The Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (C.A.S.T.) institutes a new approach to teaching building technology where the study of design, building technology, materials, and construction are approached with a spirit of exploration. Physical and intellectual knowledge are joined here in hands-on experiment, constructions, and studies.
The design of the C.A.S.T. laboratory itself serves as a “living textbook” of technical knowledge; the building’s structural, electrical, and mechanical systems are all completely visible, facilitating on-site lectures and analysis projects, making it a three-dimensional resource for teaching building technology to both architecture and engineering students alike. Our goal is to augment conventional text book-based information with direct physical knowledge that our students can touch, see, experience and remember.