CREDITS: 1.00 LU/HSW/SD
The course provides clear information on a noteworthy architectural project that includes energy-efficient measures suitable for its a hot savannah location. Along with the explanatory text, you will be given pictures, technical drawings, sketches and a construction detail drawing. These will provide you with a general overview of the project and specific details of the technologies and materials used, with special focus on the sustainable strategies adopted during design and construction. On completing the course, you will have a clear understanding of how traditional and modern building techniques have been combined to advantage.
Learning Objectives – after reading this article and studying the drawings, you will be able to:
- Define how the Mapungubwe Interpretation Center makes use of traditional building materials to achieve its sustainability goals.
- Explain the benefits of using natural, zenithal light in the architectural setting of the Mapungubwe Interpretation Center.
- Explain how contemporary vault construction has led to a lighter weight structure.
- Identify, on the basis of the construction detail drawing, how traditional and modern building techniques have been integrated.