

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