Paper Architectures and Sustainable Materials

Curricular Unit, type Elective
U Lisbon, Faculty of Architecture


Curricular Programme

Contact hours:
42 Laboratory Hours

Estimated Workload:
100 Hours

3,0 ECTS Credits

Develop sensitivity and the construction of harmonious forms and proportional applied to the Urbanism, Architecture and the Design; – Provide students with the knowledge inherent in the structure of forms and spaces, understood as forms of the operative conceptual process. – Provide the students with comprehensive and analytical theory, organized under the formal and conceptual point of view that maximizes and optimizes the projectual intervention.

I. Introduction of the constructions of paper forms – Principles of the construction of shapes in paper; – Knowledge of theoretical concepts in the construction of paper shapes and its aplication in architecture and design.
​II. Application of sustainable materials, like: – Paper and similar materials; – Cane and Bamboo; – Cork; – Sisal, etc..;
III. Morphogenesis – Identification of intrinsec geometries based on sustainable materials; – Exploration morphological reasoning in the development of three-dimensional models;
IV. Prototyping – Principles and techniques of fast prototyping; – three-dimensional models Transformation into prototyping models; – Developing Models from fast prototyping

Main Bibliography:
CHATANI, Masahiro, (1984) – Origamic Architecture, Ondorisha Publishers, Lda. Tokio;
CHATANI, Masahiro (1989) – Japanische dreidimensionale Faltkarten, Ondorisha Publishers, Lda. Tokio;
VYZOVITI, Sofhia (2006) – Folding Architecture, Spacial Structural and Organizational Diagrams, BIS Publiishers, Amsterdam; Other Bibliography

Continuous assessment, to be achieved through: – Exercises for the specific items covered in class – Exercise of end based on a theme to define annually – Development of a Scale Model from the background work – Presentation of all exercises under the form of an organized portfolio. – Attendance and participation (2) + specific exercises (10) + Final Exercise with Scale Model (8).