Green Materials: Arts, Science, and Construction


Fall 2013 quarter

Taught by

visual arts, architecture
sustainabilty studies, architecture
physics, sustainable design
Anthony Tindill
sustainable design


This foundational program in studio design assumes no previous background in design. Students should be eager to take on challenging intellectual, technical, and hands-on work, in the classroom and the studio.

In a world full of man-made stuff, what does it mean to be a maker of things?  How does what you make, the materials you choose, and how you shape them define and speak for you, as an individual, and as part of a culture or community, or an environment?  What’s been handed to you, and what will you hand on?

This is a foundational program for those who are drawn to envisioning and making things, from art and craft to architecture and environments, and who are open to thinking about that work as both creative self-expression and responsive engagement with materials, environments, and communities.  It’s a serious introduction to studio-centered creative work – each student will be part of a working studios to focus on individual and group 3D projects that address art, craft, and construction challenges at a variety of scales, with supporting work in drawing, design, and fabrication skills, materials science, environmental history and ideas, and sustainable practices. Collaboratively, we will engage this work as art, science, expression, and service, challenging such distinctions and looking for commonalities of approach and meaning.  Book possibilities include Pallasmaa: The Thinking Hand; Cooper: Drawing and Perceiving: Life Drawing for Students of Architecture and Design ; Berge, The Ecology of Building Materials; Steele: A Critical History of Ecological Architecture; Rothenburg: Survival of the Beautiful: Art, Science, and Evolution.

Engaged students will leave this program with new drawing, design, and building skills, experience with design as a multidisciplinary approach to complex problems, deeper understanding of materials and their environmental and social impacts, and fuller awareness of how the arts and architecture can shape environments and communities in ways that are ethical, beautiful, and sustainable. This program is preparatory for 3D Green: Craft and Construction that follows in Winter and Spring quarters.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

visual arts, environmental design, architecture, art education and sustainability studies. This program is preparatory for Green Materials: Craft and Construction that follows in winter and spring quarters.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online:

Required Fees

$20 for materials.

Special Expenses

Up to $100 or more for tools and materials, depending on individual projects.


Date Revision
August 12th, 2013 Fee reduced (from $50 to $20).
April 30th, 2013 The title has been slightly modified from "Green Materials: Science/Craft/Construction".
April 29th, 2013 This introductory program is now open to all class levels (freshmen through seniors). The description has been updated.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior; 50% of the seats are reserved for freshmen

Maximum enrollment: 69


Course Reference Numbers

Fr (16 credits): 10182
So - Sr (16 credits): 10307

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