BUILDING PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT
ARCH232 - Architecture and Cultural History III
The third course in a series tracing the history of Western culture through its architecture from the early Paleolithic Age to the 20th century.
Students, in teams of 4-5, are tasked with collecting building performance measurements on assigned buildings in Portland, Oregon from different historic periods: pre-modern, modern, and after-modern. Through the use of a Vernier Labquest 2 and various sensors, the groups go to their respective building and observe and collect data by measuring the primary factors influencing human comfort: light intensity, UV-A, sound, ambient air temperature, and surface temperature. The intent is for each student to select a sensor and become educated in the building science phenomenon it can be used to measure. In this way, students become resident "experts" on a specific topic for their group. Each group collectively analyzes their data and synthesizes their findings with the knowledge acquired through class and literary research on their bulding, presenting their findings to the class. As a result, in the context of an architectural history course, students are able to understand the relationship between building performance and historic context as they compare their findings with buildings from different periods.
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